Plot holders get ready for New Year

The annual general meeting of the Clonmel Allotments and Community Gardens Association takes place on Tuesday night, January 28 in the community centre at the rear of St Oliver’s Church, commencing at 8pm.

The membership fees will also be due on or before the night and each member needs to send in their signed form beforehand if they’re unable to attend.

Last year the collection of membership presented some difficulties, with members digging their plots and no fee paid. The payment of fees includes insurance and it is vital that fees are paid first before any work takes place on your plot.

Each year we have some plot holders surrendering membership and many more want to join, and the management of the waiting list is a task that requires the co-operation of all members.

The condition of the pathways was discussed at the last meeting and it was noted that some plot holders are using the paths to store and sometimes discard weeds and other growths. This practice has led to muddy paths, weed growth and an unsightly appearance to the allotments.

After the AGM it is proposed that the allotment’s gates will be locked for a week to enable the pathways be dealt
with, and mill waste laid if available.

Members had a great trip to the Botanic Gardens, with a full bus and brilliant weather. The allotments at the gardens are a trial run on what can be done in a controlled area without the use of chemicals and using natural control methods.

The Clonmel allotments, even if the plots are on a much smaller scale, re-create much of what was once common and new skills are learned by watching others. The growing year was a great one but got off to a shaky start with a cold spring and hot summer, which was just what the vegetables needed.

A special “time out “plot was opened with a prayer and some refreshments in the autumn, as members remember those who have passed away and they are constantly in their thoughts.

If you would like to contact the committee please talk to any member or call secretary Bernard Lennon on 086-2937220.


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