Allotment Guidance Covid 19

The UK government in England have included allotments as a space where you are permitted, during this month- long lockdown, to take some exercise. Please remember to carry on using social distancing and taking hygiene precautions when visiting the site and touching communal surfaces. Plot-holders over 70 years of age, regardless of general health are particularly vulnerable. It may feel safe on an allotment site but there are still risks.

Hands, Face, Space

NAS Q & A  On Allotments and Social Distancing

Protect yourself and your family

Covid -19 – The virus that causes COVID 19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.  Some droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces. Other smaller airborne particles can remain in the air for some time. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of a person who has Convid-19- hence the 2m social distancing requirement, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

Can I still work my allotment during the Covid19 lockdown?

Yes, allotments are a great way of both getting exercise and obtaining food during this crisis.

Can I visit the allotment with my family and friends?

It is permitted to visit your allotment during this month- long lockdown but you can only visit with your household, support bubble or one other person from another household if permitted by site/association rules and regulations.

How can I ensure my family’s and everyone else’s safety at the plot?

Do not attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolating, this includes people who need to isolate after returning from holidays abroad.

Take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels to the plot with you (cold water will work too).

Use hand sanitiser (should be 60% alcohol content) before entering the site and opening any gate locks

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds after closing the lock, dry with a paper towel

The most effective part of hand washing is the drying using preferably paper towel to remove the layer of dead skin scales – on which virus and bacteria sit. Paper towel to compost heap.

DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people- use an elbow to work the push taps.

Wash your hands again for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel before opening and closing the lock to leave the site

Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock

Wash hands when you get home

Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2 metres

If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.

Do not share tools

Do not wash your hands in water troughs

I am self-isolating  and cannot go to the allotment and worried about losing my plot, what should I do?

Please make sure that you inform your Council Allotment Officer or Allotment Association that you are unable to visit the site, preferably in writing, so that they can make allowances for your situation.

Covid-19 FWS Support Group

COVID-19 FWS Support


Understanding the needs of the Community in these uncertain times and the challenges that we are all have.


For those that may need support and that bit of extra help, the support group of local residents is here for you.


A friendly chat through the many mediums

Shopping for Food and General supplies

Picking up Prescriptions

Walking the Dog

Putting out the Bin

Take a Parcel
Preparing meals for the Freezer

Recipe Sharing

Checking on planned appointments

Guidance and Advice


COVID Support


The SWIM Project – Flood Reporting

The SWIM Project

SWIM is a straightforward, web-based system which allows Members of the Public, Flood Wardens and Flood Risk Management Authorities to enter details about property flooding in one place.

The system can be a used to aid multiple agencies in their combined response to flooding both during an event and after. Records collected are spatially referenced and can therefore be analysed on a map or in summary reports. During an flood record point, SWIM can be used to inform decision makers and provide an overall picture of what problems exists over a geographical area.

This helps agencies better prioritise assistance both during and after an event.

This is the link to the reporting site SWIM and will be added to the main menu on the Fretherne with Saul Parish Council Website.

Using SWIM

If you are a member of the public then please fill in details of flooding which has impacted your property.

All data entered will be reviewed by one of the organisations involved in the SWIM project.

The SWIM project has been developed by the GeoWessex partnership. The developers are the Dorset Council Geographical Information Team working with colleagues from the Environment Agency and the Dorset Council Flood Risk team.