Archive for June, 2012

Troon Allotment Society Annual Show

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

19th AUGUST 2012  –  TROON ALLOTMENT SHOW.

You are encouraged to enter into as many classes as you’re able; you never know you might have grown the best in show!!

All members should have a copy of the various classes you can enter, for example:-

Numerous classes for Vegetables

  1. Flowers
  2. Home Baking
  3. Wine Making
  4. Chutney Making
  5. Kids Competitions.   Etc. etc.

All lot of work has been done arranging this show, so come on everyone and enter your produce.     There is also to be a Teddy Bears Picnic for our younger members and their guests (under 5’s) and for the adults a bring your own food and wine BBQ.    To make this day a success we hope to see the majority of our members.

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.

Rabbits

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.