Archive for August, 2007

Alness and District Allotment Society Formed

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Such was the enthusiasm at the inaugural meeting of the Alness & District Allotments Society that the twelve founding committee members were appointed without any arm twisting. Helen Houston, the development officer for the town said, “ I was delighted that thirty one people attended the meeting and that all 26 allotments have now been allocated and a waiting list started.”

The committee will now start to raise funds to have the site cleared, fenced and sheds erected. To establish the allotments will cost around £40,000 and it is hoped that if all goes to plan the “plotters” will get started in spring 2008. Alan Muir the new President commented, “more people are becoming interested in gardening and growing their own vegetables. This way we know that what our family is eating is wholesome food”.

Signing the Association ConstitutionIn the picture: Alan Muir, President and Harry Hamilton committee member. The two are signing the constitution for the new Society.

Glasgow’s Green Councillors call for more allotment sites

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Glasgow’s Green Councillors welcome the opportunity to celebrate the benefits of allotments during Allotments Week and call for new sites to be established in Glasgow.

These sites could be built with composting facilities, eco-huts and gray water recycling. Besides individual plots, there could be community health plots available with referral from local GPs, disabled access, school plots and community groups.

Councillor Kieran Wild, Canal Ward said: “There is an eight year waiting list for an allotment in the West and North of Glasgow. Many people do not have the opportunity to garden. It is estimated that, on average, twenty people benefit in some way from each plot – besides the gardeners, friends visit, food is shared and surplus produce given to community groups. A new site at Clouston Street, which is easily accessible by bus or underground, would serve the Maryhill area of North Glasgow that does not have a site within walking distance.”

The strategy should contain a description of the benefits of allotment gardening. It could also contain a history of Glasgow’s allotments, background to the current legislation, planning policy, and details of any surveys of allotment holders carried out.

Local residents have been gathering views and evidence has been passed to Glasgow City Council to assist in development of a draft Allotments Strategy. The Strategy should contain a description of the benefits of allotments with an analysis of the current situation, including an assessment of demand for allotments, recommendations relating to the protection of existing allotment sites, both public and private, recommendations for upgrading of the Council’s allotment sites, and recommendations for future development of allotment gardening. It could also contain a history of Glasgow’s allotments, background to the current legislation, planning policy, and details of any surveys of allotment holders carried out.