Archive for October, 2011

Good News from Dunlop

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

SAGS is delighted to hear that the Dunlop Allotments Association project has been offered some land on which to develop an allotment site.  East Ayrshire Council has offered a suitable site within the village of Dunlop. A 25 year lease  with the Council will be signed on the 27th October 2011.   At a stroke this will double the number of allotment sites for which the council takes responsibility!

The association is planning to develop about  25 plots and 6 raised beds for use by the older and less able members.

Funding opportunity in Bridge of Earn and Glenfarg

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

New funding will be available from this month from the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. There will be £20,000 a year (increasing in line with inflation) for the next 25 years, available for constituted community groups in the Community Council areas of Bridge of Earn and Glenfarg or those planning a project within those areas. The bottom line for use of the fund will be to benefit these communities. The launch will be held at Bridge of Earn Institute at 2pm on the 29th October. There will also be an event at Glenfarg about noon of the same day.

To be eligible to apply for these funds a community group (such as an allotment association) will need to be ‘not for profit’, to have a constitution and to have a project, or want to carry out an activity, that will benefit residents in the community council areas of Glenfarg and Bridge of Earn.  Grant applications will be accepted from October 2011 and it is expected that the first grants will be made later in the year.
The Scottish Community Foundation will work with the two community councils to launch the fund and recruit a local panel in November/October.  Information on how to participate in this process will be posted by these bodies in the local press, in newsletters and on web sites.

Edible Garden Harvest Festival show

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Prizewinning Produce Making Chutney Admiring Apples

The Edible Gardening Project Harvest Festival was held on the 17th and 18th Sept at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh (RBGE). There were entries to the produce show from five Edinburgh community gardening groups, RBGE volunteers and the edible gardening project. The show was expertly judged by Peter Wright and Andrew Reid, respectively SAGS vice president and treasurer.  629 people attended the event over two days and saw the fantastic display of vegetables all grown in Edinburgh. Hopefully they have gone away inspired as to what could be achieved in their own gardens.  Chutney experts were on hand to explain how to preserve produce. Jane Anderson from SAGS on Saturday and Vicky Ferguson from Trellis and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens on Sunday were extremely busy throughout the day answering questions and handing out their favourite recipes.