Many thanks to Rob, Digger, Vic, Alex, Julian and any others who have helped with the resolution of the flooding and clearance of the culvert. That was quite a situation! I hope that plotholders haven’t lost too many crops, tools, sheds etc.
Two or three years ago deer were becoming a problem and it was decided to erect a deer fence to deter them. Some 72 plus angle irons were purchased and we were allocated a grant from the Abingdon Council for this purpose. We receive money from them in return for running the allotment as an Association and dealing with all problems, i.e. road repairs, security. Literally everything. It has worked well.
> Somehow this fence work was never started. This year Covid 19 put paid to any work we could do in groups. Meanwhile the deer have been munching their way through and over our plots, damaging and eating crops.
> Previous estimates for outside contractors were sky high and out of our reach. Andrew James did research recently and found a contractor, the only one to show interest, and has secured a quote of £5,975 to deer fence the whole of the West field side, the entrance gate, and a few yards up the A34 side. This does not make the site completely deer proof in one hit, but hopefully will deter future visits. The small gaps left I am sure we can”plug” ourselves. The fencing required will stretch for nearly 500 metres, and includes modification to the gate.
> After much deliberation by the committee, because of the expense, it has been decided to go ahead with this quote and have the work done as soon as possible.
> However, as our funds are in good condition at the moment, we will still be in a strong financial position to deal with other allotments aspects, ie. road repairs, security of equipment ,water supplies etc.
> We hope you will not see any more deer on our plots in the future.
> Rob Harrower
> Chairman Plot 85
Thanks to those who have already paid the rent for next year. Annual rent (£15 for a half plot, £24 for a full plot) is due on November 17th.
Please make a BACS payment to – Wildmoor Allotment Holders Association (a business account) bank code: 30 10 04 a/c no: 01197884 ref: plot no. and Surname
The AGM is cancelled this year owing to the COVID pandemic. Instead, on 17th November, you will receive reports from the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary. Lettings and Seed Secretaries. Please read these and forward any comments to the Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org. Wishing you all the best during this uncertain time.
The road repairs on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th are now cancelled. No Whacker Plate is available. I thank all the volunteers. Sorry for the late notice, A new date will be circulated.
Rob Harrower Chairman Plot 85
This is where you will find the latest information posted by the secretary and the chair, which we hope will be of interest to you.
COVID19 – The allotments are open to all members who feel that they wish to come and work, socially distanced from all those who are not in their family bubble. There is very little recent advice. The NSALG provided information and advice early on during the pandemic, and Q’s and A’s can be found here. We recommend that members bring gloves and hand sanitiser for the gates, and not to share tools, but that otherwise, the exercise and fresh air is very good for you. We have been doing plot inspections since July, but have not had face to face committee meetings indoors.