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.
Coronavirus: 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.
Despite the wild, wet and windy weather the Seed swap went ahead on 15 February. Plenty of allotment saved and packaged seeds were available. It was fascinating discussing the unusual and varied crops members had tried and to hear about their varied successes. Anitha made a delicious dahl soup and both Pek and Cheng had baked sourdough bread, equally delicious.
All the left over seeds will be available in the stores for a small donation.
The RAA sustainability group met again in January. We discussed reducing peat use on the site, a review of site survey criteria to include provision for wildlife and recording the wildlife on site. The Allotments has been designated a site of local importance to wildlife. We thought it would be interesting and fun to create a record of all the wildlife it supports, both plants and animals.
We have created a wildlife record sheet pdf which you can download here and print off or can be found in the community building in a folder under the care of the site officers. You can fill in a record of anything you see and if you manage to get a photo or movie clip please send it in, we’ll share good ones on the RAA website. If you are not sure what creature you have seen there are wildlife apps such as iNaturalist that can be downloaded for free to check what you have seen, otherwise ask a fellow plot holder or check in a wildlife identification book.
Rosendale Allotments’ Stores are open for the 2020 season, they’re fully stocked with everything you may need for your plot. Located on the forecourt of the Rosendale Road main entrance the Stores open between 10.30am and 12.30pm Saturdays and Sundays in the growth and harvesting periods each year, open for Sundays only during August.
Our Stores are run by RAA members for RAA members with any profits helping to fund Association activities and keep rents down. If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help in the Stores, please call in during opening hours or send an email to the Stores organisers.