Coronavirus (Covid 19) – Emergency Measures
According to Government guidance Allotment holders are still permitted to visit your plot and to take daily exercise on your own or with members of your household. However, any plot holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with coronavirus should NOT be visiting the site.
Plot Holders should take the following precautionary measures :
- Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
- Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
- Observe “Social Distancing” with each other and stay at least 2 metres apart
- If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
- Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women
- Do not share tools
- Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
- Do not wash your hands in water troughs
Seaton Valley Council is aware of the importance of allotments to our community and is working hard to not only meet the needs of plot holders, but also to ensure that it is working with the community to provide a balanced environment for future generations.
Allotments provide the opportunity for fresh air and exercise for those interested in growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. They also provide the chance to make new friends with other like-minded people.
Seaton Valley Council manages 13 sites. Our plot sizes range from as small as 30 m sq to as large as over 400 m sq.
Shown below is a list of the Councils allotment sites:
- Ancroft Road, Seaton Delaval – Map
- Baxter Terrace, Seaton Delaval – Map
- Beresford Road, Seaton Sluice – Map
- Dartford Close, Seaton Delaval – Map
- Dene Top, Seaton Sluice – Map
- Gloria Avenue, New Hartley – Map
- Hall Farm, Holywell – Map
- Memorial Playing Fields, New Hartley – Map
- Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval – Map
- Seghill Road, Seaton Delaval – Map
- Victoria Close, Seaton Delaval – Map
- West Terrace, Seaton Sluice – Map
- Coppergate, Holywell – Map
Coppergate in Holywell is under devolved management arrangements. This means that a formally constituted allotment association leases the site from Seaton Valley Council, and reinvests the revenue it collects from rents on maintenance repairs and capital items.
ALLOTMENTS LETTING AND MANAGEMENT POLICY/WAITING LIST
In March 2015 a new Allotments Letting and Management Policy was agreed to clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of the Council and its allotment tenants. A copy of the policy is available from the Services Officer.
We operate a waiting list for allotment applicants. We are not currently accepting new applications for an allotment as we have a number of applicants on the waiting list and limited available plots.
We will advertise on our Social Media when we are in a position to accept applications again.
USEFUL TIPS ON MAINTAINING SOIL FERTILITY
Fertile soil is essential for organic gardening. The soil needs to be managed so that the structure, fertility and living organisms in the soil are protected and developed.
To promote the soils fertility you can add manure and plant remains which will maintain the soils humus levels. This will feed the soil life which is essential for a healthy soil and provide plant nutrients. Green manures can be grown to protect and feed the soil. This keeps the cultivation at a minimum and avoids damaging the soil structure.
To maintain the soils fertility:
- Cover the soil with a green manure. This will protect the surface living organisms and the soil structure from damage by dry conditions, heavy rain or strong winds.
- Apply manure or plant wastes. Apply one wheelbarrow full of well-rotted manure or two of compost per 10 m sq of ground per year.
- Loosen the subsoil which will break up compaction
- Use a rotation system for annual plants.
- Cultivating the soil shouldn’t be carried out when the soil is too wet or too dry. Don’t mix the subsoil with topsoil. Cultivating the soil should be kept at a minimum to avoid damaging the soil structure.
Here you can find out how to get hold of your composting bin.
How do I start composting?
To get started, the first thing you will need to do is buy a home composting bin.
Northumberland County Council are working with getcomposting.com to offer residents a range of home compost bins, wormeries and accessories at special offer prices. Order composting equipment online here.