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Making Kent Safer Survey

The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott has launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls (VAWG). He has asked that organisations share this information with their membership. Part of this is a survey which seeks to gather information to help understand the strength of feeling of women and girls in Kent and to hear their views on how to make them feel safer. They also want to hear about any personal experiences. 

Over 5000 have responded so far. If you are interested in contributing to this inquiry, please visit:

www.makingkentsafer.co.uk

BLIGHT RESISTANT VARIETIES

As per previous post & thank you to John Meloy for supplying the following information on blight resistant varieties :-

 First Earlies Second EarliesBest Main CropGood main Crop  
PotatoesColleen Winston Ambassador Orla (prone to slug damage)Kestrel Athlete Fambo Novella Sarpo UnaSarpo Mira SetantaCarolus Sarpo Axona Sarpo Shona Sarpo Blue Danube Ambo Cara Markies  
TomatoesSmallSmall/mediumMediumMedium/largeLargePlum
 Crimson Cocktail Crimson CherryMountain MagicCocktail Crush Crimson CrushOh Happy DaysBuffalo Sun Crimson BlushCrimson Plum
OnionsSantero is resistant to mildew     

Site Inspection

Further to the previous message about blight, the committee completed a site inspection yesterday and noticed a number of plots whose potatoes and or tomatoes are affected by blight. We have contacted most plot holders who are affected but would ask you all to be vigilant and remove all traces of blight as soon as it appears.The best action is to remove all foliage and remove from the site.

Please look out for a post about blight resistant potatoes and tomatoes. Many varieties that previously had blight resistance are no longer resistant to the new strains of blight.

We also noticed that some plots are not fully cultivated. We understand that it has been difficult this year. If you are not able to cultivate your whole plot, please ensure you keep the weeds under control by strimming and covering the uncultivated area, this will prevent the spread of weeds to other plots. 

Potato Blight

Blight has been spotted on a number of plots. There is no cure for potato blight when your plants are infected. The first action to take is to cut off all growth above soil level and burn it as soon as possible. This will minimise the infection on your soil and also reduce the risk of you passing potato blight on to neighbours, including neighbouring farms which could ruin their crops.
Please check your crop urgently. If you see any sign on your plot please take the above action without delay.

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Blight

For more information please see the Pest & Diseases section of this web site.

Plot Judging

Judging for this years Best Plot competition has been confirmed and will take place between Monday 12th and Friday 16th July

As per previous years members need to ‘opt out’ of the Top Ten Competition if you do not  want your plot judged. (Please advise Chairman or Treasurer). The criteria for the judging can be found within the documentation section of this web site.

This Weekend

This weekend is WORKING PARTY weekend, preparing the site for our Open Day on 18th July. So members if you can spare a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday morning between 10 and 12 there will be a hedge to trim a path to clear or another task for you to do. On Saturday there will be free refreshments. Sunday is our usual monthly COFFEE MORNING as well and normal prices will be in place for the refreshments. You will be welcome on either morning and your assistance is much appreciated. Thank you 😊

AGM Agenda (UPDATEd)

Please note the previously distributed AGM agenda has now been revised and is now attached below. Please note this advises members of a change of venue, it is now being held by the clubhouse on the allotments.

Additionally the time has been bought forward to 7:15pm so we can complete the business before it gets too dark. Also please can members now bring their own refreshments.

Parking will also be limited so if members can walk or cycle to the site, all the better! We may also have to limit numbers to comply with Covid 19 regulations so please get there early to secure a seat.