At last night’s AGM, SKGAS members passed a motion to remove all blue slug pellets from our sites this summer, in preparation for a nationwide ban which comes into force in Spring 2020.
At last night’s AGM, Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society members passed a motion to ban the general use of weedkillers across all its sites.
The motion to ban was passed by a landslide, with only one member registering their opposition.
Effective immediately, members must not bring onto the site, store, nor make use of any form of weedkiller on SKGAS allotment sites.
Where there is a specific need for the use of a proprietary weedkiller – for instance to kill a tree stump – members must seek written permission from a ground steward.
The steward will assess the request and advise on the type of product that may be used.
No application of weedkiller should be made without the express written permission from a ground steward or the committee. The committee will take swift action against any members breaching this rule.
The ban was placed tabled in response to a small number of members who insist on using herbicides to control grass on their paths. This results in the paths becoming undermined and becoming dangerous for those using them.
Glyphosphate, the active herbicide in most of the weedkillers used by allotment gardeners is widely acknowledged as dangerous. In 2015, it was identified by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a human carcinogen.
This is the reason the is why we have sought to limit its use across our sites in all but exceptional circumstances.
Though not banned in the UK or EU, it is believed as many as two thirds of the EU’s members would like to see it banned.
Many countries and metropolitan areas have already banned the use of glyphosphate.
Members must not light ANY bonfires throughout the 2019 growing season, ending 31 September 2019.
The committee took the decision to put the temporary ban in place in order to encourage greater use composting and to see how we manage without recourse to bonfires.
Members should contact their site stewards or members of the committee with any comments and suggestions.
Alternatively, use the form below to provide feedback on the temporary ban.
A Herculean effort was made on Friday 22 June to clear a huge mound of rubbish that had been recently let to new members.
A small group of volunteers spent 90 minutes filling a 12 yard skip with carpet, glass and other rubbish left on former members’ plots.
The rubbish had to be cleared quickly as some careless members had piled the rubbish against a neighbour’s fence.
Aside from the time committed, this has cost your society several hundred pounds. This is money we would have preferred to have spent on replacing the lawnmower or rotavator.
Carpet is no longer permitted on growing surfacs, but please consider the items you bring onto the site. The huge yellow bag in the picture is full of drinks cans, plastic bottles and glass jars, which may all be recycled with your domestic waste.
If it cannot be composted, take it away, as the rules state that members who leave the society may be charged for clearing up any rubbish they leave behind.
Anyway, if you see these wonderful people, do thank them for clearing up this mess. It was a filthy job on one of the hottest days of the year and as usual conducted by a small rump of members.
While you may not have been available today, please don’t hesitate to let your stewards know that you can help. Alternatively, ask to join the What’s App list for your site and you will be notified when we are trying to put together a work party.
There are fringe benefits, too, as those on the app will be told when a delivery, such as wood chip, arrives.
Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society – Competition Results 2017
Alderman Clark Cup 2017 (Best Allotment – score out of 100)
1st Ronkey Ram – Benton Road 91
2nd Karnail Banwait – Benton Road 90
3rd Sheila Nisbet – Goodmayes 87
John Mackin – Goodmayes 86 ½
Sandra Norondha – Benton Road 85
Nirmal Singh Benton Road 83
Joginder Singh Benton Road 83
Oscar Marvell Goodmayes 83
Chatting Cup 2017 (New Starters)
1st Balbir Singh (Benton Road) 85
2nd Sheratun Nabi (Benton Road) 68
Alan Hooker cup
Ronkey Ram Benton Road 91
The Seven Kings & Goodmayes Allotment Society AGM was held on Wednesday 4 April 2018,
It was well attended and there was some lively debate.
See below for a link to a copy of the minutes.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 90th Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at the Goodmayes Community Centre, 616c Green Lane, IG3 9SE, on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 7.30pm.
Complementary refreshments will be available after the meeting and there will be a free raffle with one ticket issued to each attendee.
1. Welcome Address
2. Presentation of prizes (Lists of awards and prize winners overleaf)
4. Matters arising
5. Chairman’s report
6. Treasurer’s report
7. Secretary’s report
8. Membership Secretary’s report
9. Trading Secretary’s report
10. Election of Committee for 2018-19 (Members are urged to consider joining the Committee to help run the Society).
President Site stewards for
Chair Benton Road
Vice-chair Wards Road South
Secretary Wards Road North
Trading Secretary Vicarage Lane South
Membership Secretaries Vicarage Lane North
At present we need more site stewards at Goodmayes, Benton Road, Wards Road North and Wards Road South. Please consider acting as a site steward, which could involve a small commitment reporting problems to the committee, or getting further involved in plot letting and maintaining communal areas.
11. President’s Address
12. Motions for discussion (Motions must have a proposer and seconder and be submitted to Padraig Floyd (Chair) c/0 2, Airthrie Road, Goodmayes, IG3 9QU by 14th March 2018).
13. Any other business
14. Raffle draw
Followed by refreshments
Members are cordially invited to attend the AGM to have their say in the running of the society.
If you won a cup or an award certificate in 2017 these will be presented at the meeting.