Archive for September, 2010

AN OLD GARDEN COMES TO LIFE

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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.”

SAGS gets Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

SAGS has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce materials on  ‘ The Heritage of Community Growing in Glasgow’ – an inter-generational project for Glasgow plot-holders to record the stories of people, the history  of the sites and associations and the changing patterns of cultivation.

We are looking for volunteers interested in finding out about the history of Glasgow’s allotments. We need people who like to sit in libraries to trawl the archives in the Mitchell library – a great way to keep warm in winter!  We also need people who like talking to other people to record the stories of past and present plot holders. If you would like to get involved or need more information download the flyer at http:www.sags.org.uk/docs/HLFproject.pdf