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Welcome to The Binswood Allotment Society

Welcome to Binswood Allotment Society – a happy, thriving community in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa.

With more than 125 members tending 165 plots, our gardens are as popular today as they were when they were first established 99 years ago.

Our members come from a wide cross-section of the local community – young and old alike – all inspired by the desire to ‘grow their own’ and enjoy the exercise, fresh air and freedom of allotment life.

If you’d like to know more you can contact us at: info@binswoodallotmentsociety.co.uk
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Plot Inspection Announcement

 

Thank you, everyone, for doing your part to adhere to the social distancing guidelines in place at the moment. We hope you have been able to get outside to enjoy time on your plots. Many appear to be in great shape!

 

As we do twice every year, members of the Committee will be conducting a survey of the site next weekend, 23/24 May 2020. This inspection is an opportunity to review plots and communal areas to identify any potential problems or issues, enabling the Society to address them before they become less manageable.

 
A few reminders:
* Plots should show signs of being cultivated and actively managed.
* Paths between plots should be kept passable (e.g. mowed/strimmed).
* Plots should not be used as storage facilities/dumping grounds for large quantities of building materials or recycled items (which can too often be abandoned and left for the Society to clear at our expense).
 
It is important to note that we understand that some members may not have been able to tend to their plots this year as usual because of the Coronavirus lockdown. Please get in contact with us if you have not been able to come to the Allotment because of this or other personal circumstances. Other members may be able to provide some assistance with maintaining your plot in your absence.
 
 

 

AGM 2020 Cancellation and Coronavirus precautions

Dear Plot holders,
This is an uncertain and worrying time for all of us. The unprecedented measures taken to mitigate the Coronavirus have begun to affect our lives in profound ways and will do so for the foreseeable future. The Committee have agreed that the AGM, previously scheduled for Sunday the 29 th of March, will be cancelled. As there is no clear sense of when we might be able to meet as a group going forward, we will be sending out an email summary of 2019’s activities instead. This will include information about this year’s plans and projects and you will have an option to review the Society’s accounts if you wish to do so.

The situation is developing and changing rapidly, and governmental guidance may change again in the future, but for now we hope to be able to continue to go to and tend our allotment plots. However, the Committee need to make clear the conditions under which we must operate, especially as many of our members are older or have health conditions that put them at greater risk of serious complications from catching the virus. Please adhere to the following measures:

  •  Practice “social distancing”. Keep approximately two metres away from others and do not congregate in groups. This will be difficult and impact on the social nature of our allotments, but we must all do our part to thwart the spread of this disease. Please be considerate of others’ needs and concerns.
  • Be aware of gate locks and handles and other features that are used communally. Take proper precautions when touching these surfaces.
  • Members only should be on the allotments. All dogs should be kept on leads when walking across the site.

We are aware that members may need to self-isolate and may become unwell. Please get in touch if you are in this situation to let us know (binswoodallotmentmembership@gmail.com) so that we can monitor the situation. We may be able to assist you, with the help of our community’s volunteers, to manage your plot in your absence. Thank you for following the above guidance to help us safeguard all of our members. We hope that we will be able to continue to cultivate our plots responsibly in this way during this difficult time.
Take care,
The Binswood Allotment Society Committee: Kristen Lawrence, Robin Cathcart, Mark
Fairbairn, Martin Hurst, Tristan Stephens, Meg Van Rooyen