Archive for January, 2019

Consultation on new SAGS structure and constitution.

Friday, January 25th, 2019

There have been many changes since SAGS was formed 100 years ago. The amount of lobbying to protect allotments has increased, there are more opportunities for SAGS to work with other organisations and there are also both opportunities and constraints around available funding.

Legally SAGS is currently an un-incorporated organisation. This can make it difficult, and sometimes problematic, for SAGS to carry out the activities resulting from its mission to advise, protect and promote allotments throughout Scotland.

The committee have been advised that the most appropriate form of organisation for SAGS is to become a SCIO – a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The social enterprise advice network SENSCOT has helped us to draw up a constitution to enable this. It will replace our existing constitution approved in 2008. The first intimation of this change was sent to our members in the newsletter of November 2018.  The newsletter can be downloaded here.  The article is on the last page – page 6.

The SAGS committee wishes to consult all our members about this change.  The proposed new constitution, the existing old constitution and a summary document explaining why this change is advisable can be downloaded here.  Please look at these documents and let us have your thoughts.

New funding round from Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

A new funding round for the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund opened on 19 December 2018.  Applications for grants must be in by March 4 2019.  Community Growing is one of the CSGN funding priorities and a good number of allotment sites have benefited from this fund in the past.  The main restriction is that the site MUST be in the CSGN area.

For full information click here.  This web page includes a link to a map that shows the CSGN area and instructions on how to get an application form.

Good Food Nation Bill consultation published

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

The consultation on the Good Food Nation Bill was published on 21st December 2018.  You can read all about it here.  It may not make relaxing bed time reading (or it may send you to sleep too quickly), but actually it is important.  The government’s ambition is to use legislation to ensure that by 2025 Scotland has become a Good Food Nation where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in the food they produce, buy, cook serve and eat each day.

SAGS believes that. while Grow Your Own cannot feed the nation, these aims will be more easily met if everyone who is interested can have a good experience of producing some of their own food.  While it is vital that commercially produced food is delicious and provides high quality nourishment, we are worried that the legislation may concentrate too  exclusively on the commercial production of food and forget about the benefits of growing harvesting and cooking at least some of your own produce.

We would ask all our members who are concerned that the health and happiness benefits of a good diet should be available to everyone and all income brackets to spend some time reading the information and to respond to the consultation.