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!

Have your say about how allotments are managed in the future

Glasgow City Council is due to revise how the allotments sites that it lets out to plotholders are to be managed. A GAF working party drawn from 8 GCC sites has been looking at the issues and has put forward a model for the future.

They have published:

  • a draft scheme of delegation which would clarify the relationship between Association Committees and GCC, as site landlord
  • recommendations of what they think all Glasgow Allotment Association Constitutions ought to cover

Come along and join in the discussion. Give us your thoughts on the issues so that we can revise these proposals to reflect the views of as many of our members as possible.

Help us to keep Potato Day going

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with managing our big annual fundraising event.

It’s largely been a one-woman show for the past 10 years, with the fantastic Jan MacDonald running the orders, the logistics, the advertising and the timeline.

Lots of volunteers have helped out each year to make the day happen, but Jan has been coordinating everything herself, and she’s let us know that this year will be her final year at the helm. She’s looking to pass on the baton (the big chip?) and while it’s a job that can be shared out, ideally it takes one volunteer leading the team from the front.

Jan MacDonald

Do you have…

Seed-swap table
  • an interest (or experience) in running an event?
  • some free time to donate between December and March each year?
  • a keenness to put on a fantastic event for growers across Glasgow?

You don’t need to have all of them – one or two will do!

Dip your toe in the water – shadow Jan this year

  • Meet up online with Jan and a few others from the GAF executive committee to see how the whole show works
  • See whether you think it’s for you
  • Learn the ropes (including a look at the temporary online version)
  • Bring along your new ideas
Jan at the welcome table

The physical event

Here’s a flavour of what the last in-person event looked like, in February 2020 at the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre.

Potatoes are the main attraction, and ordering those is the biggest job, but there’s plenty more you could volunteer to help out with too!

AGM 2021 // 2 December 7 – 8:30pm

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Zoom this year. Last year we simply published our annual reports but we
didn’t hold a meeting. This year the Committee have decided to go ahead online as conditions don’t seem to warrant meeting together physically this winter.

1       Apologies
2       Approval of the Minutes of the AGM held on November 7th 2019
3       Annual Report
4       Treasurer’s Report
5       Election of Committee members
6 Allotment Development Awards
7       Next Year’s Calendar
                –     Feb Fest
                –     Potato Day
                –     Recommendations for Topics and Activities
8       AOB

If you want to join the committee, or have any resolutions or proposals for actions for the AGM, please get in touch with us at or through the ‘Glasgow Allotments Forum’ Group on Facebook.

Jenny Reeves
GAF Chair