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Coronavirus and the RPA

Date posted: Tuesday 24th March 2020

The government has specifically included working on allotments as one of the forms of exercise we are allowed to do once a day under the lockdown rules. Of course, fighting the spread of coronavirus has to be the priority, so we are asking all plotholders to follow these rules, to ensure your safety and that of others:

  • Use gloves while opening and closing the vehicle gate or pedestrian door.
  • Keep a 2 metre distance between yourself and other plotholders and only go onto your own plot. In these exceptional circumstances, only plotholders – and not friends – should visit the allotments.
  • If you have children, ensure they follow these rules.
  • Do not let unknown people onto the site.
  • Follow any new government guidelines.

Any plotholder with particular needs is welcome to contact the Plotholders Committee via email ( or by dropping a note in the shed letterbox.

Some plotholders need to drive to the allotments because of distance or because of difficulties in walking or cycling. Please help ensure that there are enough parking spaces at the allotments for these people by either walking or cycling or finding a parking space outside the allotments.

Since plotholders can no longer meet up at the café or social events, we have set up a new forum for the exchange of news and views. Please restrict the discussions to topics directly relevant to the allotments and ensure your contributions are courteous and pleasant. Click on this link to register:

This RPA website will carry the latest news and announcements, so do use it to keep up-to-date. And please do contact the Plotholders Committee if you are worried that any plotholder, especially the elderly, has been left out of the loop.

Thank you all for your help in getting through these difficult times. If we remain sensible and follow the health guidance, we can help contain the coronavirus and still enjoy fruit and veg from our plots.

Plotholders Committee

March 2020

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