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!
Could you use £500 to improve your site? The GAF Allotment Development Awards (ADAs) will be on offer again this year. You just need to come up with a plan for how you’ll spend it for the betterment of your site.
We’ll give an award to one site in each of the three regions of the city.
Speak to your committee and lodge an expression of interest with the GAF secretary at GAFForum@gmail.com by July 31st.
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).