*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE* Please see important post below.
Welcome to our website. All our relevant news and information for members will be on this page. If any members have anything they would like to contribute to the website then please leave a comment below.
We have a thriving allotment community here at Firs Estate with 52 plots on 6.5 acres of land. The main entrance is on Dean Street, at the junction with Harrison Street, opposite the Londis shop. The postcode is DE22 3PU.
This is a private site (rather than a council-owned one) and is leased by the association from the landowners. The site is run by a management committee which is elected by the plotholders. Tenants who rent a plot automatically become members of the association.
We are in a sheltered position on a south-facing slope with good loamy soil. We like to think it is an attractive site, with hedges bordering the grass tracks connecting the plots, numerous trees and an area set aside for wildlife.
We are only too happy to hear from people who would like to rent a plot – if are interested in renting a plot or visiting the site please contact the association secretary Sandra Weightman on Derby 365943.
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.
Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
We ask that all tenants visiting the site also bear in mind that a number of tenants are considered to be high risk and therefore please follow these guidelines
• 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 site is for allotment tenants only. No groups are allowed on site and ONLY PEOPLE THAT LIVE WITH THE TENANT can enter the site if the registered 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. DO NOT allow children to run around the communal areas
Failure to abide by these guidelines could result in this privilege being taken away from all of us by the government.
STAY SAFE AND KEEP YOUR NEIGHBOURS SAFE
Here’s a reminder of the rules concerning bonfires:
– You may only have bonfire between October 1st and May 1st.
– Only start a bonfire one hour before sunset.
– Please take into account the direction in which smoke may blow.
– No more than three bonfires a year, excluding bonfire night.
– Keep the fire under control and do not leave unattended.
– Do not burn plastic,carpet, furniture or material that could be used for compost.
Since the fire was reported in the Derby Telegraph we have been touched by the many offers of support we have received to help us put things right. Funding is being provided by Toyota, Western Power, Littleover Business Group and Tom Carey Fund to clear up the debris and to provide new tools and equipment for the school group. Donations have also come from the Rowditch pub and Kedleston Road allotments. Mr Green and Mr Tunicliffe have provided us with two sheds and two greenhouses to replace those destroyed in the fire.
The school are moving on to a new plot for a fresh start; students from Broomfield College and members of the association have given their time to help clear the plot ready for cultivation and a skip provided by Metallon Ltd.
Very many thanks to all the organisations, businesses and individuals who have helped us out with funding and time – we couldn’t have done it without you and can now look forward to the future with renewed optimism.
Our new pond in the wildlife garden:
Thanks to Sally Ann and Sandra for making this happen, and to the community payback team for providing the labour.
First sighting this week of the red admiral:
This would be the offspring of ones that overwintered here as the new wave of arrivals from the continent haven’t arrived yet. And according to Ken Orpe, the recorder for the East Midlands branch of Butterfly Conservation, only the fourth to be seen in the county so far this year.
In May there were numerous speckled woods on site – some of the highest numbers in the county according to Ken, making our site a “hot spot” for this species.
Butterflies are one of the best indicators of the health of the environment so it goes to show how valuble our site is for wildlife as well as keeping us fed. You can help butterflies by not being too quick to strim down long grass, brambles and nettles at the back of your plot – these provide an ideal habitat for them and their larvae. Obviously you don’t want these to overcome your growing area but leaving some space for wildlife benefits us all.
Please could members make sure they inform the secretary of any change of address or any other contact details ie phone or email address. We need this information as in the past we have been unable to contact some members about urgent issues. We will never share your contact information with third parties. Thankyou.
Plotholders should be aware that it is their responsibility to keep their hedges cut – both sides and top – some hedges that have not been cut are restricting access along the main paths. We no longer have the community payback team helping us with this. If you are unable to cut your hedge yourself then you should make arrangements for someone to do the work for you.
We had our best results ever taking first place in three out of the seven classes: Julia (plot 4) for Best Leisure Garden; Janet (plot 29) for Best Scarecrow and myself (plot 48) for Most Environmentally Friendly Plot. So congratulations to us I reckon!
Sadly there have been a number of sheds broken into recently and some power tools stolen. The intruders have been spotted and the police called but so far they have not been caught. If your shed is broken into you need to contact the police to get a crime number – we cannot do this on your behalf although the secretary should be informed. It is also worth repeating that you should not keep power tools (strimmers etc) in your shed as past experience shows that these are the items that thieves are after.