Outdoor Classroom Work Begins

Following the tremendous support from our plotters and the wider public at the end of last year, helping us obtain a grant of £12000 from Tesco Bags of Help, work has now begun on site to build our Outdoor Classroom/Shelter. The octagonal larch clad wooden building will be fully enclosed and suitable for wheel-chair access and is for all our plotters to use as well as the primary school children and visiting groups from from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

The building has been sited in the Community Garden such that it sits above the highest historic flood line. As most of our plotters will be aware, the site has a tendency to flood after heavy and continuous rainfall and this is made worse by an underground stream from up near the old railway line which feeds into the low-lying area at the bottom of the site.

Once the building is complete, work will begin shortly thereafter, using funds from RGU, to establish the necessary paths for all users of the community garden. If anyone would like to lend a hand or spend an hour here and there helping out with our Community Garden activities that would be much appreciated. It is the community aspect of our activities that attract the funding and your support will contribute to making our site just that little bit more special and successful.

Black Earth Abounds

With the promise of a new season just a few weeks away now a wee wander round our site today showed just how well on the winter digging was going on many of our plots.

It was nice to see so many of these plots were, ‘under new management’ this year and that things were off to a flying start for the year ahead.  It’s very encouraging to see such keen new starters join our association.  With apologies to those others who were not featured above.

Plot Security Advice

Pat Wilson has forwarded this advice from Police Scotland.

Security

When looking at issues surrounding security always take into consideration the following three points:

APPROPRIATE – If the risk is small a simple solution will be appropriate, the higher the risk the more that will need to be implemented

REALISTIC – Make sure that whatever you suggest or implement tackles the problem or any foreseen problem

COST EFFECTIVE – The cost of whatever you suggest or implement should be in proportion to the risk and affordability

Fencing

The fencing at the allotments is actually more of a physical deterrent rather than a definitive security barrier. In order to completely prevent anyone from climbing into each allotment, a great expense would have to be paid for substantial fencing. This is not realistic or cost effective. There are some measures that you can put in place to protect your fence.

A close wire mesh fence can be difficult to climb and offers good protection. Wooden panel fencing is generally a good barrier. If putting up a wooden panel fencing nail a strip of galvanised wire along the panels at a height of a third and two thirds up the fence. On top of that attached some mesh or heavy netting to further protect the fence. A further, more extreme, measure may be to connect every panel to the posts with coach bolts to make removal more difficult.

Barb wire* (or similar) along the top of fencing. The police advise against the use of such methods of intruder prevention due to the risk of legal action if someone is injured. Of course, it is not only intruders and trespassers who risk being injured by barbed wire or broken glass. Householders owe a much greater duty of care to anyone on the property with permission.

Anti-climb paint can be painted along the top of the fence. Anti-climb paint is also known as anti-vandal, anti-burglar, anti-intruder or anti scale paint. It is basically a thick glutinous paint with a similar appearance to smooth gloss paint however when applied it does not dry and remains slippery indefinitely so preventing an intruder from gaining a foothold. However not only does it not dry it is also extremely difficult to remove from clothing so acting as an excellent deterrent to possible intruders. This makes anti climb paint a very simple, economic and effective way of protecting your property from intruders. Please note that anti-climb paint should always be applied at least 2 metres above normal access height and its presence should be clearly indicated with warning signs, it is generally accepted that warning signs should be displayed at no more than 3-4 metre intervals and in a position where they are easy to read

Prikka Strip* – is a plastic strip of spiky platy spikes Property owners must satisfy themselves that no harm will be caused by these products and should display a warning notice advertising that an anti-intruder device has been fitted. http:// www.prikka-strip.co.uk/

Shed – For information on shed and outbuildings security then please go tohttp:// www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your- garden-and-outbuildings. Always carefully consider what you keep in your shed? How valuable is it? How would I cope, how would I feel if it was stolen?

DON’T KEEP VALUABLES AT THE ALLOTMENTS

For further advice on home and personal security then visit http:// www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/

*Plotters are reminded that the Council prohibits the use barbed wire and similar devices on our site.