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Growing on Contaminated Land

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Every grower, in an allotment or a garden, would  like to work with a clean fertile greenfield site.  Sadly in an urban situation this is not always possible.  Much development takes place on brownfield sites, possibly used previously in some industrial context that has left a potential legacy of contamination.  The Grow Your Own Working Group established and supported by the Scottish Government has recently produced a booklet that discusses this problem. It

  • details the problems that can be caused by contamination .
  • tells you how to find out whether, and with what, your land is contaminated.
  • lays out practical solutions that will enable you to get growing safely in spite of the contamination
  • gives case studies of real examples where growers have overcome contamination problems

The Guide for Growing on Contaminated land can be downloaded for free here as a pdf document which can be printed or stored on your computer.

Good News at Killandean Allotments Association

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Work has started on the land in Kirkton Campus leased  by Killandean Allotments Association from West Lothian Council.  It is envisaged that plots will be ready for renting by mid August.  This will be the first new allotment site opened in Livingston for 30 years.  The project will create 35 allotment plots and a community garden, thereby more than doubling the number of allotment plots available in Livingston.

The cost of initial site investigations and planning were covered by West Lothian council.  The actual creation of the allotment site including fencing, paths, sheds, community facilities, rainwater harvesting equipment and composting facilities has been made possible by a £100,000 grant from the Climate Challenge Fund

The Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society greatly welcomes the opening of the new site at Killingdon and the opportunities this will give to Livingston residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.  We wish them every success and hope that it will encourage other residents in West Lothian to seek to have an allotment and ‘grow their own’.

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Allotments go from strength to strength in Nairn

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Dick Youngson of the Nairn Allotments Society tells us that Highland Council have agreed to lease another 0.9 hectares of agricultural Common Good Land adjacent to the Society’s original allotment site.  This will give them an additional 37 plots (200 m2 and 100 m2), and, if you add last year’s Mill Road Site (30 plots) there will be a total of 100 plots in Nairn.
The Scottish Garden Scheme (SGS) have invited the Society to open Mill Road to the public – it is a very attactive site – it will be open Sunday 22 July 2013 at 1200 – 1600 hours, with teas and cakes + stalls.  Watch out for advertisements nearer the time.

Allotments to open soon at Forgewood

Monday, July 9th, 2012
The Greenlink Project is based around a cycle path linking Strathclyde Park and Motherwell Town Centre.  In 2009 Greenlink received funding to start to develop allotments on a site in Forgewood next to the cycle path.  This site is now nearly complete and will be opened shortly.The site has 39 plots for individual plot holders and also a number of plots reserved for community groups and school groups.  There is also a play area for children and a wildlife garden attached to the site.

The 39 plots are currently all taken.  However the allotment association is opening a waiting list and anyone who is interested can look at the Greenlink Allotment Project web site to see how to join the waiting list.

New allotments open in Nairn

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

On 14 June Nairn Allotment Society formally opened its new 40 plot site at Sandown.  The opening was performed by the Provost of Nairn, played in by a piper.  There are now 100 plots in Nairn, a third of all the plots in the Highland region.

On 22 July the Mill Road Site will be opened to the public under the auspices of  Scotland’s Garden Scheme.  At the same time the new site at Sandown will also be open.

Kirkaldy gets new allotments

Friday, February 17th, 2012

At last there is good news!  Two new community gardens and allotment sites have just opened in Kirkcaldy with a third, smaller site due at the end of March.  One site is at Glamis Road with 21 plots and the other is Ravenscraig Walled Garden with 44 plots. Fife Council are currently managing the Glamis Rd site while the Kirkcaldy Community Gardens & Allotments CIC (KCGA CIC), (formerly Kirkcaldy Allotments Group) manage Ravenscraig.

The Allotments Group finally decided to become a Community Interest Company, non profit making with a large number of members each with £1 liability should the group fold at some time in the future.  They now lease the land from Fife Council and are responsible for developing the 7 acre site with allotments, community garden, community orchard and various other areas still to be decided upon. The plots are now being allocated much to the delight of all concerned.

