Archive for September, 2006

Scottish Allotment Audit gets under way with SNH grant

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

SAGS has received grants totalling over £12000 to carry out an audit of allotments in Scotland. At the moment there is no central source of data and many local authorities are not aware of all the allotment sites within their area. This means that it can be extremely hard for would be allotment gardeners to find an allotment plot and it is also very difficult for a local authority to determine whether there is unsatisfied demand for allotments.

By the end of the audit SAGS hopes to have located every existing allotment site, and to record information regarding the geographical location, area, number of plots, contact details and facilities. SAGS also hopes to write case studies of allotment sites with interesting projects, like involvement with local schools or disabled groups, as examples of good practice. All this information will be made publicly available on the web site and in local libraries and community centres.

About 2/3 of the funding has come from Scottish Natural Heritage and the information gathered by SAGS will be complementary to the audit of all green space in Scottish urban areas which SNH is currently undertaking. The remaining funding has come from a charitable trust. A professional consultant has been appointed to lead the work, but much of the basic labour will be carried out by volunteers from the SAGS membership.

We need as much help as possible from the allotment and gardening community around Scotland to locate allotments so if you know about an allotment site, particularly one outside the major conurbations of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen please complete our online form. Your information will then help us to plan our further work to produce a database and map of sites and to identify examples of sites contributing to biodiversity and to wider community benefits.

News From the Dundee Allotment Federation

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Murrayfield Allotments

Murrayfield allotments have started more composting on site and selling of scrap metal. This cuts down on the number of skips required as well as raising funds.

Talks

Dundee Fed from time to time organise talks for all gardeners in the city and recently held a talk by Bob Bremner on preparing veg for a show , unfortunately the speaker on showing flowers fell ill at the last moment and we had to rely on G Robbie to fill in, both talks attracted around 20 people and were well received. Our next talk is on October 18th with Michael Laird talking on storing veg, tubers and corms over winter.
Michael is the gardener at Broughty Ferry rock gardens run by the council and worth a visit if your passing through and its free.

Shows

Dundee goes show daft at this time of year with a show every weekend from middle August to 1st weekend in October. Some are confined to an allotment site and others are open to all. Our own Fed show is on 17th September, primary purpose is to provide a stepping stone from allotment shows to Dundee Flower Show.

Dundee Flower Show is a primary fundraiser in the Fed calendar with setting up stalls and displays. Flower displays in two entries raised £70 and sale on plants etc from our information stand raised over £200, as well as raising awareness of allotments.

Sorry forgot to add fed won Gold medal for information stand (best ever result), 3rd in 6 foot by 4 foot display of cut flowers, my own allotment association second in display of veg 4 foot by 3 foot, also did vegetable garden for Dundee countryside rangers in childrens tent of 3 metres by 2 metres, most were staged on the Thursday /Friday. Thank heavens Dundee allows staging through the night as I just had time to go home , shower and change and into the office for 8.30am. Unfortunately only had time to stage one plate of tatties for myself but got the red card so happy.