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Steve Clampin 0117 922 3737 0117 922 3854 0117 922 3744 allotments@bristol.gov.uk

14 June 2011

Dear Tenant, GROWERS GRAPEVINE NEWSLETTER MAY 2011 DISCOUNT APPLICATIONS Please find enclosed your discount application form. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU GET THIS TO US BY FRIDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER WITH EVIDENCE OF YOUR BENEFITS TO QUALIFY FOR A RENT REDUCTION. THE FORM MUST BE SENT TO: ALLOTMENTS OFFICE, COLSTON 33, COLSTON AVENUE, BRISTOL BS1 4UA. LATE FORMS WILL BE DISALLOWED WITHOUT EXCEPTION AND THE FULL RENT WILL HAVE TO BE PAID FOR THE PLOT CONCERNED. Please note that fewer discounts apply this year, so please ensure that you are eligible before sending in your form. RENT INCREASES 2012-2013 The rent increase for September 2012 has been agreed by both the Allotments Panel and the Executive of Environment and Community Safety. It will be a below inflation increase. The charges will be as follows: September 2011 September 2012 Chalet Gardens £85.00 £86.50 Large plots ( 270 - 420 sq/yd) £63.50 £65.00 Medium plots ( 181 - 269 sq/yd) £47.00 £48.50 Small plots ( 91 - 180 sq/yd) £31.50 £32.50 Very small plot ( below 91 sq/yd) £16.00 £16.00 Invoices will be sent out at the end of September. Please ensure that they are paid within the statutory 40 days to ensure that you do not lose your plot.

N e i g h b o u r h o o d s

Environment and Leisure Services 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4UA

Tracey Morgan Service Director

Website www.bristol.gov.uk/parks bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk


All plots have been re-measured this year. This may cause a change in the rent banding on some plots whose measurement was previously incorrect. All tenants who are affected will be written to prior to this taking effect. In addition, it is intended to transfer all plots from Imperial to Metric measurements, but this will not affect the rent charged. TENANCY ISSUES If you tenant less than 300 square yards (250 square metres), then you are entitled to take on an additional plot in order to bring your area of cultivation up to 300 square yards in area. However, to do this your existing plot must be satisfactorily worked and you must go through the waiting list. If you have a friend or relative who assists you with your plot, they do not have any right to inherit your plot from you when you leave, unless they are officially registered as a Co-Worker (except a spouse or partner who may inherit your plot). Again, they must go through the waiting list in order to do this. Please contact this office or your Site Representative if you wish to add someone to the waiting list to be a Co-Worker on your plot. BAN ON BONFIRES AND DISPOSAL OF RUBBISH The Allotments Panel have agreed to continue the summer ban on bonfires, between April and October. I would be grateful if you could ensure that you do not have fires during this period. Although bonfires are allowed between November and March, we would still remind you to be considerate to neighbours when lighting fires. If you do see someone lighting a fire during the banned period, please report this to your Site Representative or the Allotments Office and we will investigate (your details will remain confidential). In addition, we would remind you that the disposal of your waste is your responsibility, not that of the Allotments service. We would ask all tenants to consider the following with regard to this issue: 1] Do not bring material onto the site to burn, even in the winter months; 2] Compost as much material as possible; 3] Green waste that cannot be composted can be taken home and disposed of in your green waste bin. Even woody material will rot down if it is chopped up finely; 4] If you must have a fire, keep any material on your plot in a neat pile until the burning season of November to March; 5] Wait until the material is dry before setting light to it; 6] Even during the winter months, care should be taken not to burn damp, smouldering fires or allowing smoke to drift towards neighbouring properties. Enforcement action will still be taken during the winter months against tenants who cause bonfire nuisance or leave fires unattended; 7] Waste that cannot be composted or burned can be disposed of via the council's waste collection service or recycling service from your home address, or transported to the Civic Amenity sites at Days Road and Avonmouth.

N e i g h b o u r h o o d s

Environment and Leisure Services 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4UA

Tracey Morgan Service Director

Website www.bristol.gov.uk/parks bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk


'Allotment Wildlife Watch’ 2010 – The Results

Thank you for taking part in the ‘Allotment Wildlife Watch’ in 2010. The results provided us with some interesting information about the wildlife using our allotments. With a total of 85 species recorded, the results demonstrate that allotments can provide lots of opportunities for wildlife. Whilst all allotment sites attracted bumblebee, there were only two sites where lizards were recorded. Along with bumblebee, the results suggest that allotments are also important for frogs, house sparrows and slow worms. From the other 70 species that were recorded, 36 were birds, 24 were invertebrates (e.g. grasshoppers and dragonflies), and 9 were mammals. On some allotment sites the presence of bird species such as Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Goldcrest and Pheasant indicate the very special value of these sites in an urban area, as few private gardens will support such species. We hope you enjoyed participating in the survey. If you are interested in discovering more about the wildlife that uses your allotment, or would like to know what you can do to attract more wildlife to your plot, please check the allotments website over the coming months as we hope to put more information up there.

