1. Coronavirus update
6 April Update
The Government and police have clarified that ‘local travel’ to areas for the purposes of exercise is acceptable when necessary. However, all allotment holders should still walk to their site whenever they can and only take their car if absolutely necessary.
Greater care needs to be taken when it comes to the frequency of allotment visits and how crowded the sites can become. If you do take your car and there is nowhere to park in a designated parking area on site, then you will have to return home immediately. There is strictly no parking on the tracks or anywhere that blocks access.
With the weather set to improve I am very worried about sites becoming overcrowded and the risk to tenants becoming too high. Please follow all current guidance on social distancing at all times. If sites do start to become too busy then we will look at alternative measures to make site visits safer.
30 March update
Our allotments will remain open until the City Council are instructed otherwise, as they provide valuable physical exercise opportunities and mental health support.
Social distancing must be observed and individual sites may well be closed if this is not the case.
Individuals are requested to heed the current Government advice which is to stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
24 March 2020 Update
As you are aware the situation has changed regarding how much time we are to spend outside and where we are allowed to visit. The allotments are all currently open and will remain so until we are advised otherwise. Travel to and from the allotments is permitted if due precautions are taken. Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the government.
However, any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
If there is a community or trading hut on the site then this should not be re-opened until this level of isolation has been lifted.
The toilets on site are also now off limits for use by anyone. Do not use them under any circumstances.
We ask that all tenants visiting the site also bear the following in mind;
Please keep your distance from other tenants to help limit the spread of the virus. Follow current government guidelines about social distancing.
Do not share tools or any other equipment with another plot holder.
Be careful after touching site gates, locks or other communal assets. Disinfect your hands after each use.
The use of the sites if for allotment tenants only. No groups are allowed on site and only family members that live with the tenant can enter the site if the tenant is also present.
Do not use the water troughs to wash hands or equipment to sterilise them. The water is for watering purposes only. Be careful not to contaminate the troughs with any soap or other chemicals.
Please stay on your plot at all times and do not enter another plot under any circumstances.
If you have any further questions then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
18 March 2020 Update
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the latest advice given out by the Government, the management of the Exeter City Council allotment sites will be adjusted.
There will be no plot inspections taking place across the site until further notice and no warning or eviction letters for non-cultivation will be sent out to tenants until this outbreak has passed.
We urge all our allotment holders to do what they can to their plots to help reduce the growth of weeds and grasses during this time that may overwhelm the plot if you are unable to visit for an extended period.
As a Council we will also face restrictions over the coming weeks as to what we are capable of doing in terms of maintenance and repairs that might be needed. We will try and rectify these issues when we can, but it might be necessary in the mean time for allotment associations to come up with short term solutions themselves.
Hopefully this should all be over soon and the sites can be back to normal quickly.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
ECC Allotments Manager