We may have jumped the gun on Japanese Knotweed and the committee are making extensive enquiries on what is being grown. Sample plants taken to Wisley were NOT Japanese Knotweed but Buckwheat grown from seed which is related to sorrel, knotweed and rhubard. We are however still concerned about plants raised from cuttings and will update accordingly as we find out.
A letter of apology has now been sent to all concerned plot holders and an offer of compensation has been made where Buckwheat grown from seed had been removed. If the plot holder buys new seed and produces a sealed packet with a receipt and plot number we will reimburse from the stores on a Sunday morning.
Japanese Knotweed had been planted from cuttings on a number of plots and the committee members make no apology for removing this. We will be monitoring those plots where it was found. Any reoccurrence will be dealt with swiftly and severely.
All members are asked to report any further sightings.
The Open Day was a huge success and thank you from the Committee and the “Fun Raisers” to all those who attended.
Plant, book and miscellaneous sales along with tea and cake donations raised a staggering £630.62 so very well done to all those concerned.
It has been decided that the charities who will benefit from this year’s fundraising will be Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice ( http://www.pth.org.uk ) and Chloe’s and Sophie’s Special Ears Fund ( http://www.cssef.org.uk )
Bonfire ban proposed and passed.
No bonfires will be allowed on site from March 1st to October 31st with immediate effect.
Shed applications now to include poly tunnels. Permissions will be granted in the same way as sheds with applicants being made aware of size, placement and type restrictions.