Welcome to our newsletter. It is the wish of the Management Committee to be able to inform all of our plot holders of the latest news
Please be patient, content which has been a little limited, this will improve in due course
NOTICE TO ALL M.W.G.H.A. PLOT HOLDER'S
Please help us to help you, send your email address via our contact link.
We do not share email addresses to any third party.
Now is a good time to take on a new plot, it gives you time to plan and prepare in good time for the new season. This way you can start your planting schedule from January onward with the main planting season starting in March.
We need a new site rep on Longyards
if you think you are that person (Members only) ring Phil Cooper on 07873 502470
Sad news of the passing of former MWGHA Chairman, Kelvin Twigger recently.
Kelvin took over as Chairman of MWGHA during some turbulent times for the Association. He handled matters with a calm professional air and ensured that everyone was treated as fairly as possible. His sense of humour helped him through many situations as he sought to improve MWGHA allotments, making regular visits to each site and liaising with site reps to resolve problems. He did much to make sure that most sites were full to capacity or nearly so and to encourage gardeners to take up plots.
His past experience working for MDC helped in negotiations with the Council and Kelvin was always ready to listen to members and was keen to resolve any problems.
Stepping down as Chairman to spend more time with his family, Kelvin continued with his own allotment plot on the Park Hall Road site and still very much enjoyed his gardening. A well-known figure around Woodhouse, Kelvin was always ready to stop for a chat and willing to pass on his gardening knowledge. He will be missed my many.
THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION THAT COULD EFFECT OUR
PRIORY ROAD ALLOTMENT SITE
(Sites for gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople).
Has now ended, it will be a while before Mansfield District Council propose the 4 sites from the list of 15. Hopefully we will know before Christmas.
Further information can be found on the 'My Mansfield website' type in on the question box 'Decision due on traveller site consultation'
We will of course do everything within our power to protect our allotments from any seizure if required. We informed The National Allotments Society of the consultation.
UPDATE: The existing plots on Priory Road have been taken up. There are 41 people now on the waiting list, requiring a plot. Mansfield District Council are aware of the waiting list. MWGHA intend to make plots available on the area behind Newcastle Street, as soon as the site has been taken off the current proposals (hopefully). Note: Last winter we had already planned to bring this area back into use. For this to happen the area needs to be restructured for practical use, with a small car park, water pipes need laying for fresh water tanks to be installed and a new cart road. These plans have a cost and have not been considered in the current financial year.
Plots still available on our other sites
Full Plot £43
Half or Starter Plot £21.50
We would like to let you know one of our plot holders Beverly Palmer from Whinney Hill Allotments is Boxing in a charity event for (Cancer Reserch, BHF or Mind) your choice, in November. for further info:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MEMBERSHIP
It has become apparent that several plot holders have not been offered or do not understand why membership is so needed.
The list below will give an outline of what our membership offers plot holders
1. Helps the management team to protect your interests as gardeners.
2. When Mansfield District Council increase rents beyond inflation, we will act.
3. Members are covered by valuable Third Party Insurance, a must these days.
5. Associate membership to 'The National Allotment Society' giving full access.
6. Membership seed catalogue from Kings Seeds giving excellent value.
7. Purchase garden products from our sheds, (Quality compost and sundries.
8. Members are more likely to help members.
5. A strong membership will give us more power in the event of land grabbing.
All this and more for only £4.55 per year. So please support your fellow gardeners.
The new KINGS SEED CATALOGUE 2020 (members only) has landed, these will be with your site reps by the end of August. Orders must be returned to your rep no later than Sunday 3rd. November 2019. All orders must have payment in full, plus £1.20 per order for individual packaging. Seeds orders expected late December.
In due course we will publish a site reps guide to help you understand why we need such people (volunteers) to share your concerns and wishes. Please stick to the allotment agreement, if you have lost or don’t have an agreement please ask for one asap.
How would you like your site to have a general open day with seed and plant swaps. Next year. Maybe a best plot competition and if you think you can grow produce to impress have a completion for the best. Get your rep to make it happen, it is important that you can help along with your fellow plot holders. Priory Road Allotments held one on the 31st August with great success with over 90 people passing through. Well done to Gary, Gemma and plot holders who made it happen.
For the latest weather, click onto the weather site.
We welcome your comments on anything allotment, just let your rep know. If there is anything that you are not sure of, just ask!
Mansfield District Council have made a few amendments to the 'Allotment Holders Agreement' Please take a look on the open members area. These are correct as of 1st. April 2019 you may print a copy if you wish. If you are unsure or require help, contact your site rep.
You are welcome to make a contribution to our Newsletter if you think you have any useful ideas that would help our members.
I have been asked by Mansfield District Council to remind plot holders about the rule regarding fires.
there have been complaints of fires on all sites. Help our Reps to help you NO FIRES.
It has been brought to our attention that vehicles are being taken onto the cart tracks on Longyards and Priory Road without good reason. Due to the amount of rain in recent weeks the cart road is being damaged. Refrain from such use or expect a total ban of all vehicles.