As there was no provision for allotment gardening in the council area, Falkirk Allotment Society (FAS) was set up three years ago to lobby Falkirk Council and any other local landowners to identify possible sites suitable for allotments. On Friday 3 September, the town’s first site was formally handed over to FAS. Situated in beautiful parkland on the south side of the town, the allotments are sited in the walled garden of the long-demolished mansion of Bantaskine. The garden had been in cultivation by the council’s Parks Department but has lain unused for more than twenty years. The old garden will now generate eighteen plots of various sizes.
Accepting the site from Councillor Adrian Mahoney, convener of Leisure, Tourism and Community, Hilary Muir, Chair of Falkirk Allotment Society said, “We are excited to have allotments at last and there is great enthusiasm among the lucky plotholders at Bantaskine. However we have a waiting list of over 80 members and hope we can work with Falkirk Council to find more sites throughout the council area.”