Do you have any great allotment related skills you would like to share? Are you an expert pruner? Can you build compost bays or cold frames from bits and pieces salvaged from skips? Can you mend old mowers and strimmers? Do you have bulging biceps and a strong back? Do you have a hedge trimmer or lawn mower or a cultivator? If so you may be able to help your fellow allotmenteers (not necessarily for free). Over the years we have been asked in the shop if we know someone who can help with allsorts of allotment tasks. Sometimes this is because the person does not have the time, sometimes they don't have the skills and sometimes it's because of failing health.
We would like to set up an informal directory of people with different skills. Some things they may do for you for free, or in exchange for help on their plot or in exchange for produce and some things they may charge you for. This would be something that you would need to sort out with them i.e. if want to get help trimming your privet hedge they might lend you the equipment, or do it for you, or supervise you doing it, you might pay them or give them a bag of potatoes later in the year. In some cases you may just one person to help you, in other cases you might need a team. To offer help you don't need to be a plotholder but you do need to be a member of the association, so if you are sitting on the waiting list and fancy a change to work up a sweat digging one Saturday afternoon, drop us your details.
Also if you have something you need help with, please don't hesitate to post a request on this blog. All you need to do is to be a paid up member of the association, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you the password details and instructions so that you can post a blog. Alternatively if you think posting up sounds too complicated for you just let us know what you are after and we will post your message up for you.