Interested in joining a group who can help work with Glasgow City Council to help identify new land for allotments?
The webinar on Thu 19 November is a chance for anyone who’d like an allotment to meet up, think about how to respond to last month’s meeting with representatives of the council, and decide what productive action to take next.
The meeting will take place on Zoom.
Register here so we know many to expect!
“I would like an allotment space where I can learn with other people how to grow food. I’ve been added to “the waiting list for the waiting list”. How long will I have to wait?”
In view of the long-standing shortage of plots in Glasgow and the large increase in demand for that most of us have experienced as a result of the Covid pandemic, we believe we need the City Council to take action by making more land available for food growing.
The best hope we have of doing this is to help those who want a plot to get together to campaign for change.
You’re welcome to join in, particularly if you don’t already have an allotment, or if your allotment life would be more convenient if a new site were set up closer to home.
To register for the meeting, to put forward any questions for discussion, or just to find out more, email GAFForum@gmail.com.
Councillor Martha Wardrop (Green Party Councillor for Hillhead) and Rachel Smith (Glasgow City Council Landscape Design and Development Manager) have agreed to attend an online meeting to discuss:
- the opportunities for new sites in Glasgow
- the Community Empowerment Act 2015
- which includes a duty on local authorities to provide allotments, and to act if the waiting list exceeds 50% of the total number of allotment spaces owned by the council – see Section 112
- Glasgow City Council’s Draft Food Growing Strategy
- which the Council were required to write as a result of the Act above, and which includes a plan to develop new allotment sites over the next 5 years – see page 28
You may also be interested to read about:
- the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019
- which includes a duty on local authorities to provide an Open Space Strategy ‘to set out a strategic framework of the planning authority’s policies and proposals as to the development, maintenance and use of green infrastructure in their district‘ – see Section 3
- Glasgow City Council’s Open Space Strategy, adopted in Feb 2020
- which has overlap with the plans for new allotment spaces mentioned in the draft Food Growing Strategy, mentioned above
Introduction to panel members
|Jenny Reeves |
(Chair, Glasgow Allotments Forum)
|19:35||The Community Empowerment Act 2015|
What it says about allotments and food growing
The Food Growing Strategy and proposed action regarding new allotments
(Landscape Design and Development Manager, Glasgow City Council)
Participants’ questions about the meaning and implementation of the new legislation in Glasgow
|Panel chaired by Scott Ramsay |
(Member, Glasgow Allotments Forum)
How you can make your voice heard
Strategies / approaches for effectively demanding land / space for growing
|Councillor Martha Wardrop|
(Green Party Councillor for Hillhead)
Participants’ questions about taking action for the provision of new growing spaces
|Panel chaired by Scott Ramsay|
|20:40||Summary and Next Steps||Jenny Reeves,|
Rachel Smith, and
Councillor Martha Wardrop
If you can’t make the meeting, you’re still very welcome to join the campaign. Get in touch so we can keep you up-to-date with developments and other activities in the future.
We’re approaching capacity for a single Zoom meeting (100 people), but if you add your name, we’ll keep you on a waiting list.
If we aren’t able to get you off the waiting list, keep an eye on our Facebook Group and hopefully we’ll be able to livestream it there too!
Charles is well-known, but if you’ve never heard of him then now’s the time to learn something new from the master of no-dig.
When people hear those words, first thoughts are often of semi-wild patches of ground between crops, given over to wildlife. On the contrary – no-dig helps you cut down on weeds without all the back-breaking work.
As part of Charles’ current speaking tour of the UK, he’s agreed to add a stop for the plotholders of Glasgow. Of course, now that we’re living with certain restrictions, the event has shifted online so that people will actually be able to attend!
Watch these two videos first
A large part of no dig’s success is to do with the relative absence of weeds. You save so much time, and are free to be more creative, with less of the constant need to weed.
— Charles Dowding, https://charlesdowding.co.uk/start-here/