ALLOTMENTS

Night-time Allotment Thief

Several plot-holders have complained about crops being nibbled, broken and dug up but we had no idea what was causing the problem – until now.

I set up a wild-life camera to take pictures repeatedly throughout last night. Of the hundreds of photos taken (every minute), here are the interesting ones.

It is a hare! Some us had suspected a deer was invading the site at night but here is evidence that a hare (hares?) is the culprit.

Of course, there maybe deer too: we will have to wait and see.


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This last photo is interesting: it was taken the night before.


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No animal on the ground but what is that white streak in the sky?

It is well illuminated by the camera's infrared light and I initially thought it might be a passing owl; five wing flaps in the picture. However, I then discovered that the exposure time of the photo was just 1/13th second. That would mean the owl flapping 65 times per second (5x13=65): impossible!

Maybe a moth very close to the camera – but that is a very straight line and do they flap that fast? Anyone got any ideas? It is the only picture to show this image.


Tony Jarrow


NOTE

Members should not consider causing any harm to hares, no matter how much of a nuisance they may be.

One of the aims of the Cropwell Bishop Allotment Association is, "to encourage members to value wildlife in their allotments" and, in tending our crops, "to cause the least harm to wildlife".

Hares, like birds, mice and deer have every right to be on the Allotment Site and it is up to members to use safe ways to protect crops – such as fencing and netting. Members must not deliberately harm wildlife.
(pages 4-6 of Allotment Handbook)

Lock the Gate

Lock gate

If we want intruders to drive onto the Allotment site, walk over our plants, break into our sheds and steal our tools, then all we have to do is leave the gate open when none of us are there.

But we don't want that – so please remember to lock the gate when you leave the allomtment, unless you can actually see someone else on site.

There is now a sign to remind you.

Thanks


Tony

Lock gate

Spring on the Allotments

During the winter, when days are short, cold and usually wet, life slows down and little action takes place on the site on Fern Hill.

Then, in April, everything changes. Days are longer and warmer and all life wakes up and plants start to grow. Plot holders have a spring in their step and, once the clocks go forward an hour, there is suddenly time at the end of a working day to do a bit of digging or planting before the sun sets.

As you can see from these photos, the allotment site is springing to life.


Tony Jarrow


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Fly-Tipping

As many of you will be aware, we recently had two cases of fly-tipping outside the gates of the allotments.

First, several bags of rubbish were left then, a few days later, 9 big upright freezers were tipped there. These blocked the entrance to the site and the bridle-path. I was not even aware of the problem until a plot-holder alerted me.

Thankfully, Rushcliffe Borough Council are very efficient at dealing with fly-tipping and once I alerted them the items were removed within days.

The problem of fly-tipping is not likely to go away and it could easily happen again at any time. I think we need to deal with problems promptly in case the rubbish attracts other fly-tippers.

There will be times when I am not available (eg. on holiday) so, if you do see occurances of fly-tipping (anywhere in Cropwell Bishop or Rushcliffe for that matter) you can easily notify Rushcliffe Council directly.

The easiest way of doing this is to click on the "Contacts" tab (on the right of this web page).

On the Contacts page you will see a link, "Report Fly-Tipping" near the bottom. Just click it and follow the few simple steps to report the problem. There is even a map so that you can pin-point the location: it is very easy.

It won't matter if several people end up reporting the same problem.

Thanks

Tony Jarrow

Autumn Jobs

Members of Cropwell Bishop Allotments Association were busy on their plots this weekend. Let's hope Hurricane Ophelia does nothing to spoil their good work. Thanks to Amanda Parkinson for the photos.

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Spring Sunshine

Members of Cropwell Bishop Allotments Association were out in force at the weekend, attracted by the beautiful spring weather. Thanks to Amanda Parkinson for the photos.

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The Good Life

Have you ever have thought about the benefits of having an allotment of your own and all its benefits: freshly-picked food; tomatoes grown for their taste not long shelf-life; loads of strawberries to eat fresh, make jam or frozen so that you can have them on ice cream in the autumn; potatoes all year round; beetroot that you can pick in the morning, cook in the microwave and have in sandwiches at lunchtime; and much more.

Or maybe you have thought more about the health benefits: effectively having your own 'gym' within walking distance of home. Exercise for the whole family without any monthly fees.

Now is the best time of year to begin making those New-Year resolutions a reality: healthy eating and more exercise.

Contact me to find out what is available on the Cropwell Bishop Allotment site up on Fern Road. Currently, we have vacant full-size plots, half-size plots and even an offer of a share in an established half-plot. Some even have a shed.

Choose now before the growing begins.

Tony Jarrow

Allotment Life

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Five years ago our Allotment Site was just a field of grass. Look how the plot holders have changed it into an oasis for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and animals. Also a place for enjoying the outdoors and being 'away from it all'.

Tony Jarrow

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If you are interested in having an allotment, contact me, Tony Jarrow.

Reap all the benefits of your own allotment plot

The days are getting longer, brighter and warmer: that means plants will be eager to grow again. Those of us who have a plot on the Cropwell Bishop Allotment site know that the effort you put into growing our own vegetables and fruit will result in food that you know is fresh and free of harmful chemicals.

The days are getting longer, brighter and warmer: that means plants will be eager to grow again. Those of us who have a plot on the Cropwell Bishop Allotment site know that the effort you put into growing our own vegetables and fruit will result in food that you know is fresh and free of harmful chemicals.

Then there is the satisfaction of seeing the high price of fresh food in the supermarkets, knowing that you have got even better produce on your plot for free. You soon realise that the annual cost of having an allotment is soon covered by the savings you make when shopping.

Then there is the joy of opening the freezer in the winter months and picking out carrots, beetroots, raspberries and whatever else you froze in the summer.

Of course, you do have to do some physical exercise in digging and weeding and, later on, picking your strawberries, beans, rhubarb, apples, etc, but you just look upon that as another saving: instead of paying to go to the gym you get your exercise for free!

There was a time when allotments were the place to see retired men plodding around. Not any more: you are just as likely to see a young mum with her children. All kinds of people are making use of allotments to, not only grow food, but also escape from the sound of television and all the other pressures of modern life. Think of them as a place to grow crops and also for you to grow calmer.

This is the time of year when plot holders renew their subscription and, as always, there are a few who, because of a change in personal circumstances, choose not to continue. As a result we have several vacant plots that are available for rent.

Because everyone's needs and available time are different we are happy for people to have the kind of plot that best suits them. Some people want the space available on a full-size plot (25m x 10m) while others prefer a half-size plot. It may be that you would like to share a plot with friends, for example having splitting a full-size plot into three (a third plot each), possibly sharing a single shed. We want you to enjoy the pleasure of an allotment plot without you overstretching yourself.

Five years ago our Allotment Site was just a field of grass. Look how the plot holders have changed it into an oasis for growing vegetables, fruit, flowers and animals. Also a place for enjoying the outdoors and being 'away from it all'.

We currently have a range of different vacant plots; full-size (£60pa), half-size (£32pa), plots with fencing, plots with sheds, plots that have been cultivated and plots that are grassy, plots with fruit trees ..... something to suit everyone. These surrounding pictures give you an idea of what there is but the best way of assessing your options is a guided tour. To arrange this, phone me (0115-989 3178).

Tony Jarrow