Archive for October, 2015

Glasgow Herald Campaign of the Year Award

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Watch this space for the results of the award, and photos of proud SAGS representatives living it up at the awards ceremony on November 19.

SAGS have been short listed for the prestigious Herald newspaper Public Campaign of the year Award 2015. This is recognition of the collective effort in which the SAGS committee with allotment Forums, Federations, Associations and individual plot-holders from across Scotland worked together on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.  An effort in which everyone’s individual skills and knowledge was needed to respond to the numerous Consultations and then legal documents surrounding the Bill. The final culmination of an immense amount of time and effort was a concerted campaign involving the press and many MSPs to ensure that the unique identity of allotments was protected and that everyone who wishes can have access to an allotment plot of 250 sq.m. in a reasonable time scale at a reasonable rent.



Introduction to the Community Empowerment Act

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The new Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act brings new rights, duties and responsibilities which could have a huge effect on allotments in Scotland.  This event, to be held on December 2 at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh  is being organised by the Grow Your Own Working Group.  It will act as an introduction to all parts of the bill affecting community growing and open/green space – not just Part 9 Allotments.  There is much to cover, and some parts of the Act are still being worked out through guidance and supplementary legislation.  So this is planned as just the first of a number of events.  It should be of real interest to all who want to preserve and protect allotment provision in Scotland.

For full details of the event and information on how to register to attend please click this link: An_Introduction_to_the_Community_Empowerment_Act_programme_ 021215

Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund Extended

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Here is a useful source of funding if you want to reach out to your community, for example to discuss the benefits of more allotments and growing spaces in your area.  However you will have to get your skates on.  The deadline for applications is November 16 and the event must take place by November 23.  For full details see the Voluntary Action Fund website.

The Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund provides grants for voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland to help them run an event or engagement activity with a group of five or more people to gather their thoughts on creating a Fairer Scotland and what matters to them. Grants will normally be up to £300, but there is a possibility of up to £500 to enable a larger event.

Through Fairer Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to create a place where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect; and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally. To achieve this, Fairer Scotland needs YOUR views.

Organising an event couldn’t be easier. Simply book a venue, invite at least five people, discuss the following questions and record their views:

  • What are the issues that matter most to you?
  • What do you think needs to be done?
  • How can you and your community play a role in helping to shape our future?

The views you gather will be sent to the Scottish Government as part of a series of events and conversations to help create a fairer Scotland by 2030.

Eligible costs for an event include venue hire, refreshments, interpreter, facilitator, childcare, equipment hire, travel expenses and promotional materials. Constituted organisations with an annual income of up to £250,000 can apply, or larger organisations can apply on behalf of un-constituted groups.