Greek Erasmus fellow visits Scottish Allotments

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Georgios Chioureas with Mrs Chioureas and Emily Harvey from Forth Environment Link at the entrance to Kilmadock allotments

During the week August 26 to August 31 SAGS was host to Georgios Chioureas from the University of Ioannina in Greece.  Georgios, an agronomist by training, is on a fact finding mission funded by the Erasmus programme to investigate how public and private land is used and managed for allotments.The  programme of allotment visits was arranged so as to cover as great a variety of arrangements as possible.  Georgios visited allotments in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. He was able to see

  • traditional council allotments directly managed by council officers
  • allotments where the land is owned by the council but management devolved to plot holders
  • allotments on private land where the plot holders are totally responsible for all management
  • community growing spaces with individuals ‘growing their own’ in small raised beds and containers

He was also able to see allotments in a variety of environments, from leafy rural villages to challenging urban locations.

SAGS is grateful to the local allotment officers who took time to go through the administrative and management set up for allotments in their area and to explain the paperwork that keeps it all in order.

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