CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: The situation is changing quickly, but as of now (September 2020) Archfields Allotments remain open.
Please note that the rules governing social gatherings have just changed, and NO MORE THAN SIX PEOPLE CAN GATHER OUTSIDE. This means there can be no parties or gatherings of people on allotments that exceed this number EVEN IF THEY ARE YOUR FAMILY. This is the law, and people who break it can be arrested and fined.
Please help us keep to the law, and if you see others breaking it, take a photo and email the site secretary on email@example.com We will not hesitate to call the police, and we will terminate the lease of anyone who breaks the law. There are many plot holders who are older and more vulnerable to the Corona virus, and our aim is to protect everyone.
Even with the gradual changes to lockdown conditions, please remember that some plot holders may be particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus and that the virus has not gone away: PLEASE MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND KEEP 2 METRES APART. Please don't bring visitors to the site. Wash hands frequently. We urge you to follow government guidelines and help to keep everyone safe.
UPDATED 05/06/2020 - (Gatherings and toilets))NAS Q & A On Allotments and Social DistancingProtect yourself and your familyWe are all living through a crisis, the likes of which the country has not experienced since war time. The community spirit that exists on allotment sites is now vitally important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times and take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of contagion from the Covid- 19 virus when you visit the plot.Covid -19 - The virus that causes COVID 19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. The droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces.Smaller airborne particles can remain in the air for some time. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of a person who has Convid-19- hence the 2m social distancing requirement, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.05/06 As lockdown restrictions begin to ease it is important that plot-holders do not drop their guard and remember that those over 70 years of age, regardless of general health are particularly vulnerable and should be limiting any contact with people outside of their household.Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis.Can I visit the allotment with my family?Yes, government guidelines state that you can exercise with members of your householdHow long can I stay at the plot?The Government have now removed the limit on exercise time.How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?Do not attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolatingTake a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels to the plot with you (cold water will work too).Use hand sanitiser (should be 60% alcohol content) before entering the site and opening any gate locksWash hands for at least 20 seconds after closing the lock, dry with a paper towelThe most effective part of hand washing is the drying using preferably paper towel to remove the layer of dead skin scales - on which virus and bacteria sit. Paper towel to compost heap.DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people- use an elbow to work the push taps.Wash your hands again for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel before opening and closing the lock to leave the siteUse hand sanitiser after closing the lockWash hands when you get homeObserve “Social Distancing” with each other 2 metresIf you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.Do not share toolsDo not wash your hands in water troughsI am self-isolating or shielding, cannot go to the allotment and worried about losing my plot, what should I do?Please make sure that you inform your Council Allotment Officer or Allotment Association that you are unable to visit the site, preferably in writing, so that they can make allowances for your situation.What changes should Allotment Associations make to site management?Pin up information about social distancing and hygiene on a notice board or the gate.It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.Undertake risk assessments and take appropriate action to reduce hazards around any areas of the site that could cause contagion e.g. communal water troughs, taps, and gate locks.Gatherings Associations holding outdoor meetings need to be aware that any gatherings of over 6 people (even if they are socially distanced) are illegal. Your plot-holders may also be asking for a loosening of access restrictions, we would suggest that a full risk assessment is carried out before any changes are made. - All communal facilities including toilets should remain closedCommunal Water Points many sites will have communal taps and water troughs, the use of which could potentially spread the disease. The water supply itself is chlorinated https://www.wessexwater.co.uk/coronavirus. Associations may want to consider a system whereby volunteers fill up plot-holder’s water butts from the taps. The volunteers would wear single use gloves for de-gloving advice) and follow good practice around social distancing and hygiene.Toilets - the Society's view is that most allotment association's do not have the capacity to fulfill the necessary requirements to safely open and clean site toilets, especially as most are compost toilets with no running water and where bleach/disinfectant should not be introduced to the system. We would also question whether it is reasonable for an association to ask volunteers to carry out this risky activity. Public Toilets that are open are subject to regular (more than once a day) deep cleans by operatives in disposable PPE and are closely supervised. The government also advises people to avoid public toilets.Shops - many of you may be aware that Garden Centres have begun to re-open and are considering re-opening your Allotment shops. The Society considers that unless you are able to comply with the stringent conditions within the Horticultural Trades Association guidance for Garden Centres ,that Allotment shops should remain physically closed with an online/remote system in place. Bonfires and BBQs - Could those Associations who allow bonfires all year round ask people to consider their neighbours and not burn anything during this covid19 emergency. Many sites are surrounded by houses where vulnerable people may be getting their only bit of fresh air through an open window. This consideration also applies to BBQs.Non-Urgent: Dial 101 to report a crime after it has taken place. National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners Ltd
Archfields and Covid-19. At the moment and subject to change:· Plot holders who are over 70, have underlying health conditions or pregnant women must follow guidance and information from the government, this is available from government websites, news channels and Age Concern.· Plot holders who are self-isolating because they have the symptoms of coronavirus must not visit the site until they are out of self-isolation· Plot holders who are self-isolating due to someone they live with having symptoms of the virus must not visit the site until they are out of self-isolation · Please pay attention to notice boards· Visit Archfields Website at “archfieldsallotments.co.uk” for updates· Restrict visits to plot holder and immediate household members· Do not bring visitors to the site during this time· Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly· Use hand sanitiser before opening and after closing the main gate· Observe “Social Distancing” with each other to 2-3 metres· Do not share tools· Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshake· Do not wash your hands in water troughsIf you are unwell and cannot attend the allotment for a period of time, please let someone know. Others may be able to help out with jobs like watering etc. The committee will then know that the plot isn’t being neglected. Government advice is being updated regularly and this advice may change.Please look out for others and stay safe.