Birmingham And District Allotments Confederation
Representing Allotment Gardeners & Associations Across Birmingham

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IMPORTANT NEWS COVID-19 UPDATE

In these difficult times here is our advice on enjoying your plot and growing your produce. The advice comes from BCC Allotments, the BDAC and NSALG (National Allotment Society) 

Update form the NSALG 30/3/20

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.

We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so.

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

On site shop[s should now be closed and an online ordering system offered where possible. 

For the full advice please click on link below/

http://https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

Update 26/3/20

SITE COMPETITIONS 2020

Due to the current situation with the Corona virus outbreak it has been decided to cancel the site competitions for this year. If you have any queries please direct them to Clive Birch. Sorry for any inconvenience.

clivebirch@blueyonder.co.uk


Update 24/3/20

Michael Gove MP, UK Minister for the Cabinet Office, stated this morning on the television that going to and tending your allotment was considered exercise and therefore allowable under the current more stringent rules for slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Please continue to keep at least 2 metres away from other people – more is better! No gatherings of more than 2 people again keeping a safe distance unless in the same household. Remember the virus can be spread by contact from surfaces so if you touch something like a gate, padlock or tool touched by someone else, wash your hands with soap and water (even if cold) or use a proper hand sanitiser.


Are Allotments Open?
Yes allotments remain open currently to provide fresh air and exercise. However Government advice is changing daily so please keep checking here for updates.  

Are there Restrictions who can Visit their Plot?

Yes please follow government guidelines, if you are self isolating because of symptoms (either yourself or someone else) you MUST stay indoors for 14 days. Everyone else is welcome to enjoy their plot, but must keep a social distance of at least 2m or more.
 It is essential that no unauthorised 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 or with underlying illness issues or that is pregnant. Anyone who falls into the high risk group and should be shielding should stay at home and not come to their allotment site.  

What to do When on your Plot
Plot holders  should take the following precautionary measures :

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • Do not share tools
  •  Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • ·Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • ·Plan ahead to ensure that you have food medication delivered to you during this time
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possibe
  •  If you display any symptoms of corona virus stay at home and self-isolate  for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

What actions should Associations take?

  • Cancel plot inspections and any seed swaps planned, association trips, annual judging, scheduled Committee meetings / AGM’s also should also be postponed. 
  • It would be a good idea for Associations to give a telephone number or email address for anyone with problems so they can have someone to contact. 
  • Associations should have a notice stating  it is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash your hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in water tanks/butts. 
  • Those Association who operate shops will have to consider what action to take, whether to close and perhaps accepting cash is not a good idea.  We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plotholders and give assistance where needed.
  • Please don't penalise plot holders who cant get to their plot to work it. BCC have stated no one will lose their plot because of the pandemic. 

What actions are the BDAC taking?

  • We are taking advice from the government , Brimingham City Council, and NSALG and updating instructions/guidance as and when we receive them.
  • All BDAC exec meetings have been cancelled , the AGM has been postponed. Currently the Birmingham Allotments Show in August is still on. Decision on this will be made in a few months depending on the situation then.
  • Site visits from Exec members and advisers are cancelled until further notice. We can still be contacted by email Phone and normal post. Please contact us for any advice you need in these troubled times.

What other events have been cancelled?

With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events due to the impact on emergency services and heightened actions to encourage social distancing, the following RHS Shows will regrettably no longer take place in 2020: 

- RHS London Spring Launch & Orchid Show, 7-8 April
- RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, 17-18 April
- RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
- RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19–23 May
- RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, 26-28 June ( may be looking at  Harlow Carr can be moved into July, depending on government advice)

The RHS will contact everyone who has purchased a ticket and everyone will have the option of a full refund back within 21 days.

Other 

We are living through a crisis the likes of which none of us has experienced before, never before since war time, has the community spirit that exists  on allotment sites been more important.  Please be kind to and look out for one another during these very difficult times. Please please please follow government advice and the advice given here. Please stay safe . Best wishes to you and your families at this difficult time. 



Fundraising
The annual Birmingham Allotments Show takes a lot of time and money to organise. We are always looking for raffle prizes so please let us know if you have anything you can donate. If you have any ideas for fundraising events please let us know and we can pass this onto our fundrasier Cheryl Butler. Many thanks. 



Arkwrights Allotment Hints and Tips Now Active click here


PLOTS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE CITY CONTACT US OR YOUR NEAREST SITE FOR DETAILS OR click here

 


Annual Show at the MAC Cannon Hill Park August Bank Holiday weekend was the best show in years. The show committee made the brave move to hold this years show indoors at the MAC. A great decision and what a great show. Thanks to all that helped out in whatever small way. Thanks to the MAC for hosting and providing an excellent service. See show page for Show Secretarys report. 

Results of the show showing the points table Click here

Photos are credited to Hester Blewitt (Ward End Gardener'​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​s)  if anyone wants prints she can be contacted hester@reflective-eye.co.uk 

Site Competition results 2019 are out  click here


 

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