We've been so impressed by the progress our plotholders have been making in recent weeks that we thought we'd take this opportunity to answer a few of your frequently asked questions.
Can I have a polytunnel or greenhouse on my plot?
Yes, you can have a polytunnel or greenhouse on your plot! Growing your own fruits and vegetables in a polytunnel or greenhouse is a great way to get the most out of your garden plot. You can extend the growing season and protect your plants from the elements. Please ensure that polytunnels are securely fixed to the ground and greenhouses use Perspex or plastic panels only.
Can I have a shed on my plot?
You may be able to place a shed and a tool store on your garden plot, however it is advisable to check with the Local Authority if planning permission is required. Polytunnels and greenhouses are usually exempt from this requirement, however sheds may be subject to different regulations. If you intend to install a shed, it is best to keep the footprint and height to a minimum.
Can I build raised planters and growing beds?
Yes. We recommend building raised planters for a no-dig cultivation method. Make sure the beds are made of timber and can be easily taken apart if needed.
Can I fence in my garden plot?
If you wish to fence in your garden plot, you should ensure that the construction is of timber, is structurally sound and does not exceed a height of 1.5m. Additionally, please do not embed concrete posts into the ground or disturb the marker posts installed by the Community Garden Association.
Can I use my plot for recreation?
You must use your garden plot primarily for the production of fruits, vegetables, or other foodstuffs. However, you may set aside a small area for relaxation and enjoyment of your harvest. Please note that if you do not use your plot for cultivation, it will be considered a breach of permitted development.
Can I light a fire or a bbq on my plot?
BBQs and bonfires are allowed within the Community Gardens, but they must be supervised at all times and extinguished completely before leaving the area. Please refrain from lighting fires near the boundaries, combustible materials, or communal areas.
Can I drive onto/park on the Community Gardens site?
Plotholders and their guests are welcome to drive onto and park on the site, taking care in adverse weather when the track may become boggy and impassible. Please park with respect and avoid blocking the central footpaths.
Can I join the Community Gardens committee?
We welcome applications for the committee. If you are interested, please contact our Land Agent via email at email@example.com.
Is the site secure?
The Community Gardens site is secure and accessible only to Plotholders and the Local Authority. Motion activated CCTV, which is remotely monitored, covers the area. Although we are unable to fence the perimeter due to its proximity to the internationally important SSSI, we have replanted the entire hedgerow which will provide some enclosure in the coming years.
Can I make a suggestion?
We value the input of our Plotholders and welcome any advice or suggestions they may have. We are also interested in ideas for communal events and open days in the future. Please share your ideas with us - we would love to hear from you!
Will more garden plots be made available?
We have the capacity to expand our community gardens and are aiming to provide an additional 20 garden plots for next year. If you would like to reserve one of these plots, please complete the application form found on our website.
If you have any questions or need to get in touch, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org