Archive for December, 2009

SAGS goes to Holyrood

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
SAGS members at Holyrood A group of SAGS members looking cheerful after attending the debate on Jim Tolson’s motion in praise of gardening. During the debate the role of allotments in enhancing physical, mental and social health and also reducing carbon footprint – and so alleviating climate change was recognised and SAGS was commended for its work in supporting,  encouraging and renewing the provision of allotments.For a full report on the debate see http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-09/sor1217-02.htm#Col22327 .

Allotments get Climate Challenge Money

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Two allotment groups and one horticultural cooperative have received awards from the Climate Challenge Fund.  These will enable them to carry out specific projects to increase the amount and variety of locally grown food.

Woodend Arts Association, which is responsible for Woodend Allotments, has received £7,900.  This will enable them to create a further 45 allotment gardens which are needed to respond to the extraordinary demand that has been generated since the original allotments were opened in 2007.

Alness and District Allotment Association has received £5,975 to install a polytunnel and a composting system.  The polytunnel will extend the growing season and allow a wider variety of fruit and vegetables to be grown.  The composting system is expected to enable the entire site to become self sufficient in compost.

The largest grant – of £39,720 – has gone to Lewis and Harris Horticultural Producers.  This is a cooperative association of growers on Lewis and Harris who grow their own food, but also market their produce in Stornoway and Tarbert. The grant supports their Growing Carbon Reduction Project, with which the islands of Lewis and Harris aim to tackle climate change.  This innovative project will provide education, motivation and encouragement to new and existing growers as well as developing a sustainable horticultural legacy for future island generations.

New Site Opened in Glenrothes

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Glenrothes Site Opening A new 9 plot allotment site was opened on Thursday December 3 at Mac Duff Road, Auchmuty in Glenrothes.  This former allotment site had become a grass field and the project to regenerate it back to allotments was started in January 2009.  The project was coordinated by the Fife Community Food Project team and involved a range of partners including Fife Housing Association, Fife Council and Elmwood College.  Funding from the project came from the Scottish Government, Fife Council and the Fife Community Food Project. The picture shows new plotholders being welcomed by Rob Milne of Fife Housing Association which also provided funding for the project.  Local councillor Ross Vettraino is also in the picture. He expressed his delight at the opening and commented that the project was yet another initiative supporting Fife’s objective of being the leading Green council in Scotland. The site will be managed in partnership between Fife Council Community Services and the plot holders.