The purpose of this site is to provide a central information service to all allotment holders of the above association.  Please explore the site and if you have any feedback please go to the contact page and speak to the author or the secretary.

Contact email:  opfgha.secretary@gmail.com

Burning Day

Further to my post on Sunday with regards to Burning day.

I have received a communication from the City Council putting in place a temporary ban on FIRES and Barbecues on all allotment sites, please see below:-

Due to the recent long hot dry spell that we have had, and the forecasters predicting that temperatures are due to rise again this week, with this hot weather expected to continue for at least another 10 days.

Therefore our August Burning Day has to be cancelled, and the lighting of any fire no matter how small is forbidden..

Signage will be put up around site.

Water update

Since my last post with regards to Water Usage members of the Committee got together to discuss and consider turning the water off for a period of time. After lengthy discussusions it was agreed that it would stay on.

Last months bill was exceptionally high, and although our consumption had reduced, this months may be relatively high too. Therfore, I urge you to use water responsibly and use a watering can whenever possible.

There has been a number of water authorities that have imposed hose pipe bans recently, although Severn Trent isn’t one of them, at the moment they are asking people not to use hosepipes, butI do expect them to bring a ban in to force soon, having not had any significant rainfall. The weather for the next 10 days predicts that tempratures will rise again, with no rain forecast, making the likelyhood of a hosepipe ban more likely.

Our “Water Usage Policy” states that sprinklers are prohibited, yet I have had reports that a few tenants are using them. This a blatant disregard for the rules that you agreed to abide by and will be dealt with accordingly. It certainly isn’t using water responsibly.

The committee will be meeting again on the 14th August and water usage will be on the agenda.

Coffee morning

Winnie will be hosting a Coffee Morning this coming Sunday 31st July.

The usual Bacon and Sausage cobs will will be available, bring along your own mug, is saves on the washing up.

Water

As temperatures have risen dramatically over the last few days, Severn Trent is urging everyone to think about using water wisely while enjoying the sunny weather, to ensure there’s enough clean drinking water for everyone during this hot weather, whilst helping to save money on bills too. In particular they have asked customers to water gardens with a watering can rather than a hose.

There is no hose pipe ban in place at the moment, but this could change very quickly if there are no significant amounts of rainfall soon.

They have published at list of tips, here are a few of them:-

Top tips for saving water are: 

  • When watering plants, use a watering can rather than a hose 
  • A sprinkler or hose can use as much as 1,000 litres of drinking water in just one hour – which is more water than a family of four would normally use in a whole day! – and thirsty lawns will quickly bounce back once it starts raining again     
  • Get yourself a water butt – it’s a great way to save water when it rains, and you can use the water for your garden when it’s dry – we’ve got discounted water butts available.   
  • Clean your car with a bucket or with leftover water from the paddling pool, rather than a hosepipe or pressure washer, it’ll save loads of water and help keep your bills down   

So, please use water responsibly, I recently had a complaint from a tenant stating that the gardener next door had had there hose connected for four hours, four hours!!!!. If that hose was running you could fill 4 x 1000 litre tanks in that time, that is equivalent to half of our sites normal average daily water consumption.

I appreciate that we are currently experiencing an extreme weather event, but we need to reduce our water consumption, so when possible, use a watering can to water the base of plants rather than soaking your entire plot with a hose pipe. When filling water butts or tanks, dont leave them unattended risking them overflowing.

I have been urged to turn the water off for a couple of days, but after considerable thought, rightly or wrongly I have resisted that request for 3 reasons,

  1. It is going to be a blistering hot day tomorrow (Tuesday), and it would be disastorous, if after all the hard work that gardeners put into growing there produce, should any crops fail due to lack of water.
  2. The decision to restrict water should not lie with any one person or persons other than the “Management Committee” as a whole, as I believe this would exceed there power of authority.
  3. There is no reference within our current “Site Water Usage Policy” with reference to “Heatwave’s” or “Extreme Weather Events”. This will need to be addressed, and the policy amended in the future.

Should Severn Trent introduce a hose pipe ban in the coming days or weeks, I would expect all tenant to abide by this ban, and though we have nothing in our Policy with regards to such a ban, should any tenant fail to abide by it. Please be aware, should any tenant/s fail to abide by it, it would be my responsibility as Secretary to inform the relevant authority who have been tasked to enforce it, and I assure you, I will.

I will hopefully be able to get our Committee together in the coming days to discuss our water consumption specifically, and will update the website accordingly.

John Stooke – Secretary

COVID 19

It seems that this Coronavirus and it’s many mutations are going be around for sometime, and according to some reports, infections are on the rise in most area’s of the UK, more so since the lifting of all restrictions.

When restrictions were lifted, the UK government published a huge list of “Guidleines” on its website, below I have inserted a snip it from the site.

If you leave your home

If you leave your home during the 5 days after your positive test result the following steps will reduce the chance of passing on COVID-19 to others:

  • wear a well-fitting face covering made with multiple layers or a surgical face mask
  • avoid crowded places such as public transport, large social gatherings, or anywhere that is enclosed or poorly ventilated
  • take any exercise outdoors in places where you will not have close contact with other people
  • cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose and before you eat or handle food; avoid touching your face

In recent weeks it has been brought to my attention that there has been a few cases of gardeners having tested positive and attending site.

As there is no legal obligation to isolate, I believe that it would be wrong to try and make any of our gardeners stay away, therefore, should you be unfortunate enough to test positive, but are still feeling well enough to leave your home and attend your plot, I will ask, in addition to the guidlines above, that you PLEASE :-

  1. Try and reduce the number of and visits to site
  2. Sanitise your hands prior to touching any common surfaces such as, padlocks & bolts on the main gates and water taps.
  3. Stay within the confines of your own plot, unless entering/leaving site or connecting/disconnecting your hose.
  4. Advise anyone that comes in close proximity or wishes to enter your plot of your positive status.

Please be thoughtful and consider others, they may have underlying health conditions that you are not aware of.

There is a sanitisng spray available at the top gate, but nothing by the main or bottom gates, I will look into putting something in place over the next couple of days.

John Stooke – Secretary

Coffee Morning

Winnie will be hosting a Coffee Morning tomorrow Sunday 17th July starting at 11am til 1pm.

Bacon and Sausage cobs will be on sale priced at £1.30.

Coffee Morning

Winnie will be hosting a “Coffee Morning” tomorrow 3rd of July from 11am til 1pm.

In addition to refreshments that are provided free of charge, she will be putting on “Bacon Rolls” for a small charge of 75p each should anyone feel a little peckish.