It’s the start of another gardening year, and however dispiriting the weather may be now, the ground will be warming up soon.
The Tenant Inspectors (Sylvia Harris and Roy Hayward at Oathall Avenue, and Murray Crump at America Lane) and Helen Hewett of the Town Council will be performing the first Inspection of the year at the Council-managed sites at Oathall Avenue and America Lane on 13th February – next Wednesday.
The aim of this Inspection will be to set a baseline for the plots from which we can expect to see standards improve as the year continues. Where the Inspectors feel that plots haven’t been prepared as well as they might have been the tenants will be contacted and given a reasonable time to get things in shape. The Inspectors themselves will be very willing to give advice and support to any plotholder who is having difficulties – just let us know.
If you’re on the sites next Wednesday and want to talk to us about anything you are very welcome!
The Tenant Inspectors and Helen Hewett visted both sites on Wednesday 13th. At Oathall Avenue there were several plots where Helen would be contacting the tenants to remind them of the need to bring plots up to a good standard, and there were new plots available as a result of tenants leaving or downgrading their requirements. Helen would be contacting those on the waiting list to try to meet their needs as soon as possible.
At America Lane the general standard of preparation over winter was felt to be a little better. The Inspectors were particularly pleased with two plots that had been taken over during the winter and work had begun immediately to clear and cover them ready for cultivation. A further plot was being taken over this week. Helen advised that the river side and the land ditch had both been cleared by the Grounds Team, and that tree surgeons would be coming to clear overhanging trees on council land that overshadowed plots on the America Lane side of the site in two locations.