Tuesday, 19 April 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

Let's get growing

It is with great pleasure that we can confirm full access to the site for all plot holders this coming Friday 22 April.

We're opening the site at 9am on Friday morning and have made arrangements for members of the committee to be available from 9-11am on Friday 22 April through to Monday 25 April to welcome you to the site, help you identify your plot and give out membership cards and keys (which should be available on Saturday).

The updated plan of the site will be available on the site noticeboard and plots should be numbered. Please note that due to an increase in the number of plots on the site your original Plot number may have changed, so please check before starting any work.

If for any reason you are unable to attend this weekend and you would like to make alternative arrangements to collect your membership card and keys please contact Alex on 01827 872297, or call round to see him at 16 Wakefield Close, Hurley.

Once you've collected your membership card you will be free to work on your plot as you wish from Friday onwards (from Dawn until Dusk).

There are still a few issues to be resolved and this letter detailing some of these along with a few other items of interest will be circulated to all plot holders this week - this includes information about the planning application for sheds and the plans for plot boundaries and pathways.

Work will also continue finalising some of the laying out of the site so if anyone is willing to lend a hand on Friday with a few of these tasks your help would be gratefully received.

If you are planning to come to the site this weekend, may we remind you that there is limited parking on the site and that there is no parking available on Ferndale Close.

It is also worth noting that there will be no mains water on the site for a further 3-4 weeks, so please bear that in mind if you are planning to plant anything out straight away.

Hurley schoolchildren help create new logo for Allotment Association

Creative children at Hurley Primary School put on their thinking caps and came up with some colourful designs for a logo for the new Hurley Allotment Association.

Winners Bobby Robinson, Emilia Marsell and Mae Thompson received their prizes of a certificate and Easter Egg each at their last school assembly of term.

Allotment Association members, Catherine Whittaker, Chair; Alex Simpson, Membership Secretary and Sylvia Burns, Secretary also presented the school with 12 vegetable growing kits and a packet of sunflower seeds.

Catherine said: “ We were absolutely delighted with the response from the children and I think they are all winners! We’ve taken elements of the best three designs which now form our new Hurley Allotment Association logo. We look forward to working with the school in the future”

We've also published a gallery showcasing some of the entries we received, including the 3 winning entries below.

by Bobby Robinson
by Mae Thompson
by Emilia Marsell
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

Waiting for the lease

As of Tuesday 12th April 2011, we are still waiting for the lease to be finalised through Warwickshire County Council.

Whilst the site preparations have taken a step forward recently (with the permission of the Council), we are unable to open the site to plot holders until the lease is in place and importantly the site insurance is valid.

We fully expect to be in full possession of the site by the coming Bank Holiday and will communicate to all plot holders as soon as we are able to fully open the site.
Monday, 11 April 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

Marking out

With the large agricultural machinery completing the preparation of the strips of land that will form the plots on Saturday morning we were finally able to properly measure and mark out the individual plots and the intended location of each plots' shed on Sunday.

This was the first time the site had been measured properly since the initial plans were drawn up and we discovered that we were able to include one extra 21m by 7m plot on both strips of land, increasing the total number of full size plots from 26 to 28.

There are still a small number of plots available, but it's first come, first served so do hurry.

Marking out
Marking out plots
Marking out sheds

Rabbit proofing

The setup of the new allotment site continued this weekend with the addition of rabbit proofing measures to the new fencing that was erected last week.

A number of committee members and allotment holders spent most of Saturday digging trenches around 2 sides of the site to allow a smaller mesh of fencing material to be fixed to the current fence and buried in the ground.

The smaller mesh fencing has also been fitted around the other two sides of the side, but with the ground being too hard to dig and inaccessible in some areas it has been fitted close to the ground and will be covered over with a suitable material in due course.

Our grateful thanks to all those who turned out to help in the glorious sunshine.

Digging a trench
Digging a trench
Monday, 4 April 2011 0 comments By: Hurley Allotments

Work commences on the site

Work has now started on preparing the site with the permission of the site owners whilst the lease is still being finalised.

The water pipes were laid during the week commencing 28 March and then work started on the site itself over the weekend of 2/3 April, including:

  • Initial ploughing and harrowing of the two strips of land forming the allotments.
  • Excavation and laying of hardcore for the entrance and parking area.
  • Removal of a dead tree on the southern boundary of the site.

The images below show the site before and after this weekend's activity.


Inaugural AGM

The inaugural annual general meeting of Hurley Allotment Association was held in the Hurley village hall on 10th March 2011.

All prospective members who had previously registered an interest in taking a plot were invited to attend to choose a plot, pay their annual rent and become a member.  There was an excellent turn out and the majority of the 29 available plots were taken.

As some time had passed since the last meeting Catherine Whittaker made a short presentation outlining the progress that had been made in securing the site from Warwickshire County Council with the help and assistance of North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Officers of the association were elected and the Articles of the Constitution were approved.