Working an allotment is a great pleasure that brings us exercise and enjoyment. But it is also hard physical work. Our allotments should be safe places to work and there are a number of simple steps that we can take to ensure safety.
Working our plots is physical! To minimise the risk of damaging muscles or joints, warm up a little before undertaking digging or other strenuous tasks and break up large jobs into small manageable sections.
Please make sure that your gardening tools are in good condition, that you are dressed appropriately for working your plot, and that you understand how to use the equipment provided by the Association. If you use any pesticides or other chemicals then follow instructions with care and ensure that they are not accessible to children.
The Association provides a basic first aid box (in the locked kitchen at Digswell; and in the cabinet attached to the front of the shed at Broadwater). In addition to this, plotholders should consider whether there is a need to supplement this to meet any personal medical needs.
Take regular breaks and drink regularly – staying hydrated helps to maintain concentration.
Before erecting sheds, plot-holders must receive approval from the LAA Committee. Any shed must meet the following requirements:
Before erecting greenhouses, plot-holders must receive approval from the LAA Committee. Any greenhouse must meet the following requirements:
Before erecting polytunnels, plot-holders must receive approval from the LAA Committee. Any polytunnel must meet the following requirements:
Before planting fruit trees, plot-holders must receive approval from the LAA Committee. Any trees must meet the following requirements:
Under the 1950 Allotment Act, keeping hens (and rabbits!) is permitted on allotments, so long as they are for the tenants own use and not for business or profit.
For the Longcroft Allotment Association the maximum number of hens allowed is four per plot.Cockerels are not allowed. If the hens cause nuisance or area health hazard to other plot-holders, or if their well-being is not adequately allowed for, the Association can require them to be relocated.
The animals’ basic needs must be met by the plotholder, and cannot be taken lightly. As a guide, you should expect to be able to visit them once per day (to feed and water the hens, and to collect eggs) but, under some circumstances (e.g. extreme weather), they may require two visits per day.
They will reward you with up to an egg per day per hen, a ready supply of chicken manure, and help with pests (hens love scratching around for slugs and snails to supplement their diet).
Further information on keeping hens, including advice on good husbandry, is available from the British Hen Welfare Trust web-site - www.bhwt.org.uk.