Archive for May, 2009

Annual Conference and AGM on 20th June

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

SAGS is holding its annual conference and AGM on Saturday June 20 at the Victorial Halls in Dunblane (its usual location: conveniently opposite the railway station!) The conference begins at 10.15am.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “Sustainable Allotments in the 21st Century”. Following the format of the very successful conference in June 2008, the morning will be devoted to presentations on strategic issues. It will be introduced by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for the Environment. In the afternoon there will be reports from allotment associations and also groups across Scotland attempting to form allotment associations. These will be followed by a variety of workshops.

The conference will be of interest to local authority officers and other professionals with responsibility for managing or developing allotments as well as committee members of allotment associations and individual plot-holders. The conference programme is available for download at

A light lunch will be available at around 12.30. Although the conference itself is free, donations will be requested to cover the cost of the lunch. For logistic and catering reasons it would be helpful if people wanting to attend would complete the booking form and return it to the SAGS secretary

Fife Allotment Strategy Approved

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A new Allotments Strategy for Fife was approved by members of Fife Council’s Housing & Communities Committe at their meeting on Tuesday 28th April.

The popularity of and demand for allotments has increased markedly in recent years. The strategy sets out a clear direction for the future management and development of allotments in Fife. One of the key recommendations is the establishment of an Allotments Officer to help lead this work and to support local groups in developing existing or new allotment sites. Fife has also earmarked capital funding of around £100K each year to support this work.  For more information see the Fife web site

SAGS against Climate Change

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Climate change Man Jenny Mollison stuck in this little paper person on behalf of SAGS when she went on the Stop Climate Chaos rally at Holyrood on April 28