Blane Valley Allotments

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BVA News

Kazuba Toilet

After the successful installation we will be painting the floor and outer walls so it will be closed for a few days. Watch out for an email notice.

Haygrove Polytunnel

We have a potential installation date of mid May due to a fire at the fabric factory. We will keep you posted. It will be sited to the left as you come down the steps onto the grass. We are collecting waste straw in bags to make compost in the tunnel. We will need to create deep beds inside and may need volunteers to barrow compost, or gravel for the outer area. Half of the polytunnel will be used for the Wee Spuds and half for the allotments. People who have no access to a greenhouse can request space. We hope to grow plants from seed to share with all.

New Log Cabin

The first job is to get a new soakaway behind the shed and then down linking into the drainage system. This is in progress so please watch out for deep channels dug across the common grass area, that will be appearing before being filled in with gravel.

After that we will be getting the base of the shed extended by two metres at the front and three metres at the side. This will involve a day or two of staff working in the common area that we will inform you of. 

The footprint of the new cabin will be one metre deeper than the existing shed and it will face the allotments with lovely front opening doors and windows, making it much more accessible and usable than the current orientation of the shed.   After taking advice, we will be raising it up from the base to create an air space under the floor and putting in air vents with insect preventing mesh under the roof.  

The cabin is ordered and the projected date is August. The priority for this year is to get it up, treated and painted before the winter. We have looked into the best wood treatment and paint to preserve it. We will need volunteers for painting the inside and out and at height. 

Toilet instructions

It has a chimney and will use sun and wind power to dry the pee, poo and paper that goes into the toilet. The air comes down the toilet and up the chimney to do the drying via solar heat and the whirling chimney top (see diagram inside toilet). So no smell and nothing else down the toilet. There is a bin and black biodegradable dog bags for sanitary waste that can’t go down the toilet. There is hand sanitiser and wipes for the toilet, these will go in the bin. Alternatively, you can use the alcohol based wipes to clean the doorhandles and toilet.  All of these MUST go in the bin NOT THE TOILET. There is a hand sanitiser dispenser on the fence outside to clean the doorhandle on the way in and hand sanitiser to clean your hand before you touch the handle on the way out. 

As part of the funding application we have environmental targets to achieve. We have been meeting these already and we will continue to do so. We have a new large bed for filling for communal leaf composting. The Wee Spuds took shredded tree prunings for bark on their paths. We can make our own compost, in the polytunnel (news to come) we can put a ton bag with straw and fresh horse manure from the path or fields with mushroom compost on top and grow pumpkins or squash this year and have the best compost for cucumbers next year. 

Website (www.bvallotmentscouk.wordpress.com), recycling and sharing produce and knowledge all part of our CCAF and Stirling Council targets

We have a new website and David is ready to take your contributions. There will be a place for you to chart your own plot and its development. We have a public section for us to share advice for people growing at home so we can extend our growing community out into the village. 

Please let Sheena know when you have shared produce and plants so we can count this, hedging and fruit bushes are already earmarked for the new nature pond water field at the park. 

There will also be an opportunity to take leaves and bark from the village for your individual plots. We are setting up new worm composting on two sites so there is plenty of experience to share, online, in person and to the village when our open days and membership meetings and workdays return.

WASPS – Please keep an eye out for wasp nests as they are very active.

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