ALLOTMENT HOLDERS MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE FROM https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/
The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.
We think that now is the time to work your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so.
It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene as per NSALG guidance and not gather together on site.
Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.
We are aware that at the moment some police forces are advising that driving to the plot will not be viewed as essential travel if you are stopped at a check point. NSALG is endeavouring to get central advice on this issue and we will post as soon as it arrives.
IN ADDITION - COMMUNAL BUILDINGS ON THE ALLOTMENT SITES MUST REMAIN CLOSED AND GLOVES ARE TO BE WORN WHEN HANDLING THE GATES AND PADLOCKS
Have you ever thought about growing your own fruit and vegetables but lack the space in your own garden? The Council manages two allotment sites in the town on Marshall Close and Manchester Drive, which are beloved by green fingers of all ages. The benefits of having an allotment plot are enormous and the sites offer a haven of tranquillity amongst the busy world around.
Both sites have their own Allotment Societies to allow all members voices to be heard and for any concerns to be raised. Quarterly meetings are also held within the Council and the sites are managed by our administration team.
If you are interested in renting your own allotment, please contact the Council on 01702 716288.
For a wax lyrical view on allotment life, read Ray Morgan's blog here.
Follow the link below to view the rents for the various plot sizes. All rents are charged annually, with invoices being sent in October.
Please note as of 7th August 2019, a deposit for an allotment key will be £6.00. Anyone returning a key who paid a deposit prior to this date will just receive their £5.00 paid.
We ask all our tenants to sign our Tenancy Agreement and adhere to the Council rules whilst using their Allotment site. These are put in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users.
Tenancy Agreement - The Tenancy Agreement is currently being revised. Please contact the office for any copy pending revision
N.B. With effect from 11th February 2020 tenants must not burn any material in any form on the allotment sites. Bonfires and braziers/incinerators are not permitted on any allotment site. The use of a BBQ is not permitted without prior written consent from the Council for a particular occasion.
The Council wish to ensure the safety of anyone using or visiting the allotments and ask that all tenants familiarise themselves with our Health & Safety Policy.
Bee Keeping is allowed within the Allotments but the Council has a strict policy regarding this to ensure the safety of all users. Please read our Bee Keeping Policy for more information.
Sadly sometimes things go wrong between tenants and the Council will do its utmost to assist by following a mediation procedure.
Manchester Drive Allotments is our largest allotment site with a total of 329 plots across 2 sites. The site has its own Allotment Society which assist in the running of the Allotment. Manchester Drive Allotment Society (MDAS) collects rent on behalf of the Council, undertakes self-improvement works and maintenance, and runs their own on-site shop and meeting room. In recent years the Society, in conjunction with the Council has worked to improve the sites security with new fencing along the northern boundary.
Aeriel views of the Manchester Drive Allotments. The plots can be accessed via a main and secondary entrance on Manchester Drive and via the gate in Randolph Close.
Marshall Close Allotments is made up of 10 plots, it is also run by its own society. Unfortuntely there are no available plots for this site at present.
Aeriel view of Marshall Close's 10 plots.