Archive for October, 2014

Free Trees from the Woodland Trust

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

If your allotment site has communal areas that you want to beautify and make wild-life friendly then this offer may well be just what you are looking for!

The Woodland Trust sends out free trees every March and November to groups across the UK. Packs come in various mixes of 30, 105 or 420 saplings approximately 20-40cm tall. The scheme helps school, youth and community groups bring people together and make shared spaces green and pleasant. It’s also an ideal way of creating a beautiful, living memorial to those who have helped shape your local community.

You can apply for multiple packs up to a maximum of 420 trees per delivery season. One application per pack is required for community and youth groups.

Applications for packs to plant in March 2015 need to be submitted online by 7 January 2015. For more information about the scheme and about how to apply click this link.

Tender for the Living Garden at the Gardening Scotland Show

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

LivingGardenThe Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society is part of the Garden for Life Forum, a partnership of organisations working in Scotland with the aims of supporting the actions of gardeners to the benefit of Scotland’s biodiversity. Every year, the Forum organises a show garden to be created for the Gardening Scotland show. Past gardens have won medals for their design, showing how beautiful gardens can also be havens for wildlife.

The Forum would like to invite you to tender for the design of the Living Garden at Gardening Scotland 2015.  Full details of the tender process are included in this document (click here).  If you have any queries please use the contacts in the document.  The deadline for the tender is 5pm on 30 October 2014, and should be sent to

RHS Small Grant Funding for Scottish Community Gardens

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
The Royal Horticultural Society has launched the second round of its community fund to help gardeners enhance public spaces in towns, villages and cities across Scotland, awarding £100,000 to Scottish community gardening projects over three years. In 2013, we awarded £30,000 to 17 wide-ranging projects, helping groups to purchase tools, create raised beds and garden spaces, and bringing people together through gardening.
This year, we wish to provide funds to support Scottish groups to start or develop gardening projects within their local community. Groups applying for the fund should be able to demonstrate that their project has a strong horticultural focus and we are particularly interested in projects that demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Opportunities for people to learn new skills in gardening
  • Development of volunteering opportunities within your local community
  • Involve people from a wide range of different ages and backgrounds
  • Long-lasting benefits to your local community
Groups can apply for two levels of funding; Start-up Grants of up to £300 and Main Grants of up to £3,000. To apply for funding, please download the application form and guidance via the link below:
complete and return by the closing date:   5pm, Monday 8 December 2014