"Cultivation” and, more importantly “non-cultivation”, can mean different things to different people and can be interpreted in various ways. If you look around the site, you will find that there are almost as many different styles of cultivation as there are plots. It is certainly not necessary to maintain strictly regimented rows of vegetables.
So whay have a Cultivation Policy?
A cultivation policy sets out to give a clear understanding to current members and prospective new members to the Hatfield Peverel Allotment Association (HPAA) of the minimum standard required of maintaining their plot/s. I will help to establish harmony between neighbouring plot holders.
Members must keep their allotments reasonably free from weeds and rubbish, and otherwise maintain them in a proper state of cultivation to the satisfaction of the Association.
What is important is that plots should be cultivated in a way that does not interfere with the enjoyment of neighbouring members.
Key elements include
a) Removal of weed seed-heads before the seed has set
b) Control of pernicious weeds, such as those that spread through the extension of roots or by generating new plants from growing tips in contact with the soil
c) Removal of long grass or detritus that is likely to harbour slugs and snails which might migrate onto a neighbouring plot
d) Maintaining structures in good order
e) Not allowing trees to exceed the maximum height – see under ‘Special Considerations when Planting Trees’
f) Keeping paths free of hazards and obstructions, including overhanging branches, and ensuring grass paths are trimmed
If for any reason you are temporarily unable to work your plot, please let us know. If your plot is left uncultivated or other terms of your membership agreement are not followed, you run the risk of the membership being terminated and the loss of your plot/s
Special Considerations when Planting Trees
Special consideration should be observed in the planting of trees and making sure the root stock used will mean that the fully grown tree will not exceed the 2m (8ft) height rule. But also take care where you plant the tree, making sure you take into account the spread of the tree when grown that its branches do not obstruct the pathways or interfere with neighbouring plots.