We ask all Visitors to the garden to remember that this is a working area and as such they should take care when walking through the grounds and in particular keep a close eye on children.
All Garden Members are required to wear sturdy boots/shoes when they are working in the garden. Runners are not really suitable for muddy conditions and open toed shoes and sandals are not permitted.
Suitable clothing should be worn at all times. Make sure there are no ties, loose lengths of fabrics or strings that could get entangled in tools or machinery. In wet weather waterproof gear is advisable and in summer sunscreen should be worn. Members are asked to bring their own work gloves but we do provide gloves as well, if you need them.
Be careful when lifting any heavy loads. Bend with the knees to ensure pressure does not fall predominantly on your back. If you are unsure of best practice when using any tools or undertaking any tasks a Committee Member is always on hand to advise - when in doubt Don't Do It. Will Boylan is our Health & Safety Officer and the committee would like to thank him for his hard work in pulling the H&S information together.
Please see the attached Health and Safety Statement and Risk Assessment for more detailed information. In particular all members should familiarise themselves with the contents and ensure they adhere to these guidelines at all times. This document will be reviewed and updated (if necessary) at the next AGM.
In the meantime, we would ask all Gardeners to work sensibly and safely.