ALLOTMENT SOCIETY NEWSLETTER MAY 2021
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Posted 13th June 2021
DUCK SPOTTED AT LORDSMEAD
Plot holders at Lordsmead were egg-static to find a new resident this week!
WORK TO REDUCE FLOODING AT LORDS MEAD ALLOTMENTS
Following consultation with Chippenham Town Council a plan has been put into place to reduce the risk of flooding at Lords Mead Allotments. Please see letter that was sent to all plot holders at Lords Mead for more information (link will open in a new window).
Posted 25th May 2021
NO CHANGE IN ALLOTMENT FEES FOR 2021/2022
We have been notified by Chippenham Town Council that there will be no increase in allotment fees for 2021/2022
Posted 25th May 2021
ALLOTMENT COMPETITION 2021
Open to all CGAS members
As things are slowly returning to some sort of normality, the Society plans to hold a ‘Best Allotment’ competition this year albeit in a slightly different format which reflects the variation in allotment holders experience and to, hopefully, give more allotment holders the opportunity to be successful.
There are three categories/classes for differing levels of allotment gardening and experience: Novice, Intermediate and Expert
The categories are defined as follows:
Novice: For anyone who has had an allotment for two years or less and has not previously won a Best Allotment prize.
Intermediate: For anyone who has not previously won a Best Allotment prize.
Expert: For those who have previously won a Best Allotment prize.
There will be two prizes per category (provided there are sufficient entries) to reflect there are some people who are limited in the time they can devote to tending their allotment because they are in full-time employment.
Judging will take place on the 17th/18th July. If you would like to enter your plot please fill out the form below.
Criteria for Allotment Plot judging
|1. Cultivation and Workmanship||35|
|a) Plot and path well maintained: defined edges to plot and tidy pathways, grass paths cut and edged||15|
|b) Cleanliness: absence of weeds and litter throughout plot including on uncultivated areas. Canes and other planting aids stored tidily||15|
|c) The cultivated area shows signs of being regularly hoed, etc.||5|
|a) Variety of crops: 2 points for each type of vegetable, flower or fruit to a maximum of 15||30|
|b) Continuity: signs of successive sowing, planting or rotation including winter crops (eg. swede, leeks, sprouts/cabbage)||10|
|c) Utilisation of space, maximising available space||10|
|3) Quality of Crops||20|
|High level quality, good colour and vigour, little or no weather damage||13-20|
|Medium level, less vigorous, some damage, dead leaves||6-12|
|High levels of damage, poorly grown, weak plants||0-5|
|4) Pests and Diseases||20|
|Steps taken to minimise excessive damage by organic methods such as pinching out the tops of broad beans to inhibit black fly, use of collars or insect mesh to protect against cabbage root fly, barriers against carrot root fly.Plants should not show signs of nutrient deficiency|
|Low incidence of pests and diseases||13-20|
|5) Structures (Sheds, polytunnels, cloches, plant supports)||5|
|Condition of structures and appropriate use(Those without structures should not be disadvantaged)|
|6) Recycling, Environmentally friendly practices||20|
|a) Compost heaps/boxes, evidence of active use. Use of recycled materials instead of new, creative use of recycled materials, rainwater water collection and conservation||10|
|b) Any additional noteworthy features, eg. overall appearance, wildlife features, bird boxes, pond, etc:||10|
|Maximum number of points: 150|
Posted 13th May 2021