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PACA News Bulletin

*6 April 2015*
Dear Plotholder,

This is the first of the News Bulletins we hope to send out regularly to keep you up to date with what's happening on the site.


Plot Inspections 
                        
The growing season is now getting under way and the PACA committee will shortly be carrying out plot inspections to ensure plots are being cultivated in accordance with the requirements of our lease from Ealing Council. We’re simply looking to see that your plot is being used as intended to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers: that at least half of the plot is under active cultivation and that its condition is not causing problems for your neighbours. We’ll be looking at plots towards the end of the month and if we have any concerns we’ll give you a gentle reminder. If you’re having difficulties do let us know and we’ll try to help you.
 

Site break-ins
As many of you know the site has been broken into twice recently. The first time was on Sunday 22 March and the second occasion we think was on 29 or 30 March. On both occasions the trading hut was broken into and some tools and other items were taken. The storage shed was also broken into on the first occasion and a cultivator and old lawnmower were removed. Many of the sheds on the site have also been opened, so please check them and let the police know if you lost anything. The police crime reference number for the first incident is 2507103/15 and for the second 2508085/15. Unfortunately PACA’s insurance doesn’t cover tenants’ items kept on site, but you may be covered by your own contents insurance. Robert Reynolds and Charles Vaughan Jones have been repairing the damage to the trading hut doors and locks and we will be getting Drayton Fencing to repair the damage to the site fencing as soon as possible.
 
We understand that the Brentham Allotments site was also broken into by thieves on Sunday 29 March, and the police think there may be a spate of such activity in the area.

 
Bonfires
                           

These will be permitted on site only after 7pm during the summer from mid-May onwards. The previous caveats apply, i.e.:
  • Choose  a still day and make sure you won’t cause a nuisance to your neighbours
  • Material for burning should be dry and from your own plot
  • Never burn non vegetable waste and don’t use flammable liquids to light or burn the fire
  • Bonfires should be extinguished by dusk and you must stay with the fire until it has burnt out
  • If a neighbour or member of the public complains please put out the bonfire immediately.
Don't forget our forthcoming Spring Event!
                   
Come to the Trading Hut from 10am on Sunday 17th May and enjoy a slice of home made cake and a tea or coffee. Please bring any seedlings to swap.
If you are unable to attend, please leave your seedling contributions on picnic table outside the Hut the previous evening.
Don't miss this chance to chat to fellow plotholders, get rid of surplus seedlings and pick up those you haven't managed to grow yourself.
See you there.

Remember the PAGS Trading Hut is open on Saturday and Sunday mornings for not only cheap gardening materials but also, if you're lucky, a friendly chat and useful advice on allotmenteering!

 
PACA Committee
Our mailing address is:
Pitshanger Allotments Conservation Association
193 Argyle Road
Ealing
London, W13 0AU
United Kingdom

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