Archive for July, 2015

Danish Allotments feature at the Edinburgh Festival

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Allotment Gardens. Vennelyst, Copenhagen

Allotment Gardens. Vennelyst, Copenhagen

As part of the Nordic House at the Edinburgh Festival Lesley Riddoch, broadcaster and Director of Nordic Horizons, is organising an exhibition of Nordic landscapes.

The Danish “entry” is about one of the earliest kolonihaver or allotment gardens. Birger Andersen, who has the kolonihaver described in the exhibition would be available on 30th July in Edinburgh for a meeting to talk his site and discuss the similarities and differences between the way Danish and Scottish allotments work.

This talk would be of interest to all plot-holders because of the different mixtures of sites in Copenhagen with both traditional Scottish-type allotments and those like Vennelyst with quirky huts for summer living. In addition the Danish Government stipulates there should be ten gardens per 100 flats without a private garden, so there are seventeen thousand plots in the city. Edinburgh, with a population roughly similar to Copenhagen has approximately 1300 plots.

The suggested time for this talk and discussion is 2pm – 3.30pm on July 30th in Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh.
Please confirm your attendance to Judy Wilkinson at and she will send more information