about his interest in allotments
“I first went along to a FEDAGA meeting in the early 1990s. It's proof of the benefits of allotmenting that a few of the people I met then are still around today. It is my experience that the sites who engage with us do benefit, educationally, socially, and even financially.
We asked: “When and why did you apply for a plot? Stuart said: “My local greengrocer only stocked one variety of potato and he wouldn't even consider getting others. So I got a plot and grew my own. I have found that the greatest benefit is enjoying fresh vegetables that you know are well grown.
“A friend’s father grew seed potatoes on his farm, so I grew rare varieties he supplied. I’m still doing that now thanks to the SASA Potato club. I got my first plot in 1988. That’s 28 years. Blimey!
We asked: Do you hold a post on your own site? Stuart said: “Yes, I have been President of Inverleith Allotments since 2009. I went away on holiday, missed the AGM and was nominated in my absence. There's a great community spirit amongst the committee there; hands-on, can-do approach to everything. Fantastic people.”
We asked: What are your aspirations for us as committee members:
Stuart said: “Having an allotment is supposed to provide healthy food, fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation. Let's maximise those aspects and not get hung up on substandard plots and waiting lists, these are the Councils' responsibilities.
“OK, if they fail, then sites must try to put them right, but let's assume there will be problems, and help manage them in partnership with the Allotment Service.
“We know conflict doesn't work, so let's try co-operation.”