Archive for February, 2011

Grow Your Own Working Group Report sent to Minister Roseanna Cunningham February 14

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This Report was sent to the Minister Roseanna Cunningham on February 14th and we hope that she will endorse the recommendations. The Working Group was set up  to take forward that part of the Scottish Government’s Food and Drink Policy relating to growing your own food.

* Ensure that allotments and “grow your own” projects are strategically supported.

* Produce practical advice and best practice guidance that will appeal to public bodies, communities and individuals to help them develop local “grow your own” initiative

Three SAGS committee members are on the Working Group and trust that in the next year all the recommendations will be implemented. If you agree with these aims we would like you to disseminate the Report across your network and ask support for actions to further the Grow Your Own movement in Scotland. Please send any comments/suggestions on the Report to the SAGS members on the Working Group – Jenny Mollison (, Judy Wilkinson ( and Peter Wright (

New Allotment Site for Nairn

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Funding of £39,000 has been secured to provide a new community allotment site in the centre of Nairn at Mill Road beside the River Nairn.  Matched funding has been provided by The Highland Leader 2007-2013 Programme which is part of the wider Scottish Rural Development Programme, The Highland Council’s Nairn Discretionary Fund and the Nairn Allotment Society.

Work will commence on the site as soon as possible to clear scrub, rough tussock grassland and root systems. Soil will be cultivated to create a manageable and plantable medium. A network of paths will be formed to give access to plots and all facilities. These will include a wetland area and other environmental areas planted with attractive shrubs and bulbs.
The site will be managed by the Nairn Allotment Society on a 21 year lease from The Highland Council. The Society maintains the Statutory Tenants’ List and Waiting List for plots. Work to form the site will be completed by the end of March, and plots have already been allocated to those on the Waiting List for planting at the beginning of the 2011 growing season.

Wanted: Allotmenting Cooks

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

ITV’s celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo is looking for cooks with fantastic family recipes and would be particularly interested in cooks growing their own produce on the allotment.
If you’ve got a fantastic recipe that’s been passed down through your family for generations, family favourites that have been enjoyed for decades, then Gino wants to hear from you …

There’s No Taste Like Home*, ITV’s brand new cookery show gives talented home cooks the chance to showcase their very own family recipes in a local restaurant. The winning dish will have the honour of staying on the restaurant’s menu for an entire month.

If you think your dish has what it takes do email the programme producers now at

you can also call 090 11 11 33 77 BUT BEWARE this is a premium rate number and you will be paying premium rate phone charges.