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Guidelines for visiting community gardens, under new Tier 2 regime.

Streatham Common Community Garden

Update: 15.10.2020

We know how important it is to get into our gardens but we also know that the disease is spreading, so we urge you to follow the guidelines as London heads for Tier 2. There are currently no restrictions on travelling to outdoor spaces and you can meet in groups of up to six (not in your household or bubble).

  • Do not visit your community garden or allotment if you or any member of your family are self-isolating or feel unwell.
  • Anyone considered medically vulnerable/subject to government shielding advice should not visit the growing space.
  • Avoid public transport to visit your garden; instead walk, run, cycle or drive to the allotment, either on your own or with one other member of your household.
  • Do not allow your garden to be open to the public.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands after using the allotment gate. It would be helpful to others if you wiped down the gate, as well, if you can.
  • Don’t wash your hands in the communal water troughs.
  • It may be necessary to establish a rota for usage if plots are close together; garden leaders should publicise maximum number of visitors and display on an external board.
  • Only work on your plot with your household or bubble. If you share the plot with someone from a different household then you must observe safe social distancing rules. Ideally, work out a timetable so you can visit the plot separately.
  • Maintain safe 2 metre social distancing protocols at all times.
  • Don’t make anyone a cup of tea and keep all communal amenities closed.
  • Don’t share tools.
  • Don’t visit the allotment shop.
  • Ensure your children keep to your plot and avoid playing in communal areas.
  • If you take your dog with you, ensure it is kept on a lead, within the bounds of your own plot. If it wanders off and you need to retrieve it from communal areas this could place you and others at risk.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands thoroughly before and after eating food, and when you get home.

If you would like to find out more about what other members are doing, or need some practical advice, please do get in touch.