DASHWOODS COFFEE SHOP
now open in
This will be a special service where the Bishop of Dorchester will bless the bells in Shipton. This will be followed by refreshments. This is a chance to celebrate the return of the bells and to thank all those who have helped make it possible.
Gigaclear will be installing superfast broadband in Shipton this summer. Their current aim is to start in May and finish in October.
This will inevitably result in disruption and road closures through the village.
If you have any concerns/questions before the work starts, please contact Louise Appleton, the Community Engagement Manager on:
Once the work has started, please contact the Network Build Care Team on:
Louise Appleton will be attending the Annual Parish Meeting on 18th April to give a short presentation and answer questions. Details on the meeting to follow.
Logs Available, ideal for storing for next winter!
We have split logs available from the recent tree work in the Wild Garden. The logs are mixed wood and have been freshly cut and split. We can deliver locally in the Wychwoods villages. A trailer load contains about 150/200 logs.
Please leave a voice message on 0845 8056804 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, address and contact number and we will contact you to arrange a delivery or collection.
If you live outside our delivery area, then we can organise a time for you to pick up a load using your own transport.
Suggested donation, £45 a load, all funds to the Wild Garden.
Is it Time to Grow your Own?
In the next month or two, Shipton allotments on Fiddlers Hill will undergo an extensive clear-up.
To benefit from this work, now is the time to apply for an allotment. We will allocate the cleared ones on a first come first served basis. So if you fancy growing your own this season please contact the clerk for more information.
Allotments cost just £20 per year, or £10 for half a plot. You don’t have to live in Shipton to rent an allotment here.
Know nothing about keeping allotments? Read the beginners guide to allotments, published in the News section of this website. Everyone has to start somewhere!
Keeping an allotment can be a very rewarding pastime. There are many benefits, including physical exercise, mental well being, healthy eating, social interaction and family bonding. But it can also prove hard work and a little demoralising at times if plots are not kept under control.
Keeping an allotment is a commitment.
TV programmes are very good at making it look easy, they usually show loose easily-dug soil in their demonstrations. However, if you’ve just been allocated an allotment the chances are you’ve inherited a disused plot which will require a lot of hard work to clear well-established weeds and to break the ground. If this is the case, it’s important to establish control of your plot as quickly as you can and there’s no shame in seeking help from family and friends to assist with this initial challenge.
Whilst it’s not always possible to allocate a lot of your time to your allotment garden, gaining control of your plot quickly will pay dividends in the long run. However, be careful not to fall into the trap that so many new allotmenteers fall into. Having worked so hard to clear your plot, resist the temptation to take a break and leave it a few weeks before returning. Those that do, invariably return to a weed-infested plot and find themselves back at square one. After the initial purge, “little and often” is the key to enjoyable and successful allotment gardening
Essential equipment is a good spade, fork, hoe and rake. The purchase or loan of a garden Rotovator may prove a great help.
If you haven’t inherited a shed you may want to acquire one, and if you do, the addition of some guttering and a water butt could prove very useful.
Many experienced gardeners will argue strenuously that no allotment is complete without a compost bin or heap of some kind. Not only do they give you somewhere to dispose of your weeds, they provide valuable compost free of charge. Some traditionalists say you should always have two compost bins, one to dump the current seasons’ waste and another to draw compost from the previous seasons’ waste. There are several “tricks of the trade” to help produce good quality compost, including covering, watering and turning the heap. Don’t forget worms are very beneficial and will help produce good quality compost. Avoid putting perennial weeds on the heap as they will usually survive and re-grow. Perennial weeds and their roots should be burned or disposed of through other means.
When choosing and planting your crops, consider the size of the mature specimen and pay particular attention to the planting distances recommended on the seed packets, leaflets and guides. It’s very common for new enthusiastic gardeners to plant too closely together and thus deny the crops the space they need to develop properly. Over-crowding also encourages pests and diseases.
Don’t plant the same crop on the same piece of ground year after year. Rotation of crops is an important aspect of allotment management.
Another pitfall to be aware of is the incorrect sowing of seeds. A common mistake with inexperience gardeners is to sow seeds too deeply – effectively burying them rather than sowing them and hence they fail to germinate, much to the dismay of the gardener. Again, follow the advice on the seed packets. As a golden rule, the smaller the seed the closer to the surface it needs to be.
Finally, make sure you’ve got a seat of some kind. Sit back and take the weight off your feet, survey your kingdom, bask in the fruits of your labour, listen to the birds singing, breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun on your skin and experience a wonderful sense of well-being.
Keeping an allotment can be the most rewarding experience. Enjoy!
If you are struggling with a problem or need impartial advice, Citizens Advice are on hand to help every Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm. We can help with debt, benefits, employment, relationship, housing advice and so much more.
Tracy Clark has five years of experience in supporting Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire clients. She loves to be able to help people facing problems and give clients options for the best way forward.
Please book your Friday appointment with Wychwood Surgery on 01993 831061.
Tracy Clark, from Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire is at Wychwood Surgery every Friday morning.
We’re here for everyone. We provide free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems.
We work to fix the underlying causes of these problems. We are a voice for people on the issues that matter to them.
www.caox.org.uk @CitizensAdviceWestOxon @CAwestoxon
Charity Registration No 1092539
On 18th November, thieves using bolt cutters broke into the container at the Wild Gardens and took lots of tools. The police have been informed.
Please be vigilant especially around sheds and garages.