“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:
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
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!
There are 3 contenders competing to win one of the £500 prizes by telling us their plans for how they’d spend the money to develop their site. They’ll give us a 3-5 minute presentation, accompanied either by a video or a written plan, and then the audience will have a chance for a 5-minute question-and-answer session, discussing the strengths of each bid.
Each attendee will then get one vote to cast in each of the three regional competition areas. Votes will be cast via a poll within Zoom, and the winners will be announced live at the end of the vote.
The presentation videos / written plans will be posted here as they come in to us, so have a look at them before the event.
It’ll be a great chance to see how other people run their allotment sites, and it might give you some inspiration on how you could develop your own. You might even decide to start thinking about an application of your own, for next year…
Have a look at these before you come along to vote!
This month, special guest Graham Bell will talk about how he developed a ‘Forest Garden’ at his home, Garden Cottage, which is in the town of Coldstream in the Borders. In developing the garden he has been guided by permaculture principles, working with nature rather than seeking to alter it with chemicals and over-cultivation of the soil.
The session will begin with a video where Graham takes us on a fascinating walk round the highly productive garden he has developed over the last 30 or so years. He talks about how he has applied his ideas to his gardening practice and the effects that this has had over time. The video lasts half an hour.
There will then be a half-hour session when members of the group can talk directly to Graham and get answers to any questions that they want to raise.
You can either:
join the session at 7 pm on Zoom (see below) to first watch the video live with the group, then take part in a discussion of what you have seen with Graham at 7.30, or…
watch the video in your own time on YouTube and then join us in the Zoom group (see below) for just the discussion part at 7.30 pm.
To help combat a recent trend of determined internet trolls who pop up in publicly-advertised Zoom meetings and cause disruption, we’re using a quick Registration option. (It just lets us keep track of how many people we’re expecting, and puts off those disruptive folk who just want an easy party to crash!)
Once you register, you’ll get a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. We’ll also be able to send you a reminder with the meeting link shortly before it starts.
If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom, you can get it from here (if you’re on a computer, you want the ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’, at the top; if you’re using a mobile device, you can get the app for Android or for iOS further down).