Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Perimeter Fence

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

You may have noticed the many new notices that have been placed around the allotment site with reference to the dumping of allotment debris along the perimeter fence.     This practice must STOP because the weight of the debris is severely damaging the fence.

The society paid for the fence to be erected and cannot afford to have this repaired.

We have also had to clear the debris left in the Communal Composting area, much of this was inappropriate i.e. – carpets, old seed potatoes, large sods of weeds etc.  These will not compost down.   On the Notice Board you will find a recipe for good composting.

The removal of the debris has cost your society approximately £300 to date.

Many of your weeds can be buried on your plot to the benefit of your crops.   Dig a deep trench or hole two spades deep and bury the weeds.

Any member found dumping along the fence will be asked to remove it; the outcome could be if the member continues to dump along the fence, them being asked to resign.

Site Maintenance

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Maintenance of Whole Site.

Your Management Committee along with a very few volunteers give up their time for the benefit of the site as a whole.    This is not a duty of the Management Committee alone.

If members wish to maintain the present standard of the allotment site then members must be prepared to put in some time helping with maintenance and development.       If every one helps it takes the burden from the committee and the few very willing volunteers.

1. Planting of hedging along the Isle of Pins Road 2012

Approximately 400 young bush plants have been planted around the periphery. we must control the weeds between these bushes to enable them to prosper.

We have another 300 young bushes to plant.

2.   The digger you may have seen few evenings ago is unable to work between the close set trees along the North tree line, or between the hedge bushes planted along the West Isle of Pin perimeter fence.     Volunteers will be needed to manually remove the dumped rubbish at these locations.

3. Clearing the site of rubbish either blown in by the wind or left by members.

4. Keeping the communal areas free of stones, branches etc that will damage the blades of our mower, replacement blades would be expensive.

5. The committee was dismayed to find dumped steel cloth poles at the east perimeter of the site.   Unfortunately they were seen during a recent SAC inspection.   They must be removed.

Water Tank & Pumps

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

We have performance problems with the pumps supplied with the water storage tank and have purchased an improved pump. Please understand, the replacement pump will not simply bolt into the current mountings.     Modified mountings will require to be designed, fabricated and welded into place.

We have received many comments that “the tank is empty”.       The tank is filled, by volunteers – the persons who cut the grass, lift rubbish etc.  as and when they can.

It takes at least 40 minutes to fill, and has been filled almost every day during the hot spell, but usually twice or maybe three times a week.


Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

The committee made the decision to try and cut down the population of rabbits on site (we are all growing produce to feed our families not the rabbits) and have obtained the services of a gentleman who will use his Ferrets to catch the rabbits and remove them.

Rabbits are classified as vermin.    He has the permission of your Management Committee to be on site to do this task.

Japanese Knotweed

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Two areas of japanese knotweed have been identified within the allotment field -at the North East corner and along the East perimeter. This is a highly invasive and pernicious weed and landowners have a duty to control it. The allotment field is owned by South Ayrshire Council and therefore Gavin has contacted Mira at SAC and in turn she has spoken to the ground maintenance team. The most effective time to treat the plant with weedkiller is late summer and SAC have advised they will treat the areas sometime in August.

If anybody is interested in reading more about japanese knotweed the Environemnt Agency website has a page with a lot of useful information

Spring Treasure Hunt

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

A spring treasure hunt will take place on Saturday 28th April, 2pm, at the allotments.

We would love to see as many of the plotholder’s children and grandchildren coming along for a treasure hunt – parents can join in too!

Dancy dress optional!

SAC Plot Inspections

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

A quick reminder to everybody that South Ayrshire Council will be carrying out the first of their inspections during the week starting the 16th April.

Things to look for on your plot to make sure you are complying with the rules:

– make sure your canes and sticks have some kind of protection on the top

– observe the half height rule with all posts, fences, structures and planting

– make sure your plot is well tended

– keep the grass on the paths to the North and East of your plot trimmed

– make sure that your plot is worked!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Teddy Bear’s Picnic –  27th August at 2pm

Children to bring a Teddy Bear and adults can also bring their teddy bear too!

  • Fancy Dress for Children
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Barbecue – People to bring own barbecue, food and drink

If you can help out on the day then please let us know – the more volunteers the easier it will be to make it a great day!

Plot Inspections 10 June 2011 – Thank you!!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Thank you!

The committee did a plot inspection on 2nd March this year. We did one again last week and would like to thank several plot holders for taking on board our comments. Not one of the plots mentioned in March for having uncovered canes/posts had any in June. Only one plot mentioned in March still was not following the half height rule. We do realise all these adjustments would have involved some effort for plot holders. Thank you.

The committee.

Plot Inspections 10 June 2011

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

1) We have contacted South Ayrshire Council about the fact the following plots are still not being used ;- 31b,30b,51a,51b,9b,23a,19a,18b,15b,12b.

We do realise how frustrating it is that we have a long waiting list and these plots are empty and about to seed everywhere. It is out of the hands of the committee to allocate plots – South Ayrshire does this. However, one of the reasons we are being more pro-active this year in doing plot inspections is to provide proof to South Ayrshire. South Ayrshire also did their own plot inspection in April.

2) We would refer the following plots to the rules and regulations that were signed stating that the plots will be properly worked.

We have a substantial waiting list and these plots now have unworked areas with high weeds that will shortly seed. Plots 45,32a,31a,5a,12a,11a,17a,17b,21b,24b,14a.

3) All the above plots and also 2c and 2d have areas of unacceptable high weeds next to paths / onto paths that will shortly seed into surrounding plots.

4) Plants should not grow over paths or overshadow other plots.

22a will need to move raspberry canes this autumn or next spring please.

5) Plots where posts or netting are right up to path and not following the half height rule.


6)More covers on canes please as they are near the edge of the plot.

47A – only one but right by path, 30a, 24b.

7) We would remind plot holders that wire netting of any kind can only be used in a “cloche” type situation with the netting being in a semi sphere shape into the ground. This is NOT the committee that decided this but South Ayrshire. Initially South Ayrshire banned all wire netting from the site – but due to rabbits, mice etc let us use it for cloches only. This applies to wire netting that is well inside the plot.

4 plot holders will shortly receive letters on this.