Archive for August, 2009

Would you like to Grow Your Own fruit and veg in Leith?

Monday, August 24th, 2009
As part of their ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign, Edinburgh Community Backgreens  Association in partnership with Edinburgh City Council are offering an opportunity to manage your own mini allotment, as well as learn how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in Leith.Despite the time of year, it is never too late to start growing something, nor too late to learn what you need to do to begin growing your own local, fresh and naturally produced food.

New Community Allotment

An area of unused Council property near Dickson Street, Leith, has been identified as a potential community allotment site.   The plots at the site will be much smaller than at conventional allotment sites, but it is hoped that they will provide an opportunity to grow, for those on the Council waiting list for a larger plot, or those who may have limited time and energy and would prefer a smaller plot.

Probably the site can be developed with up to 40 raised beds, each measuring 1.2m x 2.4m (4’ x 8’), that can grow a useful quantity of valuable fresh salads, soft fruit and more. ECBA are inviting folks interested in the opportunity of managing one or more of these beds.

To kick things off, a weekly Grow Your Own course will be run at the site over a six week period from early September.  If you feel you could benefit from a course specifically aimed at growing your own food close to home, ECBA would be pleased to hear from you. The course is free, but places are limited to 15, so please call early to register your interest. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is  healthy, mentally and physically, deeply satisfying and helps reduce your food-miles!


ECBA will also give away a free raised bed to each person who takes part in the course!

To find out more or to register your interest contact:-Peter Upton, Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association.  0131 243 2698, peter.upton@ecba.org.uk

www.ecba.org.uk

Possible Allotments in Kirkudbright

Monday, August 10th, 2009

SAGS has just learned that at its December 2008 meeting the Kirkudbright Community Council agreed to determine the demand for allotments in the area (see http://rpu.dumgal.gov.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/committee_reports/019301.pdf).  There are some former allotments in the middle of a housing development with the land currently over run by Japanese knot weed. It is likely that, if the land was to be returned to its former purpose, grants would be available from SNH to kill the knotweed and then decontaminate the land.

SAGS would urge anyone living in the area who is interested in working an allotment to contact the community council and register their interest.  The community council is obviously hoping that interested people will form an allotment association and help to progress this project.

Climate Change Act for Scotland

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act became law on August 4th.  (See http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/climatechange/scotlands-action/climatechangeact) This law sets a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  Part 6 of the bill emphasises ‘Public Engagement’ i.e. the government must identify actions that individuals can take to reduce their own emissions and must encourage and facilitate these actions. (See http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/climatechange/scotlands-action/climatechangeact/engagement).  To help with this they have created the Go Greener Campaign website which explains how they see individuals helping to meet the targets.
Members of SAGS believe that growing as much as possible of your own fruit and vegetables reduces the miles food travels and the miles you travel to buy it compared to buying everything at your local supermarket, and s reduces your carbon footprint. Yet the Grow Greener campaign makes little or no mention of gardening or allotments or ‘grow your own’.  We’d like to ask everyone who agrees with us to email the Grow Greener campaign organisation (address is sustainable.development@scotland.gsi.gov.uk) and ask them to include growing your own food, and getting land on which to do this as a central part of their advice.