Carlton Allotments, information and guidelines.
The allotments are situated on
Church Field, The Moor, Carlton, on land owned by the Diocese of St Albans. The
Field is administered by the Carlton Garden and Allotment Society (CGAS). The
Committee of the Society reviews and reprints the guidelines annually and any
problems with the guidelines can be raised at the Society’s AGM which usually
takes place in October. Application for the tenancy of a plot, and payment of
the rent, indicates acceptance of these guidelines.
The current rent is £1 per
pole from which 62.5p is paid to the Diocese (less a 10% handling charge). The
remainder is retained by the Society and contributes towards insurance, upkeep
of the field etc. Plot holders are also required to be members of the Society -
subscription £2.50 per named
member. It is necessary that all
regular users are named for third party insurance purposes.
Any other person helping on the allotment should be accompanied by a
named member. Plots are normally rented from October to
October and rents should be paid at the Annual Show in August/September, or if
is this not possible at or before the AGM in October. An invoice will be sent to
each plot holder with the summer newsletter. Payment should be made to the
Treasurer (Louise Roberts, 2 Carriers Way, Carlton). It
is the responsibility of the plot holder to see that the rent is paid. The
Treasurer should not need to chase after members! Cheques should be made out to 'The Carlton
Garden and Allotment Society'. If a plot is taken over
before the beginning of May (i.e. before the beginning of the growing season)
the full year’s rent is due. For plots taken over later a discount may be
2. Main expenses to be met by
- Public liability insurance for named members.
of field, cutting hedges, purchasing weed killer (see item 11)
fees to NSALG (see item 12)
expenses include support for village events (we are a ‘village
3. Plots available
There is no such thing as a
‘standard allotment’ at Carlton. Allotment size is flexible as plots are
rented per pole.
Contact person for new allotments: Sue
Harrison, Allotment Manager Tel no 720924, Email
4. Sheds, greenhouses and
other gardening-related structures
can be constructed on the plots but their safety and security remain the
responsibility of the plot holder. The Society is not responsible for any damage
or loss of items left on the allotments. Any
such structures must be removed before a member gives up the plot, unless, by
agreement the new tenant takes it on.
5. Livestock may not be kept on the plots. Any dogs brought on
to the allotments must be kept under strict control.
6. The Allotment Field is not a playground. Children should be
encouraged to learn about gardening and they are welcome on site when they are
assisting members with their plots and learning new skills - however they should
always be supervised by a responsible adult who must ensure that they do not
wander on to other members’ plots and do not cause damage. Children should not
be allowed to play by or in the brook.
7. Maintenance of plots
A plot holder is responsible
for keeping his allotment in a reasonable condition. This includes strimming or mowing the paths around your allotment. In
addition, IF your allotment is adjacent to a peripheral hedge, it is your
responsibility to keep the inside of the hedge tidy (the Society makes
arrangements for the top and outside of the hedges to be maintained). An
allotment is not to be used as a place to dump material that is not of any
obvious use in growing plants or maintaining an allotment. If
junk is left on the site it may encourage fly tippers to add even
more. Plot holders should try to prevent
‘their’ weeds from seeding and affecting other people’s plots. They must
be aware that if their plot is neglected and becomes overrun with perennial
weeds it will be a long and difficult job for the next tenant to bring it back
into reasonable condition. If a plot holder has difficulties we will try to help
but if the weed situation is dire the committee reserves the right to take
action (such as calling in a professional gardener with the necessary equipment
to clear the weeds) and have the bill sent to the plot holder. This situation
should not however occur and should the same situation happen a second time, the
warning process will be put into effect (see boxed section). Take care if using
chemical sprays, do not allow spray drift. Ensure that containers of spray do
not drip. Treat water used to rinse spray containers as potentially toxic.
Consider other plot holders! Some
plot holders wish to use their plots ecologically. If you have
any disagreements with neighbouring plot holders try to settle them amicably,
only involve the committee as a last resort.
