Archive for April, 2012

Scientists need help to probe ‘Cabbage Benefits’

Monday, April 16th, 2012

University of Aberdeen scientists at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health are probing the benefits of cabbage and kale. They want to investigate whether eating these vegetables can help fight diseases such as cancer.

Dr Wendy Russell, who is leading the project, said volunteers would eat kale, white and red cabbage.  They are seeking healthy non-smokers from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire aged 18 to 55.
Anyone interested in taking part in the study can get in touch via 01224 738785 or

Help needed for allotment design guide.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

SAGS members are writing a design guide to help groups developing new allotment sites.  We would love to get help from our existing members.  We would like you to tell us what you have on your site that: works brilliantly, is a good idea but not essential, has turned out to be not so wonderful after all.

    The particular features we would really like information about are:

    • Communal plots: for schools, community groups, therapeutic groups
    • Children’s areas:  Play areas, growing spaces.
    • Community huts: Uses, lighting heating e.g.  electricity, solar power
    • Communal areas:  communal composting, recycling and bonfire.
    • Communal facilities:  green houses, poly tunnels, tool store see above.
    • Toilets: composting, any problems?   Other type?

    However if your site has any other feature that you feel works really well/is a disaster then we would be delighted to hear from you.

    email  the SAGS secretary: