Our Chairman attended a lecture on 16th February 2019 given by West Dorset Beekeepers’ Association concerning raising awareness of the Asian Hornet and it’s potential impact in the UK. Colin reports: It is important that people watch out for the Asian Hornet Queens which are coming out of hibernation during late February and march.
They should be photographed, if possible, but not killed until their location has been reported and an expert has visited. It may have started making a nest which has to be found and destroyed. This can be difficult to do as the hornet has to be tracked.
This invasive pest has destroyed 30% of the honey market in France!
You can download an identification poster here!
Just to remind you that Horse Compost is still available at the end of October- a trailer load of 2½ tons plus costs £50 cash, payable on delivery (in the Bridport area only). Phone Colin Sparkes 01308 456 479 to order.
Bridport Town Council charges 01/04/18 – 31/03/19
These are the charges applicable from April 2018, as agreed by the Finance committee in January 2018: –
Whole plot: £24.00
Half plot: £12.00
Water Skilling whole: £10.00, half plot: £5.00
WHY JOIN THE BRIDPORT AND DISTRICT ALLOTMENTS SOCIETY?
In 1929/30 Bridport had 533 allotments covering nearly 34 acres; in 1961 it had 150 on just under 10 acres; in 1985 only 99 allotments on 6.5 acres – and that number was further reduced to 81 on just 5.4 acres by 2008. However Bridport Town Council continues to make every effort to recover from this state of affairs and has opened further new allotments at Skilling North, West Allington and Priory Lane giving a total in 2015 of 172.
In this modern age, pressure upon urban open space of any kind is considerable, and allotments, if they are under used are especially vulnerable. The Bridport and District Allotments Society is sponsored by the Town council and exists to protect the interests of current and potential allotment holders.
The Bridport and District Allotments Society is sponsored by the Town council and exists to protect the interests of current and potential allotment holders.
It is open to non-allotment holders, including members of the Bridport and District Gardening Club. The Allotments Society has also arranged discount for members at two local nurseries.
For £2.00 per year, can you afford not to join?