COVID-19: Allotment Sites take action

Members through facebook groups are reporting that allotment sites are taking action against the spread of COVID-19 by a variety of measures.

Ideas include putting hand sanitisers at allotment entrances so members can wash their hands once they are on site; Communal tea breaks are being discouraged; Committee meetings and Annual General Meetings postponed; one privately run site has closed until the end of March; annual Allotment Awards have been cancelled for the year along with local Spring Flower Shows.

Hygiene is key to protect yourself from coronavirus. We can help prevent the spread of Covid-19 by washing our hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, sneezing and coughing into tissues or your elbow rather than your hand. Hand sanitiser works if you cannot wash your hands if it has alcohol of greater than 60%.

Will COVID-19 effect RHS Shows?

RHS Cardiff runs from 17 to 19 April, Malvern Spring Show from 7 to 10 May and Chelsea Flower Show from 19 to 23 May. At the moment (17 March) the Royal Horticultural Society have made no statement about cancelling these events but say they are continuing to follow Government advice.

We are aware of the announcement following today’s Cobra meeting and will be updating our website and getting in touch with our members, visitors and exhibitors as soon as possible. We continue to follow Government advice regarding COVID-19 and are reacting to this latest news immediately. Please bear with us as we update our communications.
– Royal Horticultural Society

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is due to be held Great Yorkshire Showground from 23 to 26 April. No statement has been issued about whether or not the show is going ahead.

The National Allotment Society are redirecting members to the Government website for advice.

For further information on how to keep yourself safe, visit…
Official Government Guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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  1. dorothee
    Tuesday 17 March 2020 / 1:39 pm

    I heard an interview with a gardener who talked about the microbes in the soil that are ever-present and how hostile to germs they are. He was joking when he said plunged his hands into active soil to cover them with beneficial bacterias, but his point was not lost on me. Clean soil contains bacteria & fungi that support living tissues and break down broken & dead tissues. It’s not SOAP, it’s not MEDICINE, but I tend to view clean soil as something of a sponge for germs now.

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