Longcroft Allotment Association is a volunteer led organisation created to support and promote allotments in the Welwyn Garden City Area.
We have two sites; the Digswell and Broadwater sites.
Situated in Brockswood Lane, Welwyn Garden City, the Digswell site has over 70 plots.
The Digswell site has water provision, toilets and a small kitchen.
Situated in Corals Mead, off Broadwater Lane in Welwyn Garden City, the Broadwater site has over 35 plots. The Broadwater site benefits from water and has toilet facilities.
When we inspect the plots every month we’re doing it to ensure that they are in good order and being actively worked. We’re not looking for the perfect plot but one that is being used and is well maintained. After all, no one wants a plot next to one neglected and covered in weeds.
We start the inspection in March and finish in November. It is very noticeable that those people that winter dig or cover their plot are off to a flying start.
Your tenancy agreement explains the rules about how much of your plot must be cultivated and the structures and trees allowed on the plot. As site inspectors, we’re looking to see that the rules are followed in a sensible, practical way. Everyone has an off month, goes on holiday or has other calls on their time. However if after a few months there isn’t any activity, or very little work going on, then we’ll report it and you may get a letter. That’s why it helps us all that if you have a long term problem, you let you site representative know, as there may be help available.
The golden rule is to have a productive plot that you’re pleased with, gives you pleasure and is one that makes you a good neighbour.
by Anne Freimanis (Digswell) and Sam Hayton (Broadwater)