Glasgow’s Green Councillors call for more allotment sites

Glasgow’s Green Councillors welcome the opportunity to celebrate the benefits of allotments during Allotments Week and call for new sites to be established in Glasgow.

These sites could be built with composting facilities, eco-huts and gray water recycling. Besides individual plots, there could be community health plots available with referral from local GPs, disabled access, school plots and community groups.

Councillor Kieran Wild, Canal Ward said: “There is an eight year waiting list for an allotment in the West and North of Glasgow. Many people do not have the opportunity to garden. It is estimated that, on average, twenty people benefit in some way from each plot – besides the gardeners, friends visit, food is shared and surplus produce given to community groups. A new site at Clouston Street, which is easily accessible by bus or underground, would serve the Maryhill area of North Glasgow that does not have a site within walking distance.”

The strategy should contain a description of the benefits of allotment gardening. It could also contain a history of Glasgow’s allotments, background to the current legislation, planning policy, and details of any surveys of allotment holders carried out.

Local residents have been gathering views and evidence has been passed to Glasgow City Council to assist in development of a draft Allotments Strategy. The Strategy should contain a description of the benefits of allotments with an analysis of the current situation, including an assessment of demand for allotments, recommendations relating to the protection of existing allotment sites, both public and private, recommendations for upgrading of the Council’s allotment sites, and recommendations for future development of allotment gardening. It could also contain a history of Glasgow’s allotments, background to the current legislation, planning policy, and details of any surveys of allotment holders carried out.

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