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Using allotments during the coronavirus out-break

We have a really active growing community in Norwich – people who get a lot of satisfaction in working individually and alongside others to grow produce and flowers.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are keeping up-to-date with government guidance and as it stands currently, there is no advice to close allotments – and for many, working on their allotment is key to providing food and can be a great form of exercise. Until new guidance is issued, and while we remain confident the sites can be used in a way that is safe for all, they remain open.

As well as following the usual allotment rules – it’s important you observe up-to-date government guidelines on maintaining a distance from others and taking hygiene precautions when visiting the site and touching communal surfaces. You should:

  • stay at home/isolate if you or someone in your home has Covid-19 symptoms
  • maintain distance from others
  • keep hands clean and avoid touching your face
  • not meet in groups of more than six
  • discuss measures to re-open site shops or host group activities with the allotment officer before going ahead – and these must be adequately risk assessed.

Maintaining plots

Please note that inspections are currently suspended and we will not be currently issuing weed or cultivation notices against any tenant who is having difficulties maintaining their plot at this challenging time. Please use the winter to arrange clearance of your plot so that it is ready for the spring inspections from February 2021.

If you are finding your plot unmanageable, support is available, and advertised online, from volunteer groups such as Thorpe Helping Hands and Good Gym. Our digital sharing platform Lumi is a good place to find what support services might be available.

Bonfires

Bonfires are now permitted after 9am, to be extinguished by sunset. Please remember to be considerate of neighbours and remember to only burn what is necessary.