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Bonfires

Dear Members

LIGHTING OF BONFIRES ON SEAFORD ALLOTMENT SITE

The Committee wish to remind all allotment gardeners of the potential nuisance which may be caused by the lighting of bonfires on allotment gardens and the problems that can be caused by smoke emanating from the fire.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 where a Local Authority is satisfied that smoke prejudicial to health or a nuisance exists or is likely to occur, they may serve Notice requiring the abatement of the nuisance or prohibiting/restricting occurrence or recurrence. 

The penalty for contravention is a fine of up to £2000.

We are confident that most allotment holders are responsible and thoughtful in this respect, and simply ask you to examine the manner in which you have your bonfires and to ensure any occasional helpers are reminded of the need to observe common sense and respect for the comfort of the residents in the surrounding areas.

The Committee have produced Guidelines on the lighting of bonfires which we ask all members to adhere to (see link on left-hand side menu).

Most importantly please remember you must notify the Committee if you intend to light a bonfire.

We will take action against any member ignoring this request.

We thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely

SALGS Committee

April 2017

Managing the Meadow

Our Wilderness Project meadow had a glorious flowering of annual wild flowers this summer in its first season.

Next year we hope to see the perennial flowers coming through that are the main staple of the meadow.

We have other plans for the meadow next year to debate at the AGM, such as one off events we might have down there as well as the ongoing discussions about bee hives, so please remember to come along in March to the annual meeting to voice your ideas to continue the project.

The meadow was cut with an Austrian scythe and the green waste is removed to a temporary pile and will be cleared to compost areas, as leaving it on the ground will build up fertility, which is not good for a meadow (wild flowers thrive on decreased fertility).

 

 

Please do not get tempted to dump any weeds or allotment cuttings on the meadow site near any of the temporary piles of cuttings. The area must be left clear from now on in order for the area to develop.

Big thank you to our core helpers who cut the meadow this September: Cheryl, John, Wally (who turns out to be a scythe natural ) and of course, Richard who has done so much of the volunteering on this site ( Management never rests!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now all we need is some rain....

Up at the Hut area Paul, David and Michael are finishing a fabulous rain water station for washing hands with collected rain water next to our wonderful disabled compost toilet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol has planted a small hedge to give Vida and Paddy a wind break near their plot and has also planted colourful dogwood and rosa rugosa near the existing viburnum and more planting is planned behind the compost loo!

David has found some recycled pavers to use for a hard surface - we need some volunteers to lay these soon. If you can help please get in touch with David and Carol

Open for Business!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes it's installed and ready for action!

here's an update from Project Manager Carol Whitehead:-

"The loo was installed in 3 hrs, I have put up instructions for use basically no water is involved and this dry separation encourages good odourless bacteria to work. So gentlemen must either use the urinal or sit on the loo - no standing in front of the loo please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted the landscaper to install a large concrete area in front so there is plenty of room for a wheel chair if needed.

I will plant the rest of the saplings along the grass path for a wind break for Vida and Paddy and also plant some more shrubs around the area.

Paul is making a rain water station for hand washing on the concrete pad where the old chemical portaloo was."

 

"Elsewhere on the site, Paul West has also designed a brilliant water station area to collect rain water which will be useful during the winter months when the mains is turned off.

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