Allotment Site Maintenance over Autumn and Winter (2021-2022)

There have been more tasks to complete during this off-season, mainly because a reduced workload had been undertaken in the previous two years.

However, the vast majority of jobs have now been completed, as shown in the list below.

Notes:

  • items in red indicate those tasks that require volunteer(s);
  • items in black have volunteer(s) but the work has yet to be done;
  • while items in green have been completed.

Please inform us of any errors or missing items on this page.

Final update of this page on December 28th, 2021.

Car Park and Outside the Gates

Prune the beech hedge in the car park (C)

Spot-spraying with weedkiller in September (C)

Prune shrubs in the bed outside the gates, mainly on the Village Hall side (BK)

Other minor pruning in the car park .. elaeagnus, brambles etc (BK)

Fallen leaves cleared from the car park and outside the gates (BK)

Cut back the ivy that is straying off the bed outside the gates (BK)

Gulley adjacent to the seat – take the grille off and remove any stones which are embedded in it, plus remove soil / leaves in the gulley and in the chamber next to the gulley where the pipe which takes rainwater from the car parks down to the ditch starts.  This work is best done after the fallen leaves have been removed (GN).

Site

Pruning

Prune yew hedge along the boundary between the site and the Village Hall car park (GN)

Cut back shrubs overhanging plot 10 and the privet adjacent to plot 10 (BK)

Cut back branches of trees overhanging plot 29 (BK)

Light pruning around the seat, viz. overhanging shrubs and adjacent bamboo shoots (BK)

Light pruning of the copse area, including the cutting down of brambles (BK)

Prune laurel along the school fence adjacent to plots 34 and 35 (GN)

Ditch / Deer Fence

Deer fence line – spray with weedkiller in September (C)

Wood chip along the central section of the deer fence line topped up (BK)

Ditch – cut down weeds, holly, ivy and brambles on SW side of the site (LR)

Ditch – cut down weeds, holly and ivy on SE side of the site (C). Brambles to be tackled next season when the ditch dries out.

Small tree came down in the ditch in October. The top has been removed and the trunk cut in half. Job will be completed when the ditch dries out in the spring (C).

Replace any rotten or broken deer fence posts in March (C)

Leaves and Oak Seedlings

Cut down or remove oak seedlings in the SW area (LR)

Cut down oak seedlings in the copse area (GN).

Cut down or remove oak seedlings in the SE area

Remove other fallen leaves, mainly in the SE and NW areas. Ideally, lay them out in the copse area where they can naturally rot down.

Other Items

Burn material from the various pruning exercises – three fires in October (PS * 2 and GN * 1)

SW car parking area – more stones put down near the entrance where it can get boggy plus a top up of part of the wood chip surface (LR)

Water tank on the corner of plots 7/7a to be emptied and cleaned (DV-S).

The other water tanks have been dredged to remove soil and other material (GN and BK).

Maintain SW car parking area on an ongoing basis – LR has volunteered; ideally needs at least one other person.