Martin Way Allotment Gardens Association

MAGA Guidelines

OCTOBER 2020 - UPDATE

Please read these guidelines in conjunction with your tenancy agreement

 Martin Way Allotments – a self-managed community

 MAGA is run by a small Committee of plot holders who volunteer to run the allotments on everybody’s behalf. They are voted in at the AGM usually held in April each year.

 

By being self-managed we control our own budget and can make decisions about what we would like to improve on the allotments. This also keeps the cost of the rents low but it does mean we all need to help as part of the allotment community.

 

You are encouraged to volunteer to help run the allotments. This can take the form of organising social events, helping in the shop, helping with working parties, etc. If you would like to become more involved please see a member of the Committee or email us.

 

Bonfires – are not encouraged as they can cause pollution and affect people with breathing difficulties.  If you do have a bonfire only burn dry untreated natural materials - the burning of any other materials such as plastics, tyres, carpet, MDF, laminated wood is strictly prohibited.  Bonfires must not cause a nuisance to your neighbours, must not be left unattended and must be fully extinguished by hosing down before you leave the site. It must not cause a nuisance to your neighbours and must only be lit after dusk.

Borders – should be kept neat and tidy.  All planting on the plot should be situated so as not to encroach on or interfere with the pathways.  Special care should be taken with the siting of substantial plants (eg fruit trees) and suckering/prickly plants (eg soft fruit).

Concrete – should not be used at any time on your plot. All structures and fences should be removable e.g. paving slabs.

 

Dogs – must be kept under control so as not to be a nuisance to others.

No other animals are allowed on the allotments. Chickens may be allowed, but permission must first be obtained from the Committee and there are many obligations to be adhered to.

 

Fences – any fences or low hedges must be at least 0.5m (20”) away from the centre of the path, so if your plot neighbour does the same the access is still clear. Please ask the Committee before erecting fences, so that we can ensure the right boundaries are in use.

 

Invasive plants - such as bamboo, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, all types of willow, fast-growing conifers and toxic plants such as giant hogweed are not permitted.  A list of species currently prohibited by law can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prevent-the-spread-of-harmful-invasive-and-non-native-plants

Materials – only materials to be used on your plot such as poles, posts and netting, etc can be stored there. No building materials please.  Tyres should not be brought onto the plot and must not be placed in the non-green waste bay as they can only be recycled at a limited number of designated facilities.  Items such as pesticides, fertilisers and petrol must be stored safely and securely, in accordance with the manufacturers guidance and legal requirements.

Paths – around all plots are there for shared access, need to be level and about 1m (40”) wide so that a loaded wheelbarrow may pass. Adjoining tenants are responsible for keeping the paths passable, level and tidy.  Weed suppressant fabric/carpet on paths, which can be slippery when wet, must be covered by woodchip or they can be grassed over but cut frequently; rigid sheeting is not permitted as it is dangerous to walk on. Do not put paving slabs on the paths, they are a trip hazard.

Parking - you may only park in the access road temporarily when delivering materials to your plot. Please use the car parks provided and at no time should you park your car on your plot.

 

Plots - need to be cultivated i.e. crops grown and kept weed free. All the space needs to be used – a minimum cultivation of 40% in the 1st year, 75% from then on – the rest kept tidy.

Plot inspections - are carried out at least twice a year and are to keep the allotments well used. A ‘Tidy up’ (TU) or a ‘Notice of Non Cultivation’ (NNC) letter may be issued depending on the state of the plot.

Both letters requires the plot holder to attend to the plots in a timely manner within 21 days. If nothing is done then further action is taken, potentially leading to a termination of tenancy. If there are special circumstances please let the Committee know as these will be taken into consideration. See http://maga.org.uk/p/general-info/plot-inspections for further info.

 

Plot numbers – are a requirement of your tenancy and need to be clearly marked on a post or structure on your plot.

Risks – please be aware of the potential risks that may arise around the allotments and play your part by using and storing materials carefully such as glass, wires, stakes, slippery sheets etc.  Always wear appropriate protection when using mechanical equipment.

 

Security –the gates on both the east and west side must be closed AT ALL TIMES and be locked if you believe that you are the last person leaving.  The height barriers should always be locked when not in use to bring in or exit a vehicle, as the site is attractive to fly tippers, etc. Please remember always to bring your gate key whenever you visit your plot.

 

Structures – please ask the Committee – sheds, greenhouses or polytunnels up to 8’ x 6’ are generally allowed – usually 1 shed and 1 greenhouse or polytunnel. They need to be 0.3m (12”) from the path or boundary for maintenance and access. Doors should open onto your plot not the pathway.

 

Trees – only fruit trees from dwarf or semi-dwarf stock and kept below 2.5m high for easy and safe harvesting are permitted.

Waste Bays – are only for allotment rubbish although you may bring green waste from home for your plot compost bin. Compost as much green waste as possible on your plot.

 

Water – hand held hoses are allowed. Drip/soaker hoses may only be used when you are on your plot. Sprinklers may not be used at any time.

If you are unsure please ask!