Our User Policy. Or if you like what you can or cannot do on our site (terms of use)

Firstly - thank you for visiting the Gardeners CHAT-SHED!

A little bit about us

This is the sister site to our main web-site at www.aeronvale-allotments.org.uk. Aeron Vale Allotment Society (AVAS) is a small but very active private association of allotment growers based in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales. The webmaster of this site is also a member of the Aeron Vale Allotment Society and looks after both www.aeronvale-allotments.org.uk and www.gardenerschat-shed.net. Both sites are run on a voluntary basis and are a not for profit or commercial gain project. However, you may occasionally see advertising banners (for sponsors, supporters and suppliers). The revenue from advertising is purely to help with our development and hosting cost overheads.

Whilst our other site is primarily geared to the Aeron Vale Allotment Society members, this site has been designed for use by gardeners, allotmenteers and growers wherever they are world-wide. The principle objective of this site is to build up a thriving on-line gardening community that shares information, tips, skills and friendship through a common interest.

About this web-site

This site is a social network site for gardeners, allotmenteers or anyone else that enjoys growing or just being part of an on-line gardening community. It has been designed to be easy to use with few frills but to be as practical as possible. All members can contribute and everyone is encouraged to help one another to enrich everyone's collective knowledge and experience. The site has also been designed so that every member can customise his/ her content views. So the site is actually a collection of each member's space on it. All members can contribute to blogs, fact-files, photos, videos, groups, individual and group pages. It also has a message board and what we call a *wire* that allows members to tell everyone what they are doing (like Twitter). It also has a Twitter interface so that you can actually broadcast everything you contribute to the wire simultaneously on your Twitter account.

By using our website you agree to be bound by these terms of use, which will take effect immediately after you enter the site. If you do not agree to all these terms of use, then please stop using the site. Please note that we may change these terms at any time by posting changes to these pages, and continued use of this website implies acceptance of any changed terms of use.

Why have an User policy (terms of use)?

Simply put: to protect our members

In order to protect our members and to maintain a level of decency we insist that you conform to our user policy. Failure to do so may result in you being banned as a member.

It is important that a minimum level of decency and decorum is maintained on a site of this kind. It is forbidden to harass or cause distress to any person by using obscene or offensive language or disrupting the normal flow of dialogue between users of the website. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will we allow any content to be uploaded that is not related to the site's core subject matter. Content that has any:

  • adult material (either pornographic/ written or unsuitable for children)
  • profanity
  • swearing
  • political
  • racist
  • sexist
  • bigoted or similar anti social or unsuitable material

 contained in it will be immediately removed from the site and the member responsible will be banned from using the site in future.

We also insist that each member is treated with respect, and under no circumstances will we entertain aggressive behaviour or blatant arguing. No member will be insulted or belittled by another member. If a genuine dispute arises between members then the matter will be arbitrated by the webmaster. The webmaster's decision will be final in all such matters.

If you use the Gardeners Chat-Shed service you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions ('Terms of Use').

Basic Terms

  1. You must be 12 years and older to use this site.
  2. You are responsible for any activity that occurs under your screen name.
  3. You are responsible for keeping your password secure.
  4. You must not abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate other Gardeners Chat-Shed users.
  5. You may not use the Gardeners Chat-Shed service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. International users agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.
  6. You are solely responsible for your conduct and any data, text, information, screen names, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, links ('Content') that you submit, post, and display on the Gardeners Chat-Shed service.
  7. Gardeners Chat-Shed is intended for personal use, not a business solution. Professional or corporate uses of Gardeners Chat-Shed are at your own risk.
  8. You must not modify, adapt or hack Gardeners Chat-Shed or modify another website so as to falsely imply that it is associated with Gardeners Chat-Shed.
  9. You must not create or submit unwanted email to any Gardeners Chat-Shed members ('Spam').
  10. You must not transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.
  11. You must not, in the use of Gardeners Chat-Shed, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws).
  12. Any loss of, or damage to, data is not the responsibility of Gardeners Chat-Shed. Use of this service is at your own risk.

Violation of any of these agreements will result in the termination of your Gardeners Chat-Shed account. While Gardeners Chat-Shed prohibits such conduct and content on its site, you understand and agree that Gardeners Chat-Shed cannot be responsible for the Content posted on its web site and, despite our best efforts, may be exposed to such materials and that you use the Gardeners Chat-Shed service at your own risk.

General Conditions

* We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Gardeners Chat-Shed service for any reason, without notice at any time.

* We reserve the right to alter these Terms of Use at any time. If the alterations constitute a material change to the Terms of Use, we will notify you via an appropriate method. What is a 'material change' is at our discretion

* We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

* We reserve the right to reclaim usernames on behalf of businesses or individuals that hold legal claim or trademark on those usernames.Copyright (What's Yours is Yours)

We claim no intellectual property rights over any material you provide/upload or contribute to the Gardeners Chat-Shed service.

If you have any questions email info'at'gardenerschat-shed.net



Your details

Please note that your log-in details are for your own personal use, so please keep them to yourself and don't share them with anyone else. For more information on how your details are used by the Aeron Vale Allotment Society please read our Privacy Policy document on this site.

You must ensure that:

  1. all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate;
  2. you will maintain the accuracy of such information.


It will be assumed that all material you contribute to the web-site is your own work. If you do upload material that is copyrighted or if you have had permission to use other people's material publicly then you will be expected to provide a label accrediting the work to that person. We will not be responsible for any complaints regarding copyright. Any complaints directed to us will be forwarded to the member concerned.

Site availability

We make every effort to ensure that our site is available and working 24 hours a day. However the site is run by one person (the webmaster) so occasionally there may be a slight delay in responding to any technical difficulties or down-time. We would normally expect the site to be up at least 99% of the time. Occasionally we may need to suspend access temporarily and without notice in the case of maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond our control.


Please ENJOY this site by adhering to our User Policy. It will be assumed that your continued use of our web-site implies acceptance of our terms of use.


Webmaster (www.gardenerschat-shed.net)



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