In January, Glasgow Allotments Forum agreed to award three prizes of £500 for the best improvement proposal presented by allotment associations in each of three areas of the City: the South, the North West and the North East.
The presentations and voting for the ADA took place on April 20th. The proposals for development were based on the sustainability criteria:
- Caring for the Earth
- Building the Allotment Association as a Community
- Making Local Connections
After the the presentations, there was time for coffee and chat before the voting took place. The break resulted in a lot of lively discussions and sharing of ideas. Useful connections were made with groups arranging visits and support for their projects. Councillors Martha Wardrop and Maggie McTernan came and made helpful suggestions for other places where funding or material could be found as well as presenting the awards.
The winning projects were South Western Allotments – contribution to the on-going development of their community garden; Springburn Gardens – refurbishment of old kennels to enable schools to use a wild life area for outdoor learning; High Carntyne – regenerating a dump area with a pond and planting for wildlife.
Altogether an interesting and worthwhile initiative. We look forward to reports of the progress of the projects next year.