We had a useful discussion on the topic of getting young people and families involved on our sites at our meeting on May 3rd– with an array of good ideas from those who came along to the session. We’ll be putting up a record of the discussion once everyone who was there has had a look at the draft.
The minutes of the business meeting have been posted on the Resources page.
On May 17th we hosted a visit from a group of Scottish Government officials with responsibility for implementing the Community Empowerment Act and for the consultation on the Local Governance Review which will be published shortly. We spent time at three of Glasgow’s allotment sites: Hamiltonhill, Springburn Gardens and South Western. The sun was out and there were plenty of people working their plots so we had some lively discussions about the value and function of allotments. Our visitors were impressed by the range of contributions that the sites were making to their local communities and the environment. (We’ll post a short report for you by the end of the month on the specific issues that were raised.)
It’s the time of year to start thinking about entries for the New Plotholders’ Awards which are sponsored by Glasgow’s Incorporation of Gardeners. Sarah Henry has agreed to take on the job of organising the judging this year which will take place in July.
Details of how to apply are now on the Awards page.
We got notification on Friday from Sandy Paterson that the consultation on the development of Glasgow’s parks and greenspaces , Our Dear Green Place, would stay open for comments until Friday May 18th although the exercise officially closed on May 11th. (download the document here Glasgow Parks and Greenspaces Vision – draft May 2018 ) or view at:
The part of the document relating directly to allotments runs from page 19-21. We think the sections which follow on Learning, Diversity and Inclusion and Sustainability (pages 22-35) are also of interest to Associations and plotholders as are those on Partnership, Delivery Mechanisms (for the plan) and Financial Sustainability (pages 41 – 49).
If you do want to comment please e-mail your response to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday of this week.
Just a quick note to say that you’ll now find notice of a few of this summer’s Allotment Site Open Days along with the Scottish Allotment and Garden Society’s (SAGS) annual conference on the Events page.
For those of you wanting to contact an allotment site for which we don’t currently have any contact details you’ll now find information for getting in touch with Sandy Paterson – who is the person who liaises with allotments sites on behalf of Glasgow City Council – on the New Plotholders page.
In January, Glasgow Allotments Forum agreed to award three prizes of £500 for the best improvement proposal presented by allotment associations in each of three areas of the City: the South, the North West and the North East.
The presentations and voting for the ADA took place on April 20th. The proposals for development were based on the sustainability criteria:
- Caring for the Earth
- Building the Allotment Association as a Community
- Making Local Connections
After the the presentations, there was time for coffee and chat before the voting took place. The break resulted in a lot of lively discussions and sharing of ideas. Useful connections were made with groups arranging visits and support for their projects. Councillors Martha Wardrop and Maggie McTernan came and made helpful suggestions for other places where funding or material could be found as well as presenting the awards.
The winning projects were South Western Allotments – contribution to the on-going development of their community garden; Springburn Gardens – refurbishment of old kennels to enable schools to use a wild life area for outdoor learning; High Carntyne – regenerating a dump area with a pond and planting for wildlife.
Altogether an interesting and worthwhile initiative. We look forward to reports of the progress of the projects next year.
The GAF meeting on May 3rd will be about ways of making allotments more appealing to families and young people.