HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES for allotment users:

• DO NOT DRINK the water from the tanks or standpipes.


• WEAR GLOVES when handling soil, compost, fertiliser or pesticides. Wear thin latex/latex-free gloves for delicate work.


• DO NOT open compost or potting media bags with your head right over it.


• FOLD OVER the top of compost bags when not in use.


• AVOID POTTING-UP in confined spaces.


• MOISTEN DRY potting media before use. Also dampen down dry compost heaps before turning or use.


• CONSIDER WEARING a dust mask when turning compost heaps and handling potting media or other dusty materials.


• AVOID STORING potting media in greenhouses as these will heat up and may encourage Legionella.

• EMPTY THE WATER out of garden hoses after use and do not leave full hoses in the sun after use.


• AVOID SPLASHINGg water around when watering pots.


• WEAR GLOVES and keep arms covered when pruning plants that can cause irritations; e.g. ivy (Hedera), Fremontodendron, Euphorbia or rue (Ruta).


• ONLY SHRED woody prunings in an open, well-ventilated area.


• ENSURE TETANUS jabs are up to date. Otherwise, see your local GP for a tetanus vaccination if you have cut yourself on a plant or got soil or manure in an open wound.


• DISCOURAGE RATS by securing rubbish in bins and not putting cooked food on the compost heap.


• RAT-PROOF compost bins with wire mesh if necessary. To reduce the risks from salmonella avoid using rat-infested compost on edible crops, especially those not cooked before consumption.

• PROTECT YOURSELF from water-borne diseases such as Weil’s disease by wearing waterproof gloves, clothing and boots when clearing out ponds.

• ALWAYS WASH your hands after gardening and especially before eating.


• KEEP a HAND STERILISING GEL down in the potting shed if clean water is not available.


• CHILDREN should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult and supervised on site.


• STAY SAFE EVERYONE.