Archive for June, 2013

Scotland’s Allotment Design Guide Published

Sunday, June 16th, 2013
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A guide, which will assist local authorities and gardening groups design and cultivate allotment sites, has been launched. Planning Minister Derek Mackay officially unveiled the Allotment Site Design Guide at the Scottish Allotment and Garden Society’s (SAGS) annual conference on Saturday  June 15. The guide, designed by SAGS, will allow local authorities and individuals to make the best possible use of the land they have available for allotments through good, practical use and design.
20% of the funding for the guide was provided by the Central Scotland Green Network and Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Government. The rest was provided by SAGS.

Speaking ahead of the SAGS conference in Dunblane, Planning Minister Derek Mackay said:
“Allotments and community growing spaces are often at the very heart of our communities and we recognise the range of benefits that they can bring. Since the publication of our National Food and Drink Policy in 2009, we have made clear our commitment to supporting the increasing number of people who want to grow their own food. In April we launched a public consultation to shape the future of allotment legislation. This has now closed and plans to simplify and overhaul Scotland’s allotment rules are now being considered.

By providing guidance on how to design allotment sites we can make it easier for both the public and landowners to develop and cultivate sites. I hope this guide, along with the growing body of advice we have helped produce, can assist with the creation of new sites.”

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said:
“CSGN is committed to raising awareness of the range of health, economic and environmental benefits of community gardening. We are delighted to have been able to help part fund the Allotment Design Guide which will provide a valuable insight and helpful information for groups looking to develop new allotment sites.”

A SAGS spokesperson said:
“This is the first comprehensive guide covering all aspects of allotment site design in Scotland. It is an empowering tool to avoid conflict about applications for new sites and help all interested parties reach an amicable solution.”

A small number of hard copies have been printed, but it is hoped that most users will download their own copy from the web site.

Having Fun at Gardening Scotland

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The SAGS stall in the Living Garden section of Gardening Scotland was a lively, happening place. Thanks to the volunteers and the visitors.

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MSP visitors to Glasgow Allotment Heritage display

Monday, June 10th, 2013
The Glasgow Heritage Project took its summary display to the Scottish Parliament. These are some of the MSPs who came to admire the work of the project volunteers.
See if your MSP was one of them.

Alison Johnston MSP

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Ground Breaking: Community Heritage in Glasgow’s Allotments

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The University of Glasgow’s School of Humanities and School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, in partnership with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS), are pleased to announce a three-year PhD Studentship under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Scheme, to begin 1 October 2013. The award covers Home/EU tuition fees and provides a maintenance award of at least £13,726 per annum, and some research and training expenses, for three years. Applications for the studentship are due no later than Wednesday 19 June 2013.

* a collaborative research project – partnering University of Glasgow with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS), an educational and public advocacy organisation
* an interdisciplinary project – drawing primarily on the disciplines of History and Human Geography to explore diverse urban pasts and urban cultures in Glasgow’s allotments
* an inventive project – combining archival research on allotment histories, with on-plot fieldwork, and oral history interviews
* a situated project – the city of Glasgow has a rich heritage of allotments, dating to the last quarter of the nineteenth century and thriving today (currently 32 allotment sites, comprising approximately 1200 individual plots)
* an impact-savvy project – helping contribute to SAGS’ ambitious community heritage strategy for the city, in a range of educational, outreach, and advocacy initiatives

This studentship will be of interest to applicants with backgrounds in a range of disciplines and subject areas, including (but not limited to) cultural, social, and environmental history; historical and cultural geography; and horticulture, landscape, and cultural heritage studies.

Full project and application details available at:

For further information or informal communication about the studentship, please contact

Dr. Marina Moskowitz ( Dr. Hayden Lorimer (