In his first presentation as the incoming Chair, Stuart McKenzie (centre back row sixth from the left) laid out some guidelines that he hopes the committee will be able to emphasize successfully in the coming year.
You can read his summary of that presentation, called ‘Future Directions’, below. A series of profiles of these committee members will follow in the near future, and you can read the first of these here also.
To reinerate the objectives of the Federation:-
a. The co-ordination of Allotment and Garden Associations and their work in all its branches.
b. The protection of their interests (especially of their security of tenure in the case of Allotments Associations).
c. The improvement of their conditions.
d. To stimulate interest in and to encourage a commitment towards horticulture in allotments and gardens.
e. To purchase, on a co-operative basis, supplies for the use of the members of the Federation.
We will therefore…
Provide help and advice to all associations on request using the previous experiences of our membership. We will not deal directly with CEC. Sites will be encouraged to do so, via Councillors as necessary.
Strategy for future of allotments will be discussed with CEC as required. More involvement from more site reps will be sought to enable a broader influence.
Add interest to allotment growing via initiatives such as SASA potato partnership, visits to shows, visits to places of interest, social events, our show
Negotiate bulk purchasing opportunities; e.g. seeds, potatoes and onions. Machinery?
Distribute a monthly newsletter, website, blog - Beyond the notice board…interesting/stimulating.
Explore how we reinstate the CEC/Plotholder Forum to allow plotholders a voice with the Allotment Service.
Recognise that we will always have substandard plots on sites but concentrate efforts to minimise impact on neighbouring plots by actions through site committees; clear ups, pest proofing etc.
Invite the Allotment Officer back to meetings, treat him with respect.
Stop complaining about rents, we live with what we’re charged but get the best value we can.
We will not…
Confront the Allotment service, it simply doesn’t work. Far better site reps/councillors.
Concern ourselves with new allotment site provision other than offering advice to groups wanting to establish new sites as part of the Community Empowerment Act. New sites will become members as they wish to enjoy the benefits I’ve outlined.