Time to find your cheque books! It's that time of year again. The Shed will be open from 10am - 12 noon on :
Saturday / Sunday 2nd and 3rd October
Saturday / Sunday 9th and 10th October
Saturday / Sunday 16th and 17th October
Please make sure that you come to the Trading Hut to pay your rent on one of the above 6 days. If there is a very good reason why you can't make one of these dates LET US KNOW!!! It is very time consuming and frustrating to have to chase late payers and please be reminded that if you fail to pay your rent on time, you risk losing your plot.
If you do not intend to renew your tenancy and wish give up your plot PLEASE have the courtesy to let us know asap and certainly before these dates. Please email me if this is is the case.
We can only accept cheques or cash.
Be advised that the Rent for the coming year is, yet again, unchanged.
Full Plot £80 (concessional rate £40)
Half Plot £40 (concessional rate £20)
Water ( £20 full plot £10 half plot), and hose ( £10 full plot £5 half plot) and membership £10.
Concessions apply once you reach the age of 66 (born 1955 or before) on one plot only per household and only apply to the rent not water or membership.
Thank you for your co-operation.
HORSE MANURE DELIVERY
You'll be pleased to know that we have finally been contacted by the Stables Horse Activity Centre. They are clearly up and running again and can make a delivery to our site next Tuesday (7th)
We have raised the price just a little to 50p for 1 barrow, £1.50 for 4 and £4 for 10. We do make a regular donation to the Stables as a "thank-you". You can take the manure and pay the next time the shed is open. Because there will be a big demand for the manure after such a long time, we have decided to limit the number of barrows to 10 per plot holder.
We would remind you that this manure can be quite "fresh" and would benefit from being stored for a good few months before use.
Before you put waste into the skip, please, please read the info posted by it. It is ONLY for non-compostable green waste from your plot NOT for waste that can be composted. Unless your waste is diseased or pernicious, it should go on your compost heap. The scheme is working out to be far more expensive that we had planned for because plot holders are not doing as they have been asked. If this continues to happen, there is a danger that we will have to think very hard as to whether we will be able to continue with it. If you do not yet have a compost heap, build one ( or more) - the vast majority of your waste can be put on it and it will provide you with free compost after just a few months.
You may notice a rather odd little gadget attached to the tall post behind the Trading Hut. A few months ago, Imperial College emailed us to ask if we would be a host to a sensor which would measure the air pollution; one of many sited around London. Results from our sensor and others will later be available on the Breathe London website. Our deployment will have its own page highlighting our organisation and community.
You can find out more about it on https://www.breathelondon.org/about.
Although restrictions are easing, please remember the risk of infection is still with us and you should observe the rules that are still in place. It is now permitted for up to 6 people or 2 households to visit the site. You should still stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble and observe the hygiene advice. Updated advice is available on the Government and NSALG website.
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
Linked below is the Association’s new Health and Safety Policy together with statements outlining the required responsibilities of both the Committee and you, as plot holders. Please read and familiarize yourselves with these documents.
We continue to hold the occasional “communal” bonfire in order to dispose of old timber which cannot be put in the green skip. If you would like to be made aware of the next one near you, please ask. We will stop having them in the summer months.
We’ve started a new Facebook group, run by plot holders and we’d love you to use it to share your highs and lows, successes and failures, tips, questions, recommendations and generally anything related to our site and allotmenteering. The group is only open to Cat Hill plot holders. You should read the group rules when joining – posts must be polite and helpful. This is a community-run space – please still speak to the committee if you need ‘official’ advice.
If you are already on Facebook, you can find it as below:
Whilst we are aware that the past year has been a tough one and some plot holders have found it difficult to attend to their plots, we are very concerned about the state of some. It is clear that no work has been carried out for many months or longer. If you are unable to visit the site for a long period, please let us know. It is not fair to your neighbours or to those of us responsible for running the site to allow your plot to become uncultivated and your paths overgrown. We have a waiting list of about 40 + and if you are not intending to use your plot, another person should be given the opportunity. A plot inspection will take place soon, when we will be looking for evidence of recent cultivation.
Despite constant reminders, we have had reports that gates to the site are still being left open. This potentially endangers our members and property. You must lock them on entering and leaving the site.