EWAA’s shop is open on Sunday mornings, 10 -12 in the spring and summer, 11-12 in the autumn and winter (closed August, Christmas and New Year). It’s staffed by volunteers from the committee and is a good place to find us if you need to speak to someone about your plot/the site. We sell seeds, fertilisers of various kinds and garden sundries including black plastic mulch. See here for more details.
Tony Flett (mobile – 07788 410251) oversees machinery at EWAA.
He is assisted by Stewart Young (mobile – 07867 582938).
Please note that we no longer lend out petrol or electric strimmers. Our lawn mowers are only used by volunteers for mowing the main paths.
- Hiring. Committee members have used Greenplant in Wheatley, and we have obtained a 30% introductory discount for plotholders from Artisan hire in Botley. See rates here. This option would be most cost-effective if several plot-holders wanted to hire for a day or weekend.
- Help from other allotment holders. Contact others who can help with strimming for a donation towards fuel, wear & tear etc. John Butler on plot number 135b has offered to help for the following: £5 for paths and front verge, £11 for a half plot, £22 for a full plot.(This is just for cutting not raking or taking cuttings away.) John can be contacted on 01865-714-892
- Non-mechanical tools. We also have some non-mechanical tools for loan from the Allotment shop, eg azadas, scythes, sickle etc. Ask at the shop for more details.
- Strimmers should not be used on large areas of thick brambles and rampant tree saplings
- Always strim down from the top, never start at the base of the weeds you are cutting
- If you think you might not be able to cultivate or control an area quickly – get some Mypex or other suitable plastic covering and cover the area you have strimmed to prevent re-growth and the spread of weed seeds.