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Cast your vote on Wednesday at 7pm – Allotment Development Awards 2020 🗳️

This year’s Allotment Development Awards are going ahead online at 7pm on Wednesday 19 August (next week).

You’ll need to register first to get access to the link, so visit the registration page here to put your name down on the list!

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…

The competitors

Have a look at these before you come along to vote!

‘Creating a Great Green Community’
Springburn Gardens


‘Community Orchard’
Lambhill Allotments


‘Harmony Gardeners’
Oatlands Gate Allotments


Casting your vote

The awards should be judged against our 3 criteria:

  • Caring for the Earth
  • Building Your Association
  • Making Local Connections

The voting process is simple, but to make it even simpler (and fairer), here’s a full guide to what you should think about when making up your mind:

Running order:

  1. Brief welcome and explanation of the process
  2. Presentations
    – Lambhill Allotments
    – Oatlands Gate Allotments
    – Springburn Allotments
  3. Voting
  4. Announcement of winners

If you have any questions, either about the awards or the technology, just let us know.

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Bag your allotment site £500 from GAF 💰

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.

Full details are over on our Awards page >

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Talk this Thursday – sign-up here!

Come and join us on a tour of Graham Bell’s Forest Garden – Thursday July 2,  7 – 8 pm

The video will play for the first 30 minutes, and afterwards you can take part in our discussion with him about growing food organically.

Put your name on the list and we’ll send you the link to join the discussion!

If you’d rather watch the video on your own first, you can watch it here in your own time.

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Register for 2 July Event: Forest Gardening – Working with Nature

Thu 2 Jul 7-8pm – Online (via Zoom)

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.

Joining instructions

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).

The video

If you’d like to watch on your own, you can do so at your leisure any time before the discussion kicks off on Zoom at 7:30 on Thu 2 July.