Meanwhile the Volunteer Squad have lost the services of Gordon and Mike, who are unable to attend while the most recent Lockdown is in place. However, we have been lucky enough to have Ali and Irene join us over the last number of weeks and we are very grateful to them for their enthusiasm and hard work.

We had a great day on Sunday, spurred on by wonderful weather.

Ali, Stewart and Jordi – quite a lineup!

We had the help of a big team on the day – Ali, Stewart, Jordi, Callum and Irene and got masses done despite the hot weather. Over the last week or so jobs undertaken by the Squad have included:

  • seek and destroy missions against Sticky Willies on plot edges
  • weeding the Nursery plot
  • tidy up and refreshing of the Primary plastic greenhouse
  • removing barbed wire from the Southern wall/boundary
  • reinstating the sight line for drivers exiting the main entrance
  • hoeing the Octagon Path
  • spraying the areas of hard-standing, ready for weed removal
  • regular de-heading of flowers in the raised beds and around Octagon
  • regular watering of the communal greenhouses
  • weeding and adding woodchip to plot edges
  • removal of the broken compost bin by the northern carpark
  • regular weeding of the raised beds and around fruit trees
  • preparing the round picnic table by the Polytunnel
  • repair and painting of compost bins
  • Primary School compost bin turning/management
  • weekly litter picks of the whole site
  • painting of the Bothy cladding and A-frame board
  • reorganisation and tidying of the Communal Containers
  • woodchip pile management
  • Micro-plot paths weeding
  • strimming of ‘wilder’ grassy areas
  • weeding and maintenance of South and North Banks
  • tidy of North Car Park waste metal and wood ready for removal when the Public Skips open for trailers
  • giving a helping hand to injured or incapacitated plotters

This is not an exclusive list by any means and plotters have contributed their time to regular grass cutting, strimming, raised bed planting up, tree bowl trimming, entrance barrier painting and the like. My apologies to those I have not mentioned.

But the truth is, there is more to be done than we can get done at the moment. We have all sorts of jobs to be done – from 10 minute jobs to 100 minute jobs. If you have any wee bit of time you could offer, don’t be shy, ask a member of the Committee how you can help. If you could help out with the Volunteer Squad on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday please let me (Norman) know.

One suggestion – ‘adopt’ the path edge that borders your own plot and keep it tidy, weed-free and in a shape that does not impede or scratch cars as they pass by.