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COVID-19 and Tayport Community Garden: staying connected online

By 30th March 2020One Comment

Tayport Community Garden

COVID-19 has brought very challenging and worrying times for everyone. It is so important that we all look after each other and take Government advice on staying well ourselves and preventing the spread of the virus to others.

With sadness, PLANT took the decision to close Tayport Community Garden on Monday shortly before the lockdown was announced. Government guidelines followed, allowing allotment holders to carry on maintaining their plots, as long as they stay 2 or more meters apart.

However, a community garden is different from a series of individual allotments. It has lots of shared facilities and enclosed indoor spaces, like the sheds and the polytunnel as well as shared tools. These pose a real risk of passing on the virus, which can persist on a surface like wood for up to 4 days. The Government rules say that all communal spaces within outdoor facilities must be closed. This includes our polytunnel. Some limited outdoor gardening might be possible, with 1-2 volunteers working to strict rules.

The PLANT Committee met online on Thursday, 26th of March. Given the very uncertain situation at present, we decided that the whole Garden must stay completely closed to all staff and volunteers for the next fortnight. The Committee will meet again then and review the situation. We will keep you posted.

All the very best to everyone! Stay well and come up with creative ways to use all this extra time. Why not try growing food at home – even if you only have space for a window box or a planter. There is nothing like the flavor of crops that you have grown yourself. It might just become a passion for the future! Watch our online spaces for advice and support on growing at home.

Here is a link to an archive of Peter’s vlogs which you may find helpful at this time of year:

Don’t have a garden or pots? Kaska’s got a few tips for growing in a flat in upcycled food packaging.

We are working on getting some more lockdown gardening advice to you – please ping us your questions and growing tips on Facebook or via email:

For those of you who need or are able to offer help in our community during this challenging time here are a couple of links to relevant resources:

Warmest wishes from all at PLANT. Stay safe.



People Learning About Nature in Tayport (PLANT) is a Tayport Community Trust subgroup which works to achieve TCT’s overall aim of promoting a vibrant and sustainable community, with improved quality of life, specifically through projects involving growing food and flowers, while enhancing Tayport’s natural environment. A key aim is to establish a community garden. Tayport Community Trust, Registered Charity No. SCO42558, Company No. SC350253, Registered Office: 10 Broad Street Tayport DD6 9AJ

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