Out of the blue a report is going to Edinburgh councillors, according to an Evening News article (link below), that will recommend the purchase of fields on the boundary of the city to provide sufficient allotments to provide one for each person on the waiting list.
Welcome though this initiative is, these plots are not necessarily going to suit everyone as they will be a long distance from where the majority of the population live. And what are the implications for the agreed strategy of providing sites within the city? There are many questions that this proposal will give rise to. Any comments from the allotment community would be appreciated. Go to "Contact".
For details - see the Show Schedule:
Late Summer is usually the last of the hot months and is often dry and sunny . However in some places the late summer can be prone to thunder storms and as a consequence it may tend to be humid and dull providing the perfect conditions for pests and diseases to thrive in.
Iain Miller writes:
If you'd like to start growing vegetables, flowers and plants in your allotment or garden and need to integrate some beds, you don't necessarily need a landscape gardener to achieve it. Creating raised beds is a low input method that has fantastic results.
If your garden suffers from poor soil - this could mean that it has a rocky, clay or sand consistency - then raised beds are the perfect solution. This will of course require the purchase of good quality topsoil. Here are some tips to help you create them in your growing space.
What is a Raised Bed?
Seen in "The Week" and "New Statesman":
A town council has banned a pensioner from his allotment. Eastwood Council has told Arthur Martin they had a "duty of care" to protect him and gave him three weeks to vacate his plot. "If this guy's hip pops out again, as it has in the past, what would people say?" said council leader David Bagshaw.
The results of the allotments competitions for 2012 have been announced. Each year the City of Edinburgh Council and FEDAGA stage a series of competitions for allotment holders, individually and collectively. Congratulations are due to the following for sterling efforts, especially in the teeth of a very challenging "summer":
Best Individual Plots - FIRST: Edna Monteith (Ferry Road), SECOND: Willie Aitken (Carrick Knowe), THIRD: Andy Crofts and Kathy Parker (Inverleith).
Best Allotment Sites - FIRST: Midmar, SECOND: Carrick Knowe, THIRD: Pilrig Park.
The Waste Wise Award for best environmental practices goes to Carrick Knowe.
The Most Improved Site Award goes to Midmar.
The Annual General Meeting of the Federation will be held in South Side Community Centre, 117 Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, on Tuesday 16 October 2012 commencing at 7:15pm, to deal with the following business :-
2. Minutes of the 2011 AGM.
3. President’s review of the year 2011 – 2012.
4. Financial Report by Treasurer.
5. Allotment Show Secretary’s Report.
6. Election of Management Committee.
7. Election of Auditors.
8. Forward Plans for coming year
9. Any other competent business
10. Date of next Annual General Meeting
Further resolutions, for inclusion in a Final Agenda, are welcome but must reach the Secretary by Tuesday 25 September 2012. The Secretary's address is 25 Cambridge Avenue, Edinburgh EH6 5AW.
Every affiliated Allotment Association should be represented at this meeting in order to make known the views of the members and put forward nominations for membership of the Federation Management Committee.
Each site can send as delegates their Secretary and 1 other delegate for every 50 members and put forward nominations for membership of the Federation Management Committee. Forms for this purpose, which will be sent to your site
representative in early August, should be completed and returned to the Secretary by Tuesday 25 September 2012.
At last, after many years lobbying, the Scottish Government have produced a consultation paper for a new bill which includes allotments.
The new Bill will be called the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, (CERB). Here are the paragraphs which relate specifically to allotments:
Providing communities with space to grow fruit and vegetables or establish community gardens can lead to better health, environmental and social outcomes. It can also be a tool to building community capacity. Current allotment legislation