CoVID-19 Update - 24th March 2020
Many of you will have heard Michael Gove interviewed on TV this morning, sadly I missed the crucial bit, however I am told that he confirmed working alone (or in your family group) in the allotment did constitute the allowed daily exercise provided you maintain the required 2 metres from other allotment members.
I wrote to the RHS last night and received a reply this morning. They referred me to the NSALG statement given below. The full text is available through the link at the bottom of the page.
For members of the Imberhorne Allotment Association, your committee would very much wish to endorse the precautionary measures listed below, in particular :
- You are welcome to use the Allotments and its facilities at your own risk, unless we are precluded from doing so by Government directive
- Do not visit the site if you are self-isolating because you or a family member is ill
- Maintain at least 2 metres between non-household members
- Do not wash your hands in the water troughs
- Use hand sanitiser and wipe the gate lock and catch clean with household cleaner if you have it (I did twice this morning – more help from everyone required please)
- You may continue to use the container and the mowers (£2 a time to the honesty box) but please be aware this may be a common touchpoint. If you are using the mowers please clean them after use and wipe the handles etc. with a hand sanitiser or anti-viral solution
- If the container key is not in the lock box and the container is not open please ask a committee member and we should be able to advise or arrange
- Please consider parking in the public car park or leaving your car at home in order to reduce the numbers and the concentration of people in our on-site car park (I used my old bike today !)
- Stay safe and keep others safe too
Covid 19 Emergency Measures
March 23rd, 2020
Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, we are consulting with central g overnment but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, ideally on your own to take daily exercise. 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.
Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. 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 tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.
It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager. 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.
Members should 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
· Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
· Do not share tools
· Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
· Do not wash your hands in water troughs
· We recommend that all communal facilities are closed
The full text of the National Allotment Society’s advice is available at