Allotment Plots

At present there is a waiting list for allotment plots. To apply to join the waiting list email:-

We have had a lot of applications from people in Chandlers Ford please note that you are not eligible to join the waiting list. This also applies to applications from the new development at Abbotswood as this lies within Romsey Extra. The waiting list is for Romsey Town residents only.

The above email address can also be used by members to contact the Allotment Committee

Best Kept Alloment competition winners 2017
Points are given for tidiness, cultivation and variety of produce.
Cash prizes are awarded for the top three highest scores
at the end of the season. Congratulations to this years winners: -
First place and winner of the Jim Holloway cup :
Mr & Mrs Lourens, plot 20
Second place: Mr Dawkins, plot 19
Third place: Ms Dodson, plot 34
















We have had complaints from nearby residents about smoke and pollution from bonfires. Allotment Rule 6ii clearly states that the allotment holder shall not cause annoyance to any other allotment occupier or local resident. Failure to comply with this rule could mean no more bonfires at the allotments. It is a great pity that a few thoughtless plot holders choose to ignore this rule and also leave bonfires unattended. When you leave your plot any bonfire shoud be extinguished.

Fly Tipping

We have recently had some fly tipping occur on the allotments which the society has had to pay to have removed. Could all members please remember to close the gate if they are the last person to leave the plots. This may help deter future incidents of fly tipping. If fly tipping becomes a regular occurance rents will have to be raised to cover the cost of removal of the offending rubbish.

RTC Allotments AGM

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at Romsey Town Hall at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber
All tenants are invited to attend.

Chairmans report / Spring newsletter 2018

As I sit here writing this newsletter the sun has finally decided to show its face after a snowy start to the new growing season. This should be good encouragement to get the spade and fork working to prepare the allotment ready for planting. By now early potatoes can be planted along with broad bean plants that have been hardened off outdoors.
I would like to welcome new tenants who have taken up plots over the winter months. I hope that the plot you have taken on is not too daunting, but I can assure you that once the plot is up together it is easy and rewarding to keep it going.
The allotment committee has decided to drop the awarding of cash prizes for the annual best kept allotment, the plots will now be judged on cultivation and neatness only. The same committee members will assess the plots four times in the same year, so that results can be constant for each year. The committee can then ascertain how the plots are maintained during the year. At this point I would like to remind tenants that if you have difficulty in keeping your plot up together please inform a committee member so we are aware of any problems. It is important that plots are kept tidy as we do not wish to receive complaints from neighbouring tenants which may result in warning letters being issued.
I would like to remind tenants that there is a 5mph speed limit on site. The committee has spent a lot of money repairing the road. Already it is being potholed, so I would request that tenants who use the road adhere to the speed limit. We are now having to purchase more hogging material to patch the road. Is there a tenant who can assist in any way with the supply of materials and/or assistance with the repairs? If so, please contact a committee member.
During the last allotment judging it was noticed that carpet is being used as a weed suppressant. The rules state that carpet is not to be used. If left too long then weeds grow through the carpet and it is then very difficult to remove. In the past this has resulted in committee members having to do the job prior to re-letting of a plot.
The use of a covering left down for long periods will indicate to the committee that the plot is not being used which may result in the issue of a warning letter. I would like to bring your attention to Rule 6. Para(1).
Now the usual reminders: If you are the last person leaving the allotments, please remember to close the gate. A closed gate may put off some unwanted visitors and 'fly tipping'
Bonfires: Please check that the smoke is not drifting over the A27 road or towards the homes across the railway line and please make sure that the fire is extinguished before leaving the site.
Finally, Rats: They are with us all the time, but if any tenant thinks they have more than most please do not hesitate to contact a committee member.

John Waterman
Allotment Committee Chairman.

Allotment vandalism

A number of allotment sheds have been vandalised and turned over and other items such as fruit cages and stakes have been broken on the allotments.
The police are aware of this and spent some time at the plots with the Chairman looking for any clues as to the culprits. If you have had anything stolen from your plot could you please inform the committee or the Romsy police.