Covid 19 - Allotments in Edlesborough, Dagnall & Northall
Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, EPC are awaiting the results of the National Allotment Society's consultation with central government but as they understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, to take daily exercise on their own or with members of your household. 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.
Any plot-holder who is self-isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, DO NOT wash hands or use detergents in the water containers.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency.
Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.
We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.
Tenants must take the following precautionary measures:
- Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
- Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
- DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres
- Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
- If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
- Do not share tools
- Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
- Do not wash your hands in water containers
If you have livestock on the site and must visit twice a day, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock, based on what is happening in other countries you may eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.
If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.
Edlesborough Parish Council is a keen supporter of allotments and is responsible for four areas:
Total no. of
|Plots currently available|
|Cow Lane, Edlesborough||29||0|
|Main Street, Dagnall||42||0|
|Leighton Road, Northall||20||
No existing established plots
but new ones could be created from field
All the allotments have a water supply.
The sizes of the allotments vary from a nominal 126.50 m2 (5 poles) to a nominal 506 m2 (20 poles)
Allotment Waiting List:
The Council now holds a waiting list for plots at all sites. Any person interested in taking on a plot should in the first place provide their contact information to the Clerk to be added to the list. When a plot comes available the Clerk will consult the waiting list and offer the plot to a new tenant accordingly. Tenancy applicants that reside within the Parish of Edlesborough will be given priority where there is a waiting list.
Due to the high administration costs involved in collecting late allotment rents, a £10 late payment fee will be charged if full payment is not received by the end of October.
October 2019 to September 2020 £2.00 for 25.30 m2 per year (£2.00 per pole per year)
NB From October 2021 the rent will increase to £2.10 per pole as agreed at the May 2020 Council meeting.
The most significant costs for operating the allotments are for water and cutting the hedges around each allotment. The Council gave notice to all Allotment Holders in 2009 that rental costs would be increased over a transitional period of 3 - 4 years to achieve the Council's policy for total rental income from all 4 allotments to cover the total cost of operating all 4 allotments.
If you are interested in taking on an allotment, or would like any further information, please contact the Parish Clerk: Phone: 01525 229358 e-mail: [email protected]
You can also view the EPC Allotments Tenancy Agreement
N.B. 1 pole =5½ yards x 5½ yards = 30.25 sq. yds. = 25.30 m2