Ferryhill Town Council currently provides over 350 allotments on 5 different sites around town, four of these sites are self managed by Allotment Associations, namely East End, Paxton Street, Bertha Street and Mainsforth Row Allotment Sites. In addition there are another 7 sites in the town managed by various organisations, locations and details of all these sites are available on request.
Ground clearing can look daunting, but even a full plot is only 250 sq metres (300 sq yards) and if you clear just five of those each week, the job will be done in a year. Covering the land in need of your attention with black plastic sheeting for a growing season, or treating with glyphosate-based weedkiller, will bring the ground into a more workable condition.Treat heavy nettle and bramble infestations with hormone weedkillers, but be aware, these remain active in the soil, so there is a delay before you can begin planting.After clearing the soil destroy all the vegetation, for example by burning (but be sensitive to other allotment holders). Next dig over the soil to a spade's depth, getting rid of weed roots as you go. Rotary cultivators are an option, but beware if there are weeds present, as the blades will chop their roots into small pieces and make the problem worse.