Covid 19 and
Plotholders must follow Scottish Government guidance during this national emergency.
There is guidance specifically for allotments on websites of SAGS, the National Allotment Society, and FEDAGA. The following is taken from the National Allotment Society’s guidance and summarises the key practices you should adopt on site:
- Keep hand sanitiser and / or soap in your shed and wash your hands regularly.
- Use hand sanitiser or wash your hands before opening and after closing the gate or using communal taps Consider using washable rubber gloves for these activities, washing the gloves as soon as possible afterwards.
- Wash your hands when you get home.
- Observe “Social Distancing” with each other – 2 to 3 metres.
- Do not gather for a chat even if you are 2 to 3 metres apart.
- Do not share tools.
- Wash your hands with running water from a tap, not using static water.
- If you take your children to West Mains ensure they stay with the confines of your plot and don’t run around on communal paths and spaces.
We are privileged to still be allowed to continue enjoying our chosen outdoor activity when many other pursuits in communal spaces have been curtailed. Our site is overlooked so please do not gather for a chat even if you are 2-3 metres apart. Allotments have been attracting attention recently by having fires and having too many cars outside sites. So please don’t have fires and if you can walk/cycle to your sites, even better.
Your committee is asking you to avoid using the toilet if you can possibly do so. We also ask you not to use the cabin during the Covid 19 restrictions. Communal wheelbarrrows have been taken out of use until further notice. Notices have been put on site about these changes, and your committee will continue to use site notices as our first line of communication at this time.
Council consults on its proposed new regulations
Closes Friday 27th March. You can download Edinburgh’s draft regulations and find the online survey by going here: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/new-allotment-regulation/ Once approved, these regulations will be legally binding and could affect what you can and cannot do in future.
Site meeting to discuss the proposed new regulations
Sunday 15th March at 2.30 in the Cabin.
Sunday 17th November 2019, 2.30pm. Convened because the AGM was inquorate.
AGM and autumn social, Saturday 12th October 2.30 – 4.30pm
Our next event will be the Annual General Meeting and autumn social in the cabin area on Saturday 12th October and we are hoping as many members as possible will come along. The formal part of the AGM will be followed by a discussion on future planning for the association based on the results of the opinions survey.
Edinburgh Allotment Show Saturday 14th September
Posters are now up on noticeboards about The Edinburgh Allotment Show at the Central Methodist Hall in Nicholson Square on 14th September. Organised by FEDAGA the show is celebration of allotmenting in Edinburgh, and we would encourage you to think about submitting produce from your plot, as well as going along to support and enjoy the event. There will be a tomato tasting to find out what varieties taste good, so bring along examples from your plot. You can also take examples of diseased plants (in a bag please!) to have problems diagnosed. For further information and to find out the classes and regulations for submitting entries can be found in booklets see FEDAGA’s website.
Open Day thank you
A huge thank you to the many people who played a part – the bakers, jam-makers, leaflet posters, produce donors, scarecrow makers – and most of all those who volunteered and turned out to man stalls and gates and to set up and clear away on the day, and we’ve had lots of favourable comments from plotholders.
The thunder rolled but thankfully the rain held off until just after the event ended.
And it’s been worth it – we made a profit of £308.81. That’s a bit down on the last couple of years, but not bad considering the weather forecast.
Open Day 2019 – Sunday 4th August 1-4pm
Our Open Day is when we celebrate our site and show it off to others. It helps us to build good relations with our neighbours, whilst also being our main income generator – paying for improvements and benefits for plot-holders like the skips and compost. It is an opportunity to meet other plot-holders and invite your friends and family along to see the site.
We’ll have all the usual activities: produce, jams and chutneys for sale, a tea stall and children’s activities, as well as – for the first time – a scarecrow competition. We hope to see you there.
MyHarvest talk, Tues 12th June, 7.30pm, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8
An invitation to all FEDAGA plot holders to a talk by this research group who will be visiting 4 allotment sites in Edinburgh – Inverleith, Saughton, Bridgend and Warriston. MyHarvest collects information on how much own-grown fruit and vegetables people grow myharvest.org.uk
Excursion to Dundee Food and Flower Festival, Sat 1st Sept
A luxury coach has been arranged to take Edinburgh plot holders and partners/spouses to the famous Dundee Show. On this occasion the excursion is open to adults only. You will also have the opportunity to visit the National Vegetable Society Scottish Championships in the Exhibition Marquee. The size and quality of vegetables grown by NVS enthusiasts is admirable and the event is definitely worth visiting. Two for one! The coach will leave Edinburgh at pick-up points to be arranged from around 10am and return from the Show at around 4pm.
Tickets for the coach journey
FEDAGA is subsidising the cost of travel to the Show. The price of the return journey has been reduced to £6 per person. Tickets, which are non refundable, must be purchased in advance. Details of the payment process will be forwarded to successful applicants by return. Ticket applications can be made from Monday 4 June. Please send an e-mail with your name, number of tickets required and allotment site to email@example.com. First come, first served: don’t delay.
Tickets for the Show
Tickets are available from Monday 4 June at www.dundeebox.co.uk Before 28th August a discounted price applies: Adult: £10, Concession for Pensioners: £9. Tickets purchased on the day at Festival Gate will cost: Adult: £12, Concession: £11.
‘Fedaga Shop’ is Open, Sun 25th Feb and Sun 4th March, 2-3.30pm
If you are in need of seed potatoes and/or onion sets then come along to the Fedaga Shop at Inverleith Allotments – use entrance on East Fettes Avenue.
‘SASA Potato Club’
If you’d like to take part in this year’s club please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 18th March with your name and site.
You can help grow on commercially unavailable varieties, by growing three tubers from around April. All you have to do is grow them and report back via a short online questionnaire on how you got on and what they tasted like.
‘Creative Meet-ups’ UPDATE
We’ve had a few little creative meet-ups now where we’ve done some sketching, hand felting, printing and more! We hope to make this a regular thing again, from the end of March, meeting every last Sunday in the month. Come along and join in at the Cabin, from 11am, just come along with whatever you would like to do. We share ideas, and have some fun, over a nice cuppa!
Apple Press on site – This Weekend only, 7th/8th October, 11am to 4pm
Do you have any apples you’d like to press to make into juice and / or cider? We will have a FEDAGA apple press on site by cabin this weekend for anyone to have a go. If enough people we hope to make this a regular feature each autumn.
We’re now taking Bulk Compost orders – Deadline for orders: 23rd October
To order your half tonne (builders) bag, for delivery end of Oct/early Nov, please email Anne Sofie Laegran.
Each bag costs £25. Compost supplied by Caledonian Horticulture.
‘Creative Meet-ups’ starting from Sunday 29th October, 11am
A small number of plotholders are starting up an informal group to meet up and get creative. Come along