Archive for April, 2010

Allotments on the Telly

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Pete Jackson, the gardening expert on STV’s 5.00pm regular programme ‘The Hour’ will be taking over a patch of land in Glasgow’s Pollock Park and working it as an allotment.  He’ll be growing fruit and vegetables and reporting  his progress week by week on the programme. It’s a challenge he can’t wait to get stuck into. “Anyone who knows me knows I’m really mad about growing my own and enthusiastic about getting people into their own green spaces, which is why I think city allotments are such a great idea,” Pete said.

As well as watching the programme interested gardeners can go along to see the plot for themselves any time the park is open and progress will also be reported on the web site.

If you are proud of your allotment and would like to show it off, BEHIND THE ALLOTMENT GATE is a 5 part 30 minute television programme being made by Sean James Cameron and Interfusion Films.  Sean is looking for UK based contributors to take part in the programme. The show looks at the passion for growing your own food on allotments. If you have an interesting allotment, a good personality, a passion for your plot and wish to take part please contact Sean at sean@interfusion-films.com

It doesn’t matter if your allotment is big, small or untidy – all you need is a passion for your allotment.

Allotment Gardening in Fife goes from Strength to Strength

Monday, April 5th, 2010
Millar Cup at Gateshead Primary

The SAGS Millar Cup is presented to the children of Gateshead Primary School in Fife

Peter Duncan the new allotment officer for Fife has sent us a report detailing how allotment provision is leaping ahead there:  All existing sites have been assessed and works have been identified to allow an improvement program to be established. Work has begun on the Rosebank site in Cowdenbeath in collaboration with the association committee.  New fencing round the site and creation of 25 new plots is underway and toilet provision,meeting room and a storage building are in the pipeline. A community garden is being created within the site.  The site at Kelty is undergoing a clean up, caravan removal etc and all previously untended sites are being cultivated by the council with a view to them being re let.There are quite a few new groups are being formed mostly in the east part of Fife.  Peter is attending their meetings and helping them to set up.

Three planning applications for new allotments sites have been placed at St Monans / Kirkcaldy / Burntisland . To date two of these sites have been turned down not by planning but by elected members. However alternative sites in these areas have been identified and work is on going to bring them forward. There are also proposed new sites in Dunfermline and East Weymss area . The next step for Fife is to set up an allotments forum this will include site reps from existing sites and a rep from all the allotment groups that are looking for land .I feel that this is important that these groups are involved from the start. There is also hope that Elmwood College in Cupar can be involved with education on horticulture through the allotment sites.