WE are writing to bring to the attention of allotment gardeners throughout Stafford, under the control of the Horticultural Trustees, the current health and safety legislation which has been forced upon us.
All the site secretaries and committees are obligated to ensure their implementation on pain of eviction from the association and allotment plot for disregarding trustee management or site rules.
We do not think that it makes for comfortable reading at all and I fear that the trustees’ management could be overstepping their duty.
As far as we are concerned on the Tenby Drive plot, we have safe health cover from many sources and our safety is such that we are individually and collectively responsible for its thorough application, and of course with the intelligence and common sense we have accrued over our working lives and shared experience.
We feel that these policies and rules are placing a great burden on our shoulders.
We do recognise the need to observe safety, but this attitude will only succeed in driving people away from allotment gardening, and could prevent the next generation of gardeners learning the skills of their older mentors.
The day is coming when it will be more convenient, less stressful, and apparently, far safer to simply let Sainsburys grow our produce. Perhaps we can all meet in a cafe, share a joke, put this crazy politically controlled world to rights, and provided we have completed a “risk assessment” cautiously depart for home, none the worse for wear.
Tenby Drive Allotment Association.