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Third Lockdown: TAKE CARE Social Distancing

Please take great care and continue to follow social distancing guidelines to help control the spread of coronavirus and check for the latest guidance. Please also make sure that when you enter and leave the allotment site use a hand sanitiser on the locks and gates.

Only Allotment tenants are allowed on the Chestergate Allotments site. If you see anyone else on site please ask them politely to leave the site. There are some members of the Community Orchard Group who are not allotment tenants – you will probably already know them (partly because none have dogs) so will be walking to take exercise or meditate.

Avian Flu

The Government says it is a legal requirement for all poultry and captive bird keepers to keep their birds housed or otherwise separate from wild birds.

Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds



Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity


World Soil Day 2020 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil biodiversity loss, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to commit to proactively improving soil health. MULCH your garden to create healthy soils, vitality in your vegetables and vitality for you!


Celebrate the super-composers”  WORMS who do all our work by joining in

The theme for the 5th annual World Earthworm Day on 21st October 2020 will be “Super Composters” – celebrating the relationship between man, waste and worms! The Earthworm Society of Britain has put together this “virtual meetup” (webinar) 2.30-4pm 21/10/20 with the Field Studies Council for those interested in learning more about vermicomposting and the important role that earthworms can play in helping us deal with our waste.

4 interesting speakers including Anna de la Vega who will talk about worm farming revolutionising global agriculture and organic waste management, helping us move towards regenerative practices that have the capacity to directly  tackle climate change and repair degraded soil.  Anna offers a global perspective, and how we can make changes at a local level through community led action and within the home.

A Healthy Environment for Hedgehogs





A good Healthy environment for Hedgehogs

A month ago two very young hedgehogs were found – they were thought to be abandoned – on the Chestergate Allotments in Bisley. They were taken to the Stroud Hedgehog Hospital founded by the Annie Parfitt .On Saturday 15th August at our annual allotment ‘get together’ (everyone social distancing!) Annie told allotment holders how allotments – and of course gardens – can easily become healthy environments for hedgehogs. She brought the two abandoned hedgehogs back, now big and healthy, and we were entranced as she released them, in the allotment hedge. She had previously checked that we don’t have badgers on the allotments. One plot holder Peter Benn has volunteered to be our Hedgehog Warden and has built hedgehog houses with old pallets and leaves, created a small pond, and keeps water bowls near the allotment water tanks filled with clean water for hedgehogs.

Annie left us with specific guidance to keep our allotment & gardens healthy for these endangered mammals:

  • No slug pellets, rat or other pest poisons
  • Make sure all gardening mesh is not left loose on the ground- it can be fatal as hedgehogs are curious creatures and get tangled (as can many wild animals – a couple of years ago an allotment holder found a huge dead grass snake in some mesh she had left on the ground – it had got completely entangled and couldn’t get out. )(Makes me think of all those miles of fishing netting left in the sea and the fate of many fish & marine animals)
  • Make gaps in hedgerows and fences between houses
  • Be a bit untidy – leave piles of wood, leaves and brash, especially in hedges

This all sounds like organic gardening!!

Growing for Health & Wellbeing

Our Annual Allotment “Get Together” on Saturday 15 August in the National Allotments Society year of Growing for Health and Wellbeing welcomes two visitors:

3pm Caroline Sheldrick Medical herbalist who will find healing plants and tell us about their uses for our health and wellbeing

4pm Annie Parfitt, Founder of the Stroud Hedgehog Hospital, will help us all to understand how to create a healthy environment for hedgehogs and release one of our very own baby hedgehogs that was abandoned and is now well and fit for a new life with us

Bring and share cake and drinks (please bring your own plates, cups, and tea) and Dylan’s Pizza Oven will  create your own tasty pizza’s from your own home grown toppings!

Summer 2020

A wonderful growing summer -was COVID19 telling us something about “Growing Your Own”?  with many new and positive allotment holders this year. Thank you to all those who have had allotments form some years for your help and friendliness to new people and also responding to the survey of your reasons for having an allotment -fantastic response that will be posted soon.


On August 15th we will celebrate the National Allotment Society’s 2020 theme of “Growing Food for Health and Wellbeing” (a theme chosen well before anything was known of the pandemic). At 3pm Caroline Sheldrick will do a ‘walk and talk’ about “Healing Plants” and at 4pm Annie Parfitt will help us all understand health and wellbeing for hedgehogs – now a recognised endangered species. Please bring tea and cakes for ‘bring and share’ – and your own cups etc, plus pick veg off the plot to create your now unique pizza topping. Sue and lesley will provide pizza dough and Dylan will cook your concoction!!

Note that Social Distancing (or Dancing as I accidentally called it earlier today) must be observed and if there is a spike in cases be aware if guidance changes we may have to cancel.

COVID-19 Latest Updates



It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency. If you see non-allotment individuals, dog walkers etc anywhere on site please report them to the Allotment Warden or Parish Clerk. We cannot police the site but we can all reduce risks of infection.

If there is unauthorised use of this site it may have to be closed.

The Compost Loo and Allotment hut are now open. Please use sanitiser for door locks.

BCCS is now open 10-1pm Saturday. Do compost on your plot unless you are a BCCS member; allotment tenants may take unsieved compost as before

ALLOTMENT TENANTS should take the following precautionary measures:

  • Do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards in a changing situation.
  • Please keep your children on your plot.
  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly.
  • If you come into the site by car preferably do not use the main gate at all but park in the road outside the site. If you HAVE to come in by car please ALWAYS keep the gate shut at ALL times.
  • Always use hand sanitiser before opening and closing gate locks.
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres.
  • Do not share tools.

If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

Lesley Greene Allotment Warden 01452 770018

Debbie Meredith Bisley-With-Lypiatt Parish Council 01452 771 089