Plot holders should be mindful
of the instruction given by the Borough Council that green garden waste should be composted and not burnt. However when
plot holders find it necessary to dispose of small amounts of woody pruning or
diseased plant material these should
be placed on the communal
in the Allotment Field. These change
location from time to time, so if you are unsure of the location, please check
with the Allotment Manager. The material will be burnt by a
designated allotment member with assistance if required, when the material is
dry and the wind is blowing from an appropriate direction. The
designated member should be aware that bonfires must be in a cleared
area, well away from hedges or any property (minimum of 10 metres) and should
only be lit when the wind is blowing away from adjacent houses (bonfire smoke
has caused aggravation to local residents and brings the Allotment Society into
disrepute). Any fires must be kept under observation until they have burnt out.
Obviously the only material that can be burnt on the Allotment Field is
gardening-related waste and no furniture or household material or anything
generating toxic fumes may be added to allotment bonfires.
There is a public right of way
across the allotment field which must be kept clear at all times. Nothing
should be done which might endanger users of the public footpath.
There are also pathways between the plots which enable the tenants of
plots further from the main path to reach their allotments. Please
ensure that your neighbours have reasonable access to their plots and do not
block their passage with tools, debris etc. Failure
to leave paths clear invalidates our Insurance policy. There should always
be at least a barrow width on an access
path so that compost etc can be brought in.
Be very careful not to damage anything if walking along the edge of
another plot. The field is gated - please close the gate on leaving.
An open gate can be an
invitation to illicit occupation.
There is no piped water on the
allotment field. Water from a stream is available at your own risk - be careful
on the banks. Do not pollute the stream and keep it clear of debris. There is
also water available from water catchment tanks near the allotment entrance.
Please use considerately.
11. Maintenance of field
Uncultivated areas may be mown
from time to time to keep the field tidy and to provide less cover for rabbits.
Most other maintenance is done on do-it-yourself basis to keep costs down, more
help is always welcome.
12. The National Society of
Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG)
NSALG represents allotment
holders nationally and affiliation indicates our support for the movement. As
members of NSALG we also have access to legal information and advice on
allotment issues. NSALG produces quarterly magazines and the CGAS receives,
which are circulated to Society members.
There are a number of CGAS
events during the year - the AGM in October, a Plant Sale Morning in May
(refreshments available) and the Show in September. These
will be advertised on the notice board by the main gate, The Bridge and on the
Society’s website. Please
14. The Society
The main committee of the CGAS
deals with the running the Allotment Field and general Society issues. There is
a special Show Sub-Committee, which concentrates on planning and running the
Show. More volunteers for either
committee would be welcome. Further information can be found on the
Society’s website, which can be accessed from the Carlton Village website (www.carltonwithchellington.co.uk)
IMPORTANT: Payments and
It is important that
subs are paid promptly. To allow for holidays and other commitments subs can
be paid up to 1 November. At this point a letter will be sent from the
Secretary to all non payers, which they will need to sign for on receipt,
asking them to pay within seven days. If there is no response to this letter
it will be assumed that the member does not want to be a member anymore and
you will cease to have an allotment or be a member of the Society (please note
this rule applies to members with or without an allotment).
It will be your
responsibility to remove any equipment (that includes sheds) left on the site
that you wish to keep and you should liaise with John Burke about when you
will do this. If you fail to make contact with him on this matter, anything
left behind will be disposed of.
As a member and
allotment holder it is your responsibility to keep your plot and surrounding
area in good repair. If your plot is neglected, especially early in the rental
year, you will need to alert John Burke as to the reason why this is
happening. Allowance will be made for anyone who has a family crisis or other
such problem and the member will be allowed to keep the plot until the end of
the current subscription year (should this occur late in the subscription year
they will be allowed to keep the plot until the end of next subscription
If no such problem is
logged an attempt at contacting the member will be made by John Burke. If this
proves difficult a letter will be sent from the Secretary to ascertain why the
plot is being neglected. If there is no response or no good reason, the plot
holder will be sent a written warning to tidy the allotment within the month.
Failure to comply will result in their membership being terminated. This will
also be confirmed in writing.
The Allotment Society
reserve the right to terminate the membership of those who persistent neglect
or misuse their allotment
Final Revised April 2013