Archive for May, 2013

Events at Gardening Scotland

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Gardening Scotland 2013 opens at Ingliston, Edinburgh on Friday 31st May and continues until 2nd June.  For this weekend it will be the place to buy plants, find inspiration for your own gardening efforts and get help and information from experts.  The show is a great day out  with show gardens, the opportunity to meet celebrity gardeners and to try foodie treats.

Scottish Allotments have a stall (no 199) in the Living Garden area.  Here you can meet SAGS activists and  get advice on managing your own allotment, or how to find an allotment if you do not already have one.

Gardening Scotland 2013 - SEER Rockdust - WORKSHOPS Gardening Scotland 2013 - SEER Rockdust - ONCE ONLY SHOW OFFER Binn Soil Nutrients, suppliers of SEER Rockdust and a regular exhibitor at SAGS conferences also have a presence at the show. 
They have a stall (no 246) near the north gate and in addition every day from 12.00 to 12.30 Jennifer will be giving a workshop on using SEER Rockdust for organic production of flourishing fruit and vegetables.
At the time of this posting Jennifer is looking for one barrow pusher on Friday and two on Saturday to deliver SEER Rockdust to customers cars. There are 2 free tickets and 2×20 kg bags of Rockdust for each helper. Anyone interested please call Jennifer on 07715 707009

Fruity Grants Announced

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of a fourth round of funding of its Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2013 / 2014.

The scheme, supported by the CSGN Development Fund 2013, aims to encourage anyone with an interest in orchards – including communities, schools, public agencies and landowners – to plant and manage orchards, use them for learning or celebrations, or as a productive food crop.  Forth Environment Link are looking forward to receiving applications that create and look after orchards, and bring people together to have fun in events to use and celebrate orchards.

The CSGN area stretches from Girvan in the west to Leven and Dunbar in the east.  It includes part of Stirlingshire and Fife in the north and follows local authority boundaries to the south.   The full list of areas included can be found by clicking here.  The CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme is open to all groups and individuals in the CSGN area, as long as they can demonstrate wider community involvement in the design, creation and management of the project, and can provide evidence of landowner approval.

Grants of between £100 and £500 are available for designing and creating new orchards, managing traditional or other existing orchards, enhancing orchard biodiversity, and developing orchards as a learning ground.  Applications should be completed online via the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative website at where the full application pack is available. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 9 am on Monday, 30 September 2013.

For information about the scheme, please contact Amparo Echenique, Project Assistant, Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, at or phone 01786 449215.

New Allotments in Kirkintilloch

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

East Dunbartonshire Council has opened its first council-run allotment site.  Rosebank Allotment site in Kirkintilloch will be available both to East Dunbartonshire residents and to Social Work Service users.  Half of the 40 plots will be rented to local residents, the other 20 will be reserved for East Dunbartonshire Community Addiction Team to deliver a therapeutic horticultural project.

The project started in 2009 when a steering group was established for community allotment development. Social Work secured funding to develop the allotment site. The site identified is in Council ownership and was originally part of Meikelhill Colliery.

EU bans neonicotinoid pesticides

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The EU Commission voted on April 29 to impose. 2 year ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.  These products have been implicated in the disastrous fall in the wild bee population and the problem of  colony collapse among domestic honey bees.  One in every three bites of food eaten world wide depends on pollination by bees for a successful harvest so  the disappearance of bees will have terrible consequences.

The problem is that compared with older pesticides such as DDT (banned many years ago) nicotinoids pose little risk to humans.  They are systemic so only need to be applied once – reducing exposure of agricultural workers.  However that is where the risk  arises for bees.  The pesticides are present in the pollen and nectar of the treated plants.

The pesticide companies can (and do) point to the fact that the research is not totally decisive.  However the risk to the human race is so great if pollinators disappear that this is a ban we should all applaud and fight to maintain.

Allotment heritage inspires art exhibition

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Compass Gallery in Glasgow is presenting an exhibition on the theme of Allotments.

Entitled ‘Still Spaces’ it will take place from May 2nd to May 29th in the Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street, Glasgow.  Plot-holders, structures, sheds, wildlife and cultivation in different seasons and lights have been translated into collages, sculptures, prints, paintings, drawings and stained glass.

The exhibition includes the work of some of the newest recent graduates starting out in their careers, hanging alongside some of Scotland’s most established names. Asked to explore the history, culture and impact of the Allotment heritage in Scotland, and their relevance in today’s changing economic and environmental climate, the exhibition speaks for itself.