The list below shows the 15 target species that you were asked to record, and the percentage of sites at which they were observed. Species

Percent

Bumblebee

100

Frog

82

House Sparrow

79

Slow worm

75

Fox

74

Tortoiseshell

74

Toad

64

Starling

62

Painted lady

62

Badger

56

Song Thrush

49

Newt

38

Hedgehog

28

Grass snake

23

Lizard

5

We would also like to invite you to become a 'Wildlife Champion' for your site. If you are interested in encouraging wildlife and improving the nature conservation value of your allotments, and in liaising with allotment holders and the City Council on nature conservation matters, then please contact us. It is intended to provide information and advice to tenants on various aspects of wildlife and nature conservation, possibly including the running of workshops and activities on sites if there is enough interest. We would also welcome ideas from tenants as to how sites can be made more wildlife friendly.

N e i g h b o u r h o o d s

Environment and Leisure Services 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4UA

Tracey Morgan Service Director

Website www.bristol.gov.uk/parks bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk


ALLOTMENT COMPETITIONS The standard of entries is always very high, but we would urge tenants to enter your plots, or for Site Representatives and Allotment Associations to enter the best plots on your sites that you consider to be worthy of entry (check with the tenant first!). The Best School Plot competition is run in conjunction with Bristol in Bloom, so to apply for this competition please contact GardenShows@aol.com The categories are as follows:Best Kept Allotment Fred Brown Memorial (Best Allotment for first year tenancy, this can include plots taken on from spring 2010). Any photographic evidence of the condition of your plot when you took it on will be taken into account). Most Ecological Plot (plots that are cultivated with wildlife in mind, with features such as ponds, wildflowers, companion planting, compost areas, bird feeders etc) Best Scarecrow (adult and children's categories) Best Group Project (including community groups and projects helping disadvantaged people). It is not just for a group of tenants sharing a plot. Please include with your entry a paragraph about your project and what it is setting out to achieve. Judging of the Best Kept and Fred Brown Competitions will be held on 5th and 6th July, we again have Ray Davey of the National Vegetable Society judging with us for these two competitions. I would ask you to ‘come on and have a go,’ after all it’s just a bit of fun, entry is free so you have nothing to lose, and there is a prize of £50 for the Best Kept and £50 for the Fred Brown competition first prize winners, prizes for 2nd, 3rd and 4th will be gift vouchers kindly donated by Riverside Garden Centre, as will the prizes for the most ecological and Group Project plots and the best scarecrow. Criteria include quality and variety of produce, general appearance of the plot, and features such as wildlife ponds, compost bins, number boards, scarecrows, flowers and the like. Please ensure that your entries are returned to the Allotments Office no later than Friday 24th June. We have not yet arranged judging dates for the other competitions, but they are likely to be shortly after this date. We also award the Philip Hendy Memorial trophy for the Site Representative of the Year. If you would like to nominate your Site Representative for this award, for the work that they do on behalf of the site and its tenants, then please write to us explaining why you consider that they deserve the award. HOSEPIPES AND WATER WASTAGE The recent dry spell means that watering has been an issue for all of us. It is important to remind you that the use of hosepipes to water crops is forbidden. This includes siphoning water from troughs. Hosepipes may be used to fill up a water butt if a tap is available, but crops must be watered via cans or other suitable containers only. Anyone caught flouting this rule is liable to receive a Notice to Quit. We will be asking Site Representatives to report tenants to us who are seen watering crops with a hosepipe.

N e i g h b o u r h o o d s

Environment and Leisure Services 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4UA

Tracey Morgan Service Director

Website www.bristol.gov.uk/parks bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk


ALLOTMENTS ANNUAL REVIEW MEETING The above meeting has been arranged for Wednesday November 2nd at 6.30-8.30pm, at the Council House, College Green. It is hoped that this year's event will include a National Vegetable Society Panel for a Question and Answer session on fruit and vegetable growing. I will update you on this in the autumn newsletter. SITE REPRESENTATIVES Lastly, if your site does not have a Site Representative, please consider whether you may be able to assist us by carrying out this role. Rent discounts are available for those who carry out the Site Representative duties. Please let me know if you wish to see the list of duties involved. May I take this opportunity to wish you a successful growing season for the rest of 2011. Yours sincerely

Steve Clampin Allotments Manager

N e i g h b o u r h o o d s

Environment and Leisure Services 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4UA

Tracey Morgan Service Director

Website www.bristol.gov.uk/parks bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk


N e i g h b o u r h o o d s

Environment and Leisure Services 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4UA

Tracey Morgan Service Director

Website www.bristol.gov.uk/parks bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk


GrowersGrapevine May 2011