March 31st, 2020
Reviewed 5 January 2021
What the NAS is doing to help members during the National Lockdown
The National Allotment Society is working to support plot-holders and associations so that they can continue to work their plots and manage sites in a safe and secure manner during the pandemic. We 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. This is a constantly changing situation and we will review this page on a regular basis.
Please remember to carry on using social distancing and taking hygiene precautions when visiting the site and touching communal surfaces. Plot-holders over 70 years of age, regardless of general health are particularly vulnerable. It may feel safe on an allotment site but there are still risks.
During the current lockdown you can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
If you break the rules The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
HANDS: FACE: SPACE and only leave home for essential purposes
NAS Q & A On Allotments and Social Distancing
Protect yourself and your family
Covid -19 - The virus that causes COVID 19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. Some droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces. Other 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.
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. However, social activities on site must cease and you can only visit once a day.
Can I visit the allotment with my family and friends?
You can use your plot to exercise once a day along with members of your household, your support bubble or one other person. If you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to the Secretary or a Site Rep so that they can authorise and are aware of who is on site. It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency. Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.
Can I drive to my plot?
Yes, it is permissible to travel to access local green space to exercise.
How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?
Please make sure that you inform your Allotment Association that you are unable to visit the site, preferably in writing, so that they can make allowances for your situation.
Gatherings. Communal activities should cease for the duration of the lockdown.
Communal facilities. Communal rooms should remain closed.
Click here to go to the full text of the NAS Guidelines
The 2019 Awards Evening was held on September 9th. The Mayor of Ely, Michael Rouse presented the trophies and Certificates of Merit were subsequently distributed by the site reps.
Talks this year
Peat-free compost Presentation by Catherine Dawson from Melcourt Industries
New Regulations for Control of Rodents.
This is essential information for all tenants, presented by Ken Brown, Vice Chair of the Association. There have been big changes in the way poisons and traps can be legally used. New regulations are now in force with high penalties for non-compliance including large fines and prison terms. See this article on the Info page summarising Ken's talk, or download the file here.
A J FENN CUP for best allotment in Ely (and winner’s certificate)
Joint winners Stewart and Teresa Bye –Bridge Fen and Colin and Olive Bowles – New Barns
3rd place certificate: Vala Carter – New Barns
HOLDEN-ROLFE CUP for best small plot (and winner’s certificate)
Gareth and Bev Owen – Upherds Lane
2nd place certificate: Valerie Sims -Upherds Lane
3rd place certificate: Trevor Brown- Upherds Lane
MICHAEL UNGAR MEMORIAL CUP for best newcomer (and winner’s certificate) Richard & Svetlana Hayes - New Barns
2nd place certificate: The Dalton Family - Bridge Fen
Joint 3rd place certificate: Fil and Til Utting Brown- Bridge Fen and Diane Scott and David Watts- Bridge Fen
The following trophies will be retained by the winners.
JACK CLARKE TROPHY for best plot on Bridge Fen Stewart And Teresa Bye
MAURICE HOBBS TROPHY for best plot on New Barns Colin and Olive Bowles.
NIGEL CLARKE TROPHY for best plot on Upherds Lane Gareth and Bev Owen
JACK KEMP TROPHY for best plot on Back Hill & Canterbury Avenue
CITY OF ELY ALLOTMENTS AND GARDENS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019
Chair – Graham Bond
The first Annual General Meeting of the above Association was held on Monday 11 March 2019.
3. Site reports
4. Stores report
5. St Mary’s Garden report
6. Treasurer’s Report
7. Election of Officers
All officers are elected annually. The officers are CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, TREASURER and SECRETARY.
9. Allotment Rent
10. Website and gmail
11. Any other business
The City of Ely Allotments Association Awards evening was held on 3rd September with presentation of trophies by the Mayor, Councillor Mike Rouse.
A J FENN CUP for overall best allotment in Ely:
Joint 1st place: Stewart and Teresa Bye–Bridge Fen & Colin and Olive Bowles–New Barns
3rd place certificate: Vala Carter–New Barns
HOLDEN-ROLFE CUP for best small plot:
Alan Church–New Barns
2nd place certificate: Owen Howe–Bridge Fen
3rd place certificate: The Dalton Family–Bridge Fen
MICHAEL UNGAR MEMORIAL CUP for best newcomer:
The Dalton Family–Bridge Fen
Joint 2nd place: David and Dianne Scott–Bridge Fen & Richard and Svetlana Hayes-New Barns
JACK CLARKE TROPHY for best plot on Bridge Fen:
Stewart and Teresa Bye
MAURICE HOBBS TROPHY for best plot on New Barns:
Colin and Olive Bowles
NIGEL CLARKE TROPHY for best plot on Upherds Lane:
JACK KEMP TROPHY for best plot on Back Hill & Canterbury Avenue:
PETER MERTON TROPHY for achievement on Bridge Fen:
Two presentations on aspects of allotment holding were given:
Move over goji berries and green tea and make way for the humble tattie. The latest research suggests potatoes can play a significant role in helping combat everything from heart attacks to cancer and strokes and now it seems they could even stave off dementia.
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Have you heard about the invasive New Zealand flatworm? They might be coming to a garden near you...
Read this article and see the video to be on the lookout for this unwelcome visitor.