Archive for February, 2013

Edinburgh Garden Partners expand their work

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Edinburgh Garden Partners (EGP) match people who want to garden with people who have space to share.
We create connections between people and places through the sharing of land for growing of food, inspiring people to live healthier lives and to take responsibility for each other and the environment.

EGP increase accessibility to gardening, food growing and the environment. The movement of active and engaged gardeners, skilled in growing their own food, makes attractive and productive gardens. This provides opportunities to enjoy gardening and meet people from across communities, improving our natural environment. Through sharing green space people are supported to remain independent in their homes and to enjoy a greener, more vibrant and productive Edinburgh. EGP aim for a city where people across communities will be eating and sharing the food they have grown together and the health and wellbeing benefits that brings.

EGP are just about to move into the next phase of the charity’s work following donations from several Trusts and Foundations. The organisation is now able to recruit two new workers to work across the city, providing both general garden sharing, as well as focused work in areas of multiple deprivation.

Climate Week March 4 – 10

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Climate Week runs from 4-10 March 2013 and showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change it aims to renew the ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.  The Scottish launch of Climate Week takes place on 4th of March at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.  If you want to attend this you can email

As part of Climate Week, The Climate Challenge Fund will be providing application and funding advice from 1pm – 5pm on Friday 8th March at St. Ninians Old Parish Church Hall, Stirling. There is no need to book – simply turn up and you’ll be able to chat directly with a Development Officer.   This event should prove of real interest to any allotment group looking for funding.  There is already a long list of allotment groups who have had projects funded by the CCF.

The advice surgeries, will take place as part of ‘open afternoon’ at the hall which received a CCF grant in 2010. The CCF grant funded the installation and promotion of energy efficiency measures such as insulation, windows and lighting which have reduced carbon footprint and substantially reduced bills, while improving facilities.

Visitors will able to see the hall improvements for themselves as well as interpretative displays which showcase the work completed.

There will be further updates on the CCF website and the facebook group regarding the event. Please email if you have any queries regarding the event.

CERB Consultation Responses: have your say

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

The consultation phase of the Comunity Empowerment and Renewal Bill is over and the responses have been published.  SAGS has been spending time analysing the results, to see how allotments have fared.  So now is a good time to see how your local authority feels about allotments, and to make your views known to your local officials.  To help with this two documents have been prepared extracting relevant bits from the full response documents.

The first document is all the local authority responses to the questions about allotments in the Consultation on the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill. We note that several have not responded to the Consultation and that while some local authorities are very supportive, there are some who do not seem to appreciate the benefits of allotments. The second document extracts the responses to the two questions on allotments, from the analysis of all the responses prepared for the Scottish Government.

Do feel welcome to make your views known.  If you leave  comments here on this site then the SAGS committee can collate them and use them to make the views of allotmenteers known to local authorities as well as to the Scottish Government.

The full documents are on the Scottish Government web site.