Sheds and Trees
© Hotwells & District Allotments Ltd 2007-2021
The plot holder is responsible for maintaining the shed. This includes minor repairs and re-felting where necessary.
The stores have proper shed roof felt (NB it's different to roofing felt) in 5 m rolls- sufficient for the standard shed
(cost around £15.00), plus clout nails for £1.00 per bag .
If your shed needs painting, the stores also have large tins of wood preservative (cost £5.50) which will be
sufficient for a few years and shed brushes at £2 each.
Major damage occasioned by storms will be put right by our travelling shed member at Association expense. But
if you have been careless and not left the door securely closed (opening doors are the biggest cause of damage
by wind) then you may have to bear the repair costs. Please note that trees or bushes (if your shed is beside a
hedgerow) can lacerate roofs in high winds. We suggest a clear area around the shed, and that you don't let ivy
get near the shed. Remember that the sheds are owned by the Association, not by the plot holder, and in return
for using them during your tenancy you have to maintain them so that they can be passed on in good repair to any
future plot holder.
Other than cultivated fruit trees on dwarf rooting stock (which limit growth to at most 12 ft in height), trees are
forbidden on allotment plots. Some wild trees/bushes such as the Elderberry are very attractive to birds and
produce flowers and fruit which can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Plant cuttings in hedgerows: they take easily.
Trees usually occur as the result of self-seeding by wind, birds or squirrels and it's best to remove seedlings as
soon as they are seen. Where they have been allowed to grow larger they may have to be dug out; or where this is
impractical, sawn down. In the latter case, coniferous trees can be left as a stump which will not regenerate and will
eventually rot away. Deciduous trees, however, will send up strong shoots from a stump and must therefore be killed
by the injection of a suitable substance. Please contact your site rep for assistance with the bigger trees.