Attend a Key Council Consultation Event: New Rules and Regulations for Allotments and a Scheme of Devolved Allotment Site Management

allotment with wooden shed and fence

At last, we are in the position of being able to discuss new rules and regulations rather than having allotment site governance obscured under a set of Rules and Regulations that were issued in 1959 – long since unfit for purpose.

There has never been an agreed scheme for devolving management to Associations in Glasgow, nor any written documentation making clear who is responsible for what when it comes the Associations’ and Glasgow City Council’s responsibilities for site management.

Whether we have an open and transparent system which meets the needs of associations and their members is up to us to try and assure.

Glasgow City Council has invited plotholders to attend meetings in three areas of Glasgow.

allotment with wooden shed and fence

Please make sure you have your say:

We are planning to undertake a series of 3 public engagement events to discuss the Allotment Rules and Regulations and devolved site management.  We would like all Allotment Associations to be represented at these discussions where possible, as we are keen that everyone who wishes to contribute has their voice heard.

We have arranged an engagement event for each of the City sectors (north west, north east and south). Attend at a date/location that suits you best.

Glasgow City Council

Draft rules & regs plus a scheme of delegation to get you started…

GAF recently organised a working party to look at rules and regulations, with representation from committees on eight Glasgow sites who responded to our open invitation.

We created two draft documents: new suggestions for Rules and Regulations; and the other – particularly useful for this consultation – for a Scheme of Delegation.

Read these to help you think about what you’d say at the consultations:


Questions?

We’re not organising these consultations, but we can help you think about your ideas before you go along.

Register

Each day will run 11am – 4pm with a break for lunch.

The morning theme (11am-1pm) will be about rules and regulations, and the afternoon theme (2-4pm) will be devolved management.


North-West (Cancelled)

Saturday 19th November – Kats Centre, Sighthill


North-East

Saturday 26th November 11-4 – Cranhill Development Trust


South

Saturday 3rd December 11-4 – Kinning Park Comples

2022 New Plotholder Awards Prizegiving

On 8 October 2022, plotholders from across Glasgow gathered at Growchapel, Glasgow’s newest allotment site, for the prizegiving ceremony of this year’s New Plotholder Awards.

Our prizewinners with Paul B. Carnan, Deacon of the Incorporation of Gardeners, who presented the awards

Following an application process that asked the new plotholders to explain a bit about the condition of their plots to begin with, a bit about their design plans, and a bit about their contribution to the allotment community, a judge from the Royal Horticultural Society visited each shortlisted applicant.

The judge spoke to each new plotholder about their plot in more detail, inspecting progress and asking questions as she went.

Our shortlisted applicants all gathered at Growchapel on Saturday 8 October 2022, enjoying the tea, coffee and biscuits put on by our gracious hosts.

Paul B. Carnan, Deacon of the Incorporation of Gardeners, was on hand to present the awards on behalf of his organisation and of the Glasgow Allotments Forum.

We’ll post more information about their individual plans over on our New Plotholder Awards page. If you’re taking on a plot yourself, make sure to take some photos and you can use them as evidence for your application in next year’s round! First prize nets you a £50 award, second prize comes with £40, and two highly commended positions come with £20 each.

First Prize

Michael Mullen
Growchapel

Highly Commended

Sylvia
Southwestern Allotments

Highly Commended

David
Mansewood Allotments

Video to follow shortly

AGM Thu 3 Nov, 7:00-8:45pm @ City Chambers – Open to all of Glasgow’s current (and would-like-to-be) plotholders


We don’t need you to register, but it would be helpful to help us prepare:

Agenda

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the AGM of 2021 (see Papers, below)
  3. Annual Reports (see Papers, below)
  4. Resolution to Revise the Constitution
    • As the current constitution dates from 2013 and is no longer fit for purpose, it is proposed that this meeting agrees to set up a working group to host discussions and write a new Constitution which will be presented to be ratified by the Glasgow Allotments Forum AGM in November 2023.
  5. Election of Officers
    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  6. AOCB

Papers

  1. Minutes 2021
  2. GAF Annual report, incorporating:
    • Chair’s report
    • Communication team’s report
      • Policy Representative’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s report
  4. For noting: Natural Environment Officer’s Report (from Glasgow City Council – supplied by Alexander Paterson)

Mini Potato-Day Fire Sale

One last chance to get your hands on some of the stock from this year’s online Potato Day!

Head over to the Sir John Stirling Maxwell Allotments this weekend and browse what’s out on the tables. Everything is reduced from original prices.

If you prefer to pay online first, put your order through on our webshop and just head over to the site to pick it up!

Directions to the Sir John Stirling Maxwell Allotments:

They share a street address with other buildings in the park, so don’t type in their building number on your satnav (we deliberately aren’t telling you it here for that reason!)

Use the name of the plots on Google Maps instead, or follow the map pin below.

Either way:

  • enter Pollok Park the park via the main railway bridge entrance next to Pollokshaws West railway station / the speed camera
  • immediate right turn onto the private single-track lane parallel to the railway tracks
  • the vehicle gate will be unlocked today, so just push it open but please push it closed again after you go through
  • best to drive past the pavilion and turn in the turning circle, and park facing back the way you came (otherwise you’re squashed with your driver’s door along a wall…)
  • just call out for someone if nobody has heard you coming at the gate!

The Pavilion
Sir John Stirling Maxwell Allotments
Pollok Park

Potato Day (and seed) shop now open

As promised, we’re moving our annual opportunity to buy seed potatoes online again this year. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to return to the usual hall-full-of-stalls event, but at least it’s super easy to place your orders.

  • Place your order now
  • We’ll collect the orders and buy everything wholesale from the supplier
  • We’ll let you know when it’s ready to collect (in a few weeks’ time)
  • (…though if all you’re buying is seed packets, you can choose postal delivery at the checkout!)

It’s a great chance to buy from a much bigger selection than you’d typically find in the usual garden supply shops. All money raised above the cost of the stock goes directly into supporting the Glasgow Allotments Forum, providing opportunities like the Allotment Development Awards, which let plot sites across Glasgow bid for money to improve their facilities.

What’s on sale?

  • Potatoes (43 varieties)
  • Shallots, onion sets and garlic bulbs (11 varieties)
  • Fruit & veg seed packets (151 varieties)
  • Flower seed packets (60 varieties)
  • Compost (4 varieties)
  • plus fertilisers and patio potato bags…

Got questions?

Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!