Scottish Allotment Committee Profiles

PRESIDENT: IAN WELSH

Allotment plotholder with Berridale Allotments in Glasgow where he has held various offices including his present position as Treasurer.  Scottish Mentor for the Allotments Regeneration Initiative.  Member of Glasgow Allotments Forum.  Working in horticulture since 1975, currently with Inverclyde Council.

VICE PRESIDENT: MANDY FOOKS

Member of SAGS committee for 8 years.
Past President – now vice, Taking sabbatical while l have cancer treatment .
Pre-retirement , taught career horticulturalists, interested amateurs & adults & young people with various extra needs in local FE colleges. Also worked in the grain trade and at the National Intsitute of Agricultural Botany pre-children. HND in Horticulture from Writtle College & career related post grad qualifications. Qualified seed analyst & crop inspector.
lnterested in gardens , growing things and crafts. Also my local area.
3 super sons , 2 lovely daughters-in-laws & 4 fabulous grandchildren -2 of each kind.
Also one determined small dog who takes me for 3 walks per day.

TREASURER: ANDREW REID

Plotholder in Edinburgh since 1999, after 4 years on the waiting list.
SAGS treasurer (since 2004), with responsibility for email and postal contact with members.
sends out the newsletters, membership renewals, and conference details; and handles the responses.
SAGS representative on the Dundee Strategy Implementation Group and on the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum.

ENQUIRIES SECRETARY: JENNY MOLLISON

Plotholder since 1988 and former secretary Musselburgh Allotments Association
SAGS committee member since 2004
Present position: answers enquiries through SAGS website
Representative on: Garden for Life, Scottish Environment LINK, City of Edinburgh Allotment Strategy Steering Group
SAGS’ representative in partnership Edible Gardening project at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Particular interests: raising profile of benefits of allotments amongst MSPs and local government; helping and advising embryo allotment groups

SUPPORT SECRETARY: JUDY WILKINSON

Plot-holder Julian Ave allotments (Glasgow) since 1974.
SAGS committee member since 1998 and Secretary 1999 – 2006
Present position: committee co-ordinator – responsible for notice meetings, agenda, decision matrix, Annual Conference programme, AGM secretaries report, drafting responses to Scottish Government consultations and for discussion and briefing papers.
Representative: SURF with Andrew; LINK supporting Jenny; Community Alliance Scotland
Project Managing: Heritage of Community Growing in Glasgow
Relevant Interests:  Heritage; Biodiversity, Allotment Design, Planning
Local commitments: Secretary Glasgow Allotments Forum; committee member Kelvinside Allotments Association
Retired 2005, 3 children and 4 grand children.

WEB- MASTER: BARBARA DE LA RUE

Arrived in Glasgow in the early 1970’s and was traumatised to discover there were no food street markets and the range of fresh veg extended to potatoes, onions, leeks, cabbage and carrots.  Realised that if I ever wanted to eat fresh spinach and beans again, I would have to grow them myself. Put my name down for an allotment and have never looked back.

Now shares a plot with a friend on the Julian Avenue Site of Kelvinside Allotments Association, and has done so for more than 10 years.

SAGS webmaster and co-opted committee member since 2006.  Designed and built SAGS web site, now responsible for site maintenance and development and addition of most site content.

SAGS newsletter editor since 2010.
Have written or contributed to a number of reports for SAGS – most recently a briefing paper on allotment law in Scotland which is available on the web site.
Was first administrator of web site for Glasgow Allotment Heritage Project – designed and built the site, created the training materials to enable project members to add content themselves.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

PETER DUNCAN : Fife Allotments Officer, Fife Council

DON ELDER: Dundee allotments plotholder

ALISTAIR MACKINNON

Virtual Plot-holder on Dunoon and District Virtual Allotments Association since 2006
SAGS committee member since 2009
Present position: Representative on SAGS for Argyll and Bute
Relevant Interests: Permaculture, Community involvement in allotment building. Gardens created in local primary schools for green flag.
Job: Former Adventure Therapist in USA NHS equivalent Clinical Psychologist.
Qualifications: Degree’d and Post Grad.   Digging.
4 children, currently unemployed. Volunteer at local Link Club.

 

LISA-MARIE PATTON

ALISON SWANSON

Plot-holder in Stirling from 2004.  Committee of Stirling Allotments Association from 2005 -March 2013 (Secretary 2011 – 2013).  SAGS committee member from 2011.
Self employed. Professional background in widening participation, flexible learning and project management.
Current interests: allotment management, widening participation and equality, soil and environment, policy relating to allotments and food, experimental growing.
Volunteer for several projects.

FRANK TAYLOR

I am a child of the 1950’s and was brought up on Speyside in the grounds of a distillery.  I have three grown up children am a very proud grandfather. I moved to Bucksburn from Bridge of Don about 10 years ago. I work as a gardener for a living and I consider myself lucky to be able to do for a living what I am interested in as a hobby. I’m a keen vegetable grower having been encouraged in that direction by my father when a youngster. More recently, I became interested in growing vegetables for exhibition and since 2003 when I was encouraged by the judge who awarded my allotment first prize in the inaugural competition for the best city allotment to enter my large onions in the RHS of Aberdeen Show at Duthie Park. I have since been a committee member of RHSA, am presently Chair of the Beacon Gardening Club, and am involved locally and nationally at Committee level with the National Vegetable Society with whom I have become a qualified judge and a fellow of the Society. I am also a committee member of the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society.
I am now very active on the allotments scene in Aberdeen and am one of the founding members of Bucksburn Allotments Association. Our Association was born out of the need to give our members a bigger say in the running of our allotments which have unfortunately been neglected by our landlord for a number of years. We are working towards having that situation remedied (without much success)

DICK YOUNGSON

Plot holder Sandown allotments Nairn since 1984
Committee member SAGS since 2009, adviser and point of contact for North Scotland
Chairman Nairn Allotment Society
Project manager Mill Road Allotments scheme Nairn 2011
Other interests: Councillor Nairn Suburban Community Council with special interest in Planning and Environmental issues.
Member Nairn Woodlands and Wetlands Association
Horticultural adviser and tutor to Rosebank primary School and pupils Nairn
Retired 2001 as technical Director Deer Commission for Scotland
3 children and 5 grandchildren

MARK THIRGOOD

Committee member since 2013. Chairman of Killandean Community Allotment Association who are currently developing a site in Livingston using Climate Challenge Fund funding. Has a degree in forestry and a long interest in gardening and horticulture.