New Allotment Site for Nairn

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Funding of £39,000 has been secured to provide a new community allotment site in the centre of Nairn at Mill Road beside the River Nairn.  Matched funding has been provided by The Highland Leader 2007-2013 Programme which is part of the wider Scottish Rural Development Programme, The Highland Council’s Nairn Discretionary Fund and the Nairn Allotment Society.

Work will commence on the site as soon as possible to clear scrub, rough tussock grassland and root systems. Soil will be cultivated to create a manageable and plantable medium. A network of paths will be formed to give access to plots and all facilities. These will include a wetland area and other environmental areas planted with attractive shrubs and bulbs.
The site will be managed by the Nairn Allotment Society on a 21 year lease from The Highland Council. The Society maintains the Statutory Tenants’ List and Waiting List for plots. Work to form the site will be completed by the end of March, and plots have already been allocated to those on the Waiting List for planting at the beginning of the 2011 growing season.

Linlithgow allotments given the green light by council planners

Monday, January 31st, 2011
linlithgow allotment site Linlithgow and District Allotment Society (LADAS) have secured planning permission for Community Growing Plots on private land between Linlithgow and Philpstoun. Chris and Lesley Nock, who run Oakwell Children’s Nursery, have agreed to lease a field to LADAS for use by members. The land measures 1.15 hectares and up to 76 100m2 plots could be created.Kirsty Leonard, chair-woman of LADAS, said: “The field is in a very scenic position between the Union Canal and the road that runs from the Park Bistro bridge to Philpstoun and it has previously been farmed for arable crops.  There are plans to run the site in an environmentally friendly way with plantings of native shrubs and wild flowers to encourage birds, insect pollinators and other wildlife. There will be a communal hut where community events will be held with talks,demonstrations,produce competitions and barbecues being considered.”

There will be a chance to view the site on Saturday, February 5, from 2.30pm in the Oakwell Nursery where site plans will be displayed and committee members available to answer questions. Prices for the plots will also be discussed.  Non-members are welcome to come and see if they might like to join LADAS and take a plot for the coming season. The group are also looking for people to join the committee setting up the new project.

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Allotments to be created at Traquair House

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Green-fingered locals are being given the chance to grow their own at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders.
Traquair House Charitable Trust is to make available an acre of ground in the old walled garden for a community garden/allotment scheme.  The area of ground which has currently been uncultivated for over 40 years was originally part of the market garden at Traquair House.  It is envisaged that there will eventually be around six to eight allotments for members of the local community as well as a community or forest garden area.  Lady Catherine Maxwell Stuart said “there will  be a certain amount of work to undertake to prepare the ground and we would like to hear from any local residents who would be willing to form a group to look at ways of progressing the project and would be interested in having an allotment themselves”.  For those interested in getting involved with this Traquair project, please contact or telephone the Traquair Office on 01896 830 323


Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

As there was no provision for allotment gardening in the council area, Falkirk Allotment Society (FAS) was set up three years ago to lobby Falkirk Council and any other local landowners to identify possible sites suitable for allotments.  On Friday 3 September, the town’s first site was formally handed over to FAS.  Situated in beautiful parkland on the south side of the town, the allotments are sited in the walled garden of the long-demolished mansion of Bantaskine.  The garden had been in cultivation by the council’s Parks Department but has lain unused for more than twenty years.  The old garden will now generate eighteen plots of various sizes.

Accepting the site from Councillor Adrian Mahoney, convener of Leisure, Tourism and Community,  Hilary Muir, Chair of Falkirk Allotment Society said,  “We are excited to have allotments at last and there is great enthusiasm among the lucky plotholders at Bantaskine.  However we have a waiting list of over 80 members and hope we can work with Falkirk Council to find more sites throughout the council area.”