Hi, well here you are, you appear to have careered headlong into our website here at Burley Model Allotments Association.
We will try to provide a summary of the impact of the lockdown and we hope that you enjoy yourselves here and that 2021 is a better year for all of us. While the year hasn’t started in the way we had all hoped for and we now face a second national lockdown that is expected to be in place until at least the middle of February, there is some hope on the horizon now that a national vaccination programme in place.
As all our regular features for 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic, including our coffee mornings and plant and seed swaps, the Annual Show, even the A.G.M. was held virtually last year. Also the Trading Hut was closed for most of the year, we hope for better in 2021.
Considering that 2020 was the year of staying in, a lot of us were fortunate that having an allotment meant that we managed to get out for a few hours a day. We did however follow all the guidelines and maintained social distancing as well as all the other protocols in place to keep everyone safe. That does not mean that we did not suffer as we all did in 2020. We managed to do this with serenity, with humour, and with dignity and pride.
As gardeners this is what makes us, we recognise the changing of the seasons. We understand how Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter function. We know how the year work’s and we know that sometimes it’s not always the best thing but it is what it is and we have to work with it as best we can.
Just by knowing about the cycle of life it does not make things easier. Just because you have a bike and use a cycle lane it doesn’t mean you can’t fall off. But with friends and family to help you, we can all try to help each other to get by.
We hope that we will be able to hold some of our events this year, more especially those later in the year, however your health and safety is paramount and comes before any other consideration.
Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times and take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of contagion from the Covid-19 virus when you visit the plot. The rules and the impact on allotments are the same as the first lockdown in that “Allotments remain open, but you cannot meet with someone outside your household or support bubble there unless another exemption applies.”
It is essential that we follow all the guidelines; to stay at home if you or a member of your household shows any signs of infection, to help stop COVID-19 spreading. The main symptoms of the virus are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. Wash your hands with soap and water often to reduce the risk of infection.
Above all be considerate to your fellow plot holders and neighbours at this time and stay safe!
If you are self isolating and you do not have friends or family who live locally who can help, you can get help from.
"Why aren’t dogs good dancers? Because they have two left feet!"
"When I was a child my father hit me with his camera; I still have flashbacks."
"What kind of music are balloons afraid of? Pop Music."
Well here we are; this is the Burley Model Allotments website. Our intention is to tell you all about our allotment site. There are a good few pages that let us do this. By navigating through the site you will find out about the History of the site, how we manage the site, the Trading Hut we run which is open on Saturday mornings. As well the Events we have each year culminating in our Annual Show.
There is also a Library of all the documents we produce, a Recipes page where you can put to use all you have grown on the allotment site. In addition to all of this we have a Gallery where you can view photos taken on the site as well as a number of Videos clips, an Offers page which you can utilise and get discounts on various items. And on top of all that we have a dedicated Links page which as you might imagine has links to other websites you may find useful and interesting.
All in All we hope you find our little website what it’s meant to be an interesting, entertaining place to visit and most of all a little bit of fun.
Should you wish to join us here at Burley Model Allotments the simply go to the Join Us page and submit your application using the form on the page. If you prefer you can always drop in to the allotment site and see us in person one Saturday morning at the Trading Hut. We are open every Saturday morning between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. The site can be accessed from the Gate on Lumley Place which is off Lumley Road the nearest postcode is LS4 2NL.
Alternatively you can download an application form from the Library page and send it to our P.O. Box address. Whichever way you choose to contact us we will get back to confirm your registration on our waiting list. So please don’t be shy pop along and see us and call in for a look round and a cuppa in the hut, we are a pleasant and happy enough crowd and are always happy to meet new folk.
Come on in and Join Us here at Burley Model Allotments, we’re a friendly enough bunch.
You can use this page if you are an existing member of the site or an applicant wanting additional details. Again simply complete the form on the page and submit it to the relevant person you which to contact. There are also email addresses of the various officers of the allotment committee should you wish to contact them directly. Again please feel free to call and see us in person one Saturday morning in the hut and chat with us over a cuppa. However you want to contact us let us know what’s on your mind, if you are having difficulties with your plot, or have any ideas on how we can improve the site. We look forward to hearing from you.
It is one of our main objectives to support our members of the Association to ensure that they get the maximum benefit from their allotment plots. We would like to encourage the sharing of knowledge, a love of growing vegetables, fruit and flowers and social interaction. It is our intention that our allotment plots will be a huge benefit to the whole of our community.
Burley Model Allotments are focused on forming strong partnerships and have worked tirelessly in the last few years with similar groups and individuals who are all working towards achieving the same goals. We hope that we will be able to form new partnerships over the coming year and work towards promoting allotments and the benefits of growing your own produce. Please join us, as the more partnerships we are able to form the stronger our organisation becomes and the more people we are able to help.
Help, however, is a two way boulevard and the more help that we have from members of our association as well as the community at large then the better shape we will be in. This will enable us to help more people and improve the site for future generations.
Our main objective is to ensure that everyone can ENJOY Burley Model Allotments and the facilities we provide. We always try to remember that growing is FUN. Our intention is to ensure that everyone can revel each day in your own little piece of heaven and that by working closely with nature we learn more about ourselves and the gardens we create each and every day.
We will actively pursue the continual improvement of the fertility, cleanliness, productivity and facilities of the site, as a whole, for the benefit of all plot holders and to ensure that we provide a legacy for those who follow. We are committed to ensuring that the environment and wildlife areas are protected and to publicise the pleasure and virtues of gardening as a hobby and recreation.
We Aim to:
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
"What’s brown and runs around the garden? …A fence."
"Can a match box? No, but a tin can!"