The NEW allotment rules arrived in the post the other day. There has been much debate about them as our local council was proposing to ban bonfires entirely. Thankfully they have agreed to allow plotholders to have bonfires between October 1 and March 31. “Always have a hot, quick fire,” say the accompanying guidelines. “Only burn on your own plot, do not light fires for others.” The rules also make it clear that we cannot “keep any animals, bees or livestock of any kind” without written consent. I hope this does not apply to the one bee that occasionally lives in my bee box.