Spring Activity

IMG_2131 2Crocuses in the Window Box and Pea Shoots on the Sill

Seed sowing for the new season is underway. This is also the last month for planting bare root fruit trees and bushes as well as doing the pruning.

Potato Update – Only 13 Days to Go

We now have the list of potatoes that will be for sale at this year’s event (see the link to the Seed Potato List under the heading Potato Day on the Events page) . There are 40 varieties in all, less than last year, but still a great range to choose from (despite the effects of last season’s drought).

We’re still looking for potato sellers and cashiers for Potato Day so please get in touch with Jan (jan.lynne2303@gmail.com) if you think you could help out. And don’t forget the cakes and bakes for the cafe!

Your Calendar: Don’t forget to let us know when you’re planning to hold an event on your site and we’ll  advertise it for you.

Glasgow’s Food Growing Strategy

Under the terms of Part 9 of Community Empowerment Act local authorities required to develop a food growing strategy for their area.

This strategy needs to:

  • identify land that could be used for allotments sites and other forms of community growing.
  • describe how the authority is going to increase provision for all forms of

community growing particularly in areas experiencing high levels of socio-

economic disadvantage.

You can find the Scottish Government’s Guidance to local authorities here (FGS LA Guide Nov 2018).

Glasgow City Council proposes to build its strategy for food growing based a series of 8 local workshops that will capture the priorities for each area of the city i.e. the need for access to food growing space on the basis of local provision and demand. These workshops will seek to ‘capture local priorities’ by:

– gaining an understanding of current food growing

– generating interest in food growing

– identifying potential growing sites

Three of the workshops have a theme: social enterprise, health, and outdoor learning.

The table (FGS Consultations) gives a list of the 8 events. If you want to attend then you need to register at  www.glasgow.gov.uk/foodgrowing which will give you the venue details. Attendance is free.

For those of you with an interest in the implementation of the Community Empowerment Act (2015) here is a link to Glasgow’s Draft Open Space Strategy  OSS and to our response to the consultation (GAF Response OSS) . You may also be interested in what is being planned for your own area. The City planners have  divided Glasgow into 15 Local Context Areas (LCAs) – each of which is described in a document attached to the same link as the one for the draft OSS strategy (above).


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