Archive for January, 2016

Climate Challenge Fund continues for another year

Friday, January 29th, 2016

ClimateChallengeAllotmentThe Climate Challenge Fund is once again open for applications.

The Scottish Government has made £10.3 million of funding available for community-led organisations to run one year projects that tackle climate change. Grants of up to £150,000 are available per project. The funding is for one year projects with a start date of April 1 2016 and a completion date of March 31 2017.  The deadline for applications is February 19 2016.  The development of many of Scotland’s new allotment sites was made possible by grants from this fund.  So it has a record of being well worth the effort for a new allotment group as well as being a source of funds for upgrading existing allotment sites.

As long ago as 2009 six allotment/community garden related projects were kick started by this fund.  Since then there has been a steady stream of successful allotment applicants, one of the most recent being  Killandean Allotment Association in West Lothian, where summer of 2015 was the first full growing season.

To find out how to apply see the Climate Challenge web site.  If you feel uncertain about the suitability of your project, or the amount of work involved, do get in touch with SAGS.  We have many members who have succeeded with the scheme and can offer advice.

Wild Flowers and Pollinators

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Sow Wild Flyer

Sow Wild Flyer

Researcher Janine Giffiths-Lee from the University of Sussex is studying the effects of wild flowers in allotments and urban gardens on pollinator populations.  This spring a ‘citizen science’ project is starting in which she wants to involve keen gardeners from all over the UK.

If you click on  the thumbnail to the left (for a full sized flyer) you can see more information and full contact details .  To take part you should get in contact on or before February 12. Contact can be through a Facebook group but if you do not have a Facebook account just contact Janine directly by email.

This is basically how the project works:

1) You register your interest by 12th Feb 2016 by using the link on the Facebook group
2) You are sent a project pack, which includes a pack of wildflowers, sampling equipment and detailed instructions.
3) You sow the ‘Sow Wild!’ wildflower seeds in your allotment or garden in Spring 2016.
4) You sample insects in the wildflower patch in summer, using pan traps, and send them back to us.
5) We let you know what is pollinating your garden or allotment!
6) You repeat the sampling in summer 2017.