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.

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 by July 31st.

Full details are over on our Awards page >

Time to Prep for the New Plotholder Awards 🏆

An award issued by The Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow

We let you know recently that we give out awards to the best newcomers. Make sure you (or your new neighbours) don’t miss out. If you just jump in and get digging, you might waste your chance to document the starting conditions!

What you need to do now

a) start planning what you’ll do with your plot, along with the reasons for all your choices

b) take a photo of your plot before you get started (see the judging criteria, below)

How do you enter?

By application form:

What about the prizes and the rules?

Have a look at our initial post for full details on the prize amounts, the judging criteria, and information on who’s eligible.

New Plotholder Awards 🏆

An award issued by The Incorporation of Gardeners of Glasgow

Each year, we award a prize to the best new plotholder across all of the allotment sites Glasgow. If you’ve taken on your plot since January 2019 (yes, the start of last year), you’re eligible to apply before the deadline of July 2020.

We wanted to let you know now so that you can a) get planning, and b) take a photo of your plot before you get started (see the judging criteria, below)!

The aim of the awards

To recognise the work of new plot-holders and to encourage a good standard of cultivation in its widest sense.

Who can enter?

Any plot-holder who is an Allotment Association member of a Council or privately owned site – within the Glasgow City area. The plot-holder can have taken on their new plot at any time after January 1st of the year preceding entry, thus giving an opportunity to apply over 2 growing seasons. (i.e. January 1st 2019 for entry by July 2020).

How do you enter?

By application form:

Judging will take place within July and will be confirmed later.

Applicants and site secretaries will be sent a receipt of acknowledgment of the application form. Please contact us directly if you do not receive this confirmation.

Plotholders should ensure that someone is able to open the site and show the plot to be judged on the day. Plotholders will be emailed the preceding evening to advise whether the visit will be in the morning or the afternoon and will be messaged by text approximately 45 minutes before the judge expects to arrive at their site.

Presentation of prizes will be at the GAF Celebration of Allotments Event on October 3rd 2020.

What are the prizes?

  • 1st Prize: £50 gardening vouchers & 1st Prize certificate designed by the Incorporation of Gardeners.
  • 2nd Prize: £40 gardening vouchers & 2nd Prize certificate designed by the Incorporation of Gardeners.

  • There are up to 3 Highly Commended prizes of £20 each, at the judge’s discretion.
  • 2 Commendation prizes of £20 are awarded for the most significant progress in overcoming adversity in particularly challenging conditions.

What are the judging criteria?

A short description of the state of the plot when it was assigned must be included with the entry form, along with photographs of the state of the plot at assignment.

Areas of judging & awarding of points:

  1. Overall Growing Plan – including attention to sustainability and biodiversity in both the process and your desired outcomes in matters like rainwater harvesting, mulching, soil care, understanding of crop rotation etc. (maximum 20 points)
  2. Overall appearance – general tidiness, evidence of planning &
    organisation. Appropriate proportion of the plot as growing space. Structures such as sheds and greenhouses, if present, should be in a serviceable state of repair. (maximum 20 points)
  3. Cultivation should be generally weed-free with evidence of on-going cultivation. A variety of healthy plants – vegetables, fruit and flowers – should be growing. Appropriate weed-control strategies are acceptable for areas not yet cultivated. (maximum 20 points)
  4. Paths, hedges and boundaries including frontage should be tidy and clear of pernicious weeds. (maximum 10 points)
  5. Systems and methods of composting, rainwater harvesting, and water conservation should be evident. Evidence of an understanding of biodiversity and soil care and nurture. (maximum 20 points)
  6. Evidence of your contribution to the wider allotment community including supporting other new allotmenteers, contributing to the care of communal areas, contributing to committee, contributing to open days etc. (maximum 10 points)
  • Good luck, and happy planning!