Tag Archives: Site improvements

Plot Numbers

You may have noticed new number marker posts appearing on some plots at the site.

They are to help committee members know which plot is which when they carry out monthly inspections.

They will eventually be installed on all the plots.

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Water-harvesting scheme moves forward

 

Work has been continuing on the water-harvesting scheme with the laying of a feeder pipe to water barrels on individual plots.

This work involved trenching along one of the main allotment paths which has, inevitably, caused disruption and created a build-up of mud.

The association’s chairman, Tony Fursland, offers his apologies to plotholders  who have been inconvenienced and says the committee will be organising working parties as soon as possible to put things back to normal.

Water, water, everywhere……

Work has started on an extension to the water-harvesting project at the allotments, with the help of more than £1,200 of local authority grants.

Dover District Council has given £860 to the scheme and Deal Town Council £400.

There are already 14 barrels collecting rainwater from the roof of the composting area in the top car park.

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In the next phase, nine more barrels will be installed on individual plots.

Terry Johnson and Ron Barton have been working on the levels for the new barrels and installing slabs for them to stand on.

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Within the next few weeks a pipe will be run along the fence from the car park then trenched along the path to carry stored water to the new barrels as shown on this water map.

Once work on that part of the scheme is complete, a similar system will be installed at the other end of the allotment site, using water collected from the roof of the composting area in the main car park.

* Photos by Iris Faulkner

Workbench

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At the request of several members of the association a workbench has been built. It is housed in the gents’ toilet but can be carried outside if required.

Thanks to Brian Maidment and Ken Hill for the materials and to Dave Ward, Ron Barton and Terry Johnson for building it.

A weekend’s work

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A group of committee members and other plotholders set to work on the water-harvesting and composting area in the top car park at the weekend.

They painted the structure and levelled the ground behind it ready for the water barrels to be installed.

Strimming was also carried out on other areas of the site.

Pearl Barton kindly provided the volunteers with tea, coffee and bacon rolls when the work was finished.

 

Harvesting rain water

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The water-harvesting and composting area in the top car park is now complete – bar the painting.

A number of covered barrels will be placed behind it to collect rain water from the roof.

A trench has been dug out for a pipe to carry water from them to two barrels which will be sited on the opposite corner of the car park to make the water easily accessible to nearby plotholders.

It is hoped that eventually additional barrels will be placed elsewhere on the site to enable more plotholders to use the harvested water.

 

 

 

 

Groundwork

Today’s working party carried on clearing the ground beside the big container so that grass can be sown there in spring.

We had two rotovators in action and a small team of helpers picking up rubble, glass and all manner of other debris in their wake

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