What’s open? What’s closed?

Coronavirus ARCHIVED NEWS:

UPDATE: Stores: Our Stores are closed for the winter and will re-open early February 2021. Orders can be placed in advance by sending an email to the Stores Coordinator. When our Stores reopen you will be offered a specific collection time. You will also be able to visit and purchase during open times (using contactless card payments).

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.

Tool sharing: 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.

Entering RAA


Coronavirus ARCHIVED NEWS: Don’t come to the Rosendale allotments if you have any of the key symptoms – high temperature, breathing difficulties or cough.

We suggest you bring anti-bacterial or antiseptic wipes to clean the key pad locks before use at the three gate entrances then clean your hands after using the key pads.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water after entering the site – under running water at the nearest tap. DO NOT use or rinse hands in the actual water tanks.

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.

Children under supervision are welcome but they 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. Any visits by children to the toilet should be supervised.

Water and hygiene


Coronavirus ARCHIVED NEWS: We are turning on the water early – hopefully by this weekend (21 to 22 March).

– Most water tanks have taps which can be used for hand washing, all you need to bring is soap.
– DO wash hands under running water.
– DO NOT wash or rinse hands in the water tanks.
– We hope to install extra hand washing facilities at the main entrance so people can wash hands easily after entering or leaving the site.

Cancelled and closed

Coronavirus ARCHIVED NEWS: We have cancelled all group bookings of the Community Building – classes, kids parties etc.

AGM cancelled: The Annual General Meeting was planned for 21 April but it has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the autumn.

Centenary events cancelled: The summer events involving films and open days are cancelled. We can find other ways to mark the centenary and move some events into 2021.

Plot inspections cancelled: The May inspections will also be rescheduled to later. There is enough stress on plot-holders without having to worry about failing plot inspections. The building will still be used occasionally by RAA staff and volunteers helping run the allotments but we will be avoiding any meetings.


Community Building closed: Please don’t come into the building without a good reason. We want to keep the building safe for staff.

Site safety: When working your plot please give particular attention to safety issues for yourself and other plot-holders. For example any dangerously uneven paths bordering your plots and any sharp/projecting/overhanging objects/plants that could hurt passers-by.

Locked down

Coronavirus ARCHIVED NEWS:

Our Stores are now closed: Sadly, the RAA Stores which usually operate every weekend, will be closed for the forseeable future. We will keep plot holders updated here on the website and via the emailed newsletter if this changes.

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.

Tool sharing: 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.

Stores

Coronavirus ARCHIVED NEWS: The Stores are open this weekend (21 to 22 March) on both Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-12.30pm. This opening is subject to the following conditions:

– Only two customers can be in the Stores at any one time.
– No children or pets can come into the Stores.
– The compound gate will be locked to stop customers entering the Stores by the back door.
– Contactless payments would be preferred.
– If there is a queue outside, customers should stand at least two metres apart.
– There is hot water and soap available in the Stores as well as in the WC outside.


We have stocks of onion sets, seed potatoes, garlic, shallots as well as bulk manure and compost, seeds and fertilisers.

We will review Stores opening each week depending on how the current situation develops. There may, of course, be new official directives that make it impossible to open.