The following extract, part 3 of which specifically deals with allotments, is taken from a booklet designed for Parks Managers to enable them to make their parks better for biodiversity. This guide was written by Malcolm Fraser, Biodiversity Officer for City of Edinburgh Council.
Registration for Grow Wild seed-sowing kits is now open - groups have to register before 10 March.
Groups can register here: https://www.growwilduk.com/community-kit. Once you have registered with your details, the numbers in your group and your delivery address, Grow Wild will send you the right number of kits at the end of March.
Grow Wild has 35,000 kits (with special mixes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to give away before 10 March.
FEDAGA has been approached by Eric Dede, an EngD research student at the University of Reading, who writes:
I am currently based at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Edinburgh; IOM is collaborating with the University of Reading in my research project.
I am carrying out a study on the effect of low level soil-bound contaminants on human health resulting from working on allotments sites and consumption of allotment produce. Therefore, I would like to recruit local allotment owners/users to participate in the study.
Organic seed potato sessions start at Penicuik Town Hall on Saturday 1st February and continue weekly through February and March.
More info here: http://www.lostgarden.co.uk/potato/
We are delighted to announce that the Edinburgh in Bloom allotment competition is running again in 2014.
The competition is focussing on Allotment Plots and is open to all plot-holders in Edinburgh.
This year’s ‘Britain in Bloom’ theme is ‘Growing for Gold’ which ties in nicely with this and will form an important element of Edinburgh’s ‘Entente Florale’ bid later in the year.
1st prize -
One year’s free plot rental (up to the value of £100)
2nd prize -
50% reduction on plot rental (up to the value of £50)
3rd prize -
£25 donated by FEDAGA
We are now well into January and this is probably the coldest month of the year. The wet conditions we’ve experienced recently also mean that digging the soil is hard going and it is probably better to wait until the soil has dried out a bit before you decide to dig your plot over.
Three years ago Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) formed as a group of concerned volunteers to renovate the farmhouse at the entrance to Bridgend Allotments. Since then it has been working with surrounding community groups and individuals, alongside an architect and business consultant, to explore the potential for transforming the farmhouse into an environment and outdoor orientated centre owned and run by local communities.
The farmhouse is now on the open market so BIG is at a crucial turning point that will determine the entire future of the project. Please sign the petition to show you support the BIG’s proposals!
A proposed EU seed legislation seeks to force all seeds sold and exchanged to be formally licensed. If no licence is purchased then they cannot be bought, sold or even given away.
Statement by the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society:
If possible, before January 24th 2014 individual plot holders and association committees should comment on the government's proposed changes to the allotment legislation. This will be part of a new and much bigger Community Empowerment Bill. It affects every plot-holder in Scotland and could have serious repercussions for us all.
The current Government consultation on the Community Empowerment Bill can be found at: www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current. Section 4.3 of this document is on allotments.
Charles Passmore of Midmar allotments writes...
I am asking you to send an objection to the resubmitted planning application to build houses at Craighouse on Craiglockhart Hill.
You may ask 'What is it to do with me?'. Quite simply in my view, if planning permission is given to build new houses at Craighouse, then I can see no objective reason to prevent planning being given to the Laing Estate who own the paddock above our site and who also own Midmar Allotments.
You may, like me, feel there are wider issues but as a Midmar Plotholder (*) you should be concerned.