AGM  6 Nov 2016   Chairman’s Report Part 2

 Implementation of the Drainage Plan

 Thank you to all those who have worked hard to dig their ditches, install drainage under the lateral paths where necessary, and repair their paths. It has made an appreciable difference already.

We do need everyone’s co-operation to solve the drainage problem, which affects all of us. There is an excellent article in the October RHS magazine, which we have duplicated; poor drainage is a national as well as our local problem, which affects the fertility of the ground.

The Committee has adopted the plan of David Stacey and Alex Hamilton, our two water engineers, and spent £1000 on ditch-digging, drainage pipes and path-stabilizing mesh.

We now need everyone to play their part by digging their ditches and repairing their paths.

The Committee has decided that the renewal of all tenancies for the year 2017-2018 will be dependent on each plot-holder digging his/her ditches and repairing the paths, as well as the general proper cultivation of the plot.

Please try to do the work while the ground is soft, and certainly before the next Inspection, which will take place in May 2017.

The  2016 Inspectors’ Report also highlighted the need for consistent cultivation of the plots, and consistent maintenance of the ditches and paths. This is a continuous process.

If you foresee that you may have problems fulfilling your obligations as laid down in your tenancy agreement, please contact Nelly or me.

I have written a detailed summary of what needs to be done, which I attach. If in doubt, please ask.

Philip Milner, Chairman

10 October 2016

Drainage Plan; what needs to be done

  1. Ditches
  1. Each plot needs a ditch 6”wide and 6” deep on all four sides, the north-south ditch to carry water down to the golf course, and the lateral east-west ditch to hold water and to prevent the path below becoming waterlogged.
  2. In the central section of the site, where the problem is most severe, a drainage pipe, available in the shop, should be laid north-south under the lateral path, at a depth of 6” below the path, ie, with 3” of soil and turf on top, to carry water to the ditches below. This may mean two pipes per plot. The pipes should be 12”longer than the width of the path.
  3. Nelly and I will talk individually to plot-holders with plots next to the golf-course fence, where there may be specific problems with the ditches.
  • Paths
    1. The paths should be 30” wide, and higher than the plots on each side.
    2. They should be slightly concave so water can run off, and there should be no ruts in the middle.
    3. They can be built up by using the soil from the ditch-digging, manure and sand, but not wood-chip or planings, which cause problems.
    4. The Committee will lay protective mesh on the junctions of the paths, where there is a need.
    5. The Committee may also need to lay protective mesh the length of certain paths designated as the only ones to be used in winter, or in wet conditions.