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Allotment site safety

Things you should do to make sure everyone stays safe on our allotments.  
If you spot anything you think may be a hazard or cause injury to other allotment users, please email or call 01202 128 886

To help us make sure our allotment sites are safe, you should: 

  • always lock the allotment gates when you arrive and leave the site 
  • always keep chemicals in clearly marked containers and in a locked and secure store 
  • follow HSE guidance on storing chemicals 
  • never pour chemicals or other hazardous substances into other containers such as soft plastic drinks bottles 
  • never get rid of old chemicals on your plot or pour into water courses as this can contaminate water and harm wildlife 
  • keep stored amounts petrol for machinery to a minimum and make sure it’s always locked away 
  • try to avoid having a bonfire on your plot  
  • always keep pets under control and dogs on a lead 
  • find out if you need a tetanus injection if you cut yourself while working on the allotment 
  • keep hedges trimmed in line with the terms of your allotment agreement 
  • cover the tops of garden canes with bottle lids or cartons to prevent injury 
  • remember that a pond on your plot can be a drowning risk 
  • keep your plot and its surroundings tidy and try to compost as much as you can to minimise landfill 
  • report any damage to fences or gates by email or call 01202 128 886 
  • contact the police and email if you notice vandalism or theft from your allotment site.