– The people you live with;
– Your support bubble, or, when you are on your own
– One person from another household.
Children under five, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside. Children must remain on or very near to their parentsʼ/carers’ allotment. They MUST NOT be allowed to stray onto other plots or roam around the allotments. If the toilet is open any visits by children should be supervised.
UPDATE, Stores: Our Stores are now closed for the winter and will re-open early February 2021. We plan to re-introduce our online ordering system in the new year – full details will be in a forthcoming newsletter and displayed on notice boards, together with a link to our 2021 stock list.
Toilets closed: They increase the potential for infection spread.
Tool hire service closed: For the safety of staff and hirers involved we have stopped the tool hire service for the time being. Plot holders should also not be lending/sharing tools or equipment with each other.
Restricted access: The Community Building and the old Committee hut can only be entered by staff or volunteers approved by the Management Committee.
UPDATE, Coronavirus: Don’t enter Rosendale allotments if you have any of the key symptoms – high temperature, breathing difficulties or cough.
It looks like infection risks will get worse before they get better, so we need to be vigilant to keep the allotment a safe haven for all.
UPDATE, hands: The hand washing taps will continue by the Community Building, outside the main gate and at the two Lovelace gates. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or sanitise after entering the site – under running water. DO NOT use or rinse hands in the actual water tanks.
UPDATE, face: You may or may not want to wear a mask in the open air but always bring one with you. We now have a face mask rule if more than one person is in any RAA building.
UPDATE, space: Keep your distance from others – two metres (three paces) minimum and catch coughs/sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. The allotments, especially at the moment, is not the place for gatherings or parties. Government Lockdown 2 rules ban more than six people meeting outdoors and we have an RAA limit of four per plot.
UPDATE: The water flow to the site tanks was turned off at the start of November. Hand washing facilities will remain at all three gates to help reduce Covid infection risks. DO NOT wash or rinse hands in the water tanks.
UPDATE, Masks: We now have a face mask rule if more than one person is in any RAA building.
Safety first: Apart from Covid-19 safety measures and general fire and firework risks, the paths are more dangerous and slippery than usual. So, we would urge all plot-holders to put safety first, avoid fireworks on site and resist the temptation to invite anyone up.
Plot number signs: 70% of plots now have a clear plot number in the corner of their plot nearest to the Community Building – well done as this will save a lot of time over the next year especially as we work with plot-holders over the safety of their paths and plot borders.
But if you are in the 30% who have not got round to it yet – please do! If you want to take time to be creative with your sign – just put up a temporary one to help us.
Bonfires are currently allowed on the RAA allotments between 1 November and 31 March but we’d prefer you to minimise the number of times you light a bonfire.
Remember: Burning causes air pollution which is harmful to older people, children and those with respiratory diseases and adds to global heating emissions. Burning plastics or rubber creates carcinogenic toxins that can be harmful if inhaled or through skin contact and can pollute soil for decades.
Alternatives to burning: Composting is best for all plant materials and will benefit your soil fertility. Branches and logs stacked on your plot can form a useful wildlife habitat. Recycling is safer for the environment for anything that can’t be composted. Vale Street recycling centre is right then left at the end of Rosendale Road (visits require booking) or you could use a green waste scheme for individual houses.
If you have a bonfire: Check for hedgehogs/other wildlife buried in any stack before lighting – it is best to MOVE the bonfire to a different location. Only burn dry wood and plant materials. Using a bin incinerator will burn hotter, more completely, reduce pollution and because it can be covered it is safer to leave when still smouldering.
Some don’ts: NEVER burn plywood, chipboard, MDF or any painted or treated wood. NEVER burn domestic rubbish, rubber, carpet, polystyrene or anything with plastic, foam or paint. NEVER use engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire. Don’t light fires if the weather is very windy or local air pollution is high. NEVER leave a fire unattended or to smolder, douse everything well with water before leaving.
Stuart Russell has designed our website based on a ‘responsive’ WordPress template created by the developers CyberChimps. Each layout adapts to view well on PCs and laptops of different screen sizes, iPads, tablets, phablets and phones.
People use an array of devices to view the web these days, we hope the RAA site works well on yours. If you see any problems or busted links please let us know. Be sure to include details of your PC/tablet/phone type, the browser you use and attach a ‘screen grab’ if you can.
And please, if you need a website designed for your business or organisation contact Stuart!
Here are a few essential tasks for maintaining your plot this winter.
Clean and oil garden tools ready for the coming spring; cover winter brassicas with netting to protect them from birds; prune your rose and berry bushes; plant out raspberry canes for the forthcoming summer; and bring a hot flask of tea to your plot and soak up the winter quiet.