Archive for March, 2009

Tern Television wants your help

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Annie at Tern TV, makers of Beechgrove garden writes:

Allotment Survey
On the Beechgrove Garden programme we are trying to create a picture of what is going on in the allotment scene in Scotland.
Please tell us.
The name of your allotments or your association.
How many allotments are there?
How much does it cost to have one?
How many people are on your waiting list?
How long do they have to wait to get an allotment?
Have you had  waiting lists before or are they a new thing?
Who is applying for allotments: for example women, families, groups etc?
Who is using the allotments? Can you say roughly the percentage of men,  women, young people, families, retired people? Is this changing? 
What are people growing? Can you give us some examples of changes in what people grow?
If you can answer these questions for your allotment site please email your replies to Annie at <>

Hamilton Hill urgently need volunteer helpers

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Hamilton Hill Allotment Association in Glasgow are launching the Hamilton Hill Regeneration Project (HARP) on Saturday, April 11th.  Their aim is to develop the butterfly garden and the community garden for the enjoyment of local people and visitors and to make the site a welcome home for wildlife.  To celebrate the launch they are holding an open day and coffee morning (see the Event Calendar for full details of this).
They urgently need volunteers to help ‘spring clean’ the site in preparation for this event.  They ask that anyone with spare time come along on any of Saturday 21st March, 28 March, 4 April.  The working groups will meet at 2.00pm by the top gate in Ellesmere Street ( opposite Caldarvan Street ). Anyone able to come at one of these times to help should email to let the organisers know.

Britain’s Best Dish from Your Allotment?

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The ITV program Britain’s Best Dish 2009 is currently looking for contestants to audition. Christina Chung who is coordinating the show says:

“We are looking for ordinary people (i.e. people who aren’t head chefs with years of experience behind them) to cook their signature dishes and enter them into the mix. The overall winner receives the ultimate accolade of ‘Britain’s Best Dish’ and receives a £10,000 cash prize.

The show features a strong emphasis on local ingredients and because of this, each year we find that producers and those more closely involved with the food industry put in a particularly strong showing amongst candidates. We find that this is particularly the case with allotment owners and smallholders.The first season of the show was in fact won by smallholder John Kenny with his slow roasted belly of pork. The resulting publicity saw his business rapidly expand into a much larger and more profitable enterprise.”

The first stage of the show involves auditions all round the country in which amateur chefs face a panel of judges and pitch their dish to them, hoping to get through to the next round which involves cooking in the studio. If any SAGS members want more information they should contact Christina, either on her direct line 0207 157 4601 or by email

It would be wonderful if  SAGS members got on the program and shared their recipes with all of us!