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Tending an allotment is one of the most rewarding (and calming) hobbies there is. But, no matter how relaxing you find it, it’s still best to exercise plenty of caution while you’re pottering around your plot – especially when you’re working with electrical equipment.   Every year, 300,000 people require a trip to the hospital after injuring themselves while working in their allotment or garden, and many of the more severe injuries are caused by electricity. In fact, a third of all gardeners say that they’ve had an electrical-related accident while working outdoors. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips you can follow to try and make sure you’re not one of them!  Make sure you have RCDs (Residual Current Devices) fitted An RCD prevent fires and shocks by immediately cutting off electricity supply if there’s a fault. Say for example you cut through your mower or hedge...
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Having just read the following link, I was wondering what pests you have on your allotment? http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Deer-need-tranquillised-say-Coulsdon-allotment/story-17466517-detail/story.html   My allotment is inundated with aphids and slugs, but what else do you suffer from? A local ruling bans dogs on our site, but nobody considers them pests, pets really. And by the amount of treats they get at the regular barbecues, I think they’re more popular than the rule itself. At certain times of the year we also suffer from a plague of…. Children. Obviously mine are incredibly well behaved, but when several different varieties of this species join together, all hell breaks loose. I personally love having kids on the plot, learning about growing fruit and veg, or recycling, but when my moment of peace and tranquillity away from modern life is shattered, by shouting screaming kids, I surely can’t be alone in wondering how to eradicate this pest. Backing...
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