OCTOBER 22nd 11.45 -12.45
Garnethill Multicultural Centre
Rose St. G3 6RE
(next to the GFT)
Every plotholder on a GCC allotment plot will feel the effect of these proposed Rules and Regulations.
GAF has called this meeting to give you:
- the opportunity to discuss how these will affect you as a plotholder.
- the chance to reflect on how your site will be managed.
- a record of the issues, clarifications and changes you and your fellow plotholders want to raise in response to the draft R&R.
- support to ensure you are eligible to attend the later meeting that GCC has promised to hold with all those who have responded to their online consultation ()().
- GCC’s own upcoming meeting – details on how to make sure you’re eligible to attend
- Discussion of GCC’s draft R&R Sections:
- Allocation (waiting list)
- Use of sites/plots
- Overall: Practicality? Role of associations (delegation)? Services provided by GCC?
- Support in how to submit a consultation response
Dear Glasgow Plotholders,
We think that the 17 page draft Allotment Rules and Regulations published by Sandy Paterson and his team on September 7th is both far too detailed and at the same time far too vague (see our analysis below).
We suggest that Glasgow City Council, given its commitment to engagement, should provide additional time for a proper consultation (extension to November 31st) which includes a face-to-face meeting open to all GCC plotholders and their committees. This meeting should allow plotholders the opportunity to clarify aspects of this proposal with the Food Growing Team and contribute to shaping the final version that goes forward for adoption.
We would like to invite you to an Open Meeting on Sunday October 22nd at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre from 11.45 am to 12.45 pm to discuss the issues that these draft Rules and Regulations raise for Glasgow’s plotholders and their committees.
The GAF Committee
The consultation link for a copy of the document is www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations where you will find it under Current Consultations
On 7th September, Glasgow City Council sent an email to all allotment site members (tenants) with an invitation to review draft Allotment Rules and Regulations by filling in an online consultation form which closes on October 30th. The massive increase in bureaucracy proposed in the 17 pages of the draft Rules and Regulations is, in our opinion, likely to prove unworkable. This is not a document that tenants are going to find accessible or memorable.
First, thank you to those who have already submitted an application for the New Plotholder Awards competition.
The deadline for the New Plotholders Award is being extended until Sunday, 3 September with judging to take place the following weekend on 9 September.
We hope this extension will encourage more new plotholders to participate.
Our judge has kindly offered a bundle of seed packets to each person submitting an application as an encouragement.
Attached are updated application form, and flyer with the new submission deadline which you can share at your site.
Original call for submissions
Dear GAF Members, Association Secretaries and Friends:
With the summer solstice now behind (by just one day), and the gardening season well underway, it’s time to talk about the Glasgow Allotments Forum (GAF) New Plotholder Awards!
The summer solstice is a good time to take stock—fruit and vegetables have been harvested or are close to harvesting while others will be planted out soon—while doing what we love best—growing and enjoying our plots! Celebrating our hard work and achievements encourages us all, especially our newest members and so GAF invites your site and plotholders to participate in the annual New Plotholder Awards.
The New Plotholder Awards aims to encourage, recognise and reward those individuals who rise tothe challenge of a new plot. New plotholders come to a plot which may or may not be in good condition, with a variety of previous gardening experiences, skills and backgrounds. Whatever the starting point, the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment demonstrated by a new plotholder is to be commended and encouraged.
Please encourage your new plotholders to enter this competition. New plotholders—please consider submitting an application. It is great fun reminiscing about your first day on your plot to where you are now with your growing and is an insightful process, as well. I know first hand as I entered the competition my first year and it really made me consider not only what to plant but how to garden on my plot.
To be eligible for this year you must have taken on your plot on or after 1 January 2022. The application pack is attached.
Please note the closing date for entries is
Sunday, 13th August 2023. [now Sunday 3rd September 2023].
Judging will take place
at the mid-/end of August; exact date will be confirmed later. [now Saturday 10th September 2023].
We hope you will post the attached flyer for The New Plotholder Award at your allotment site to help spread the word that the competition is now open to all new plotholders.
Best wishes and good luck to everyone,
Glasgow Allotments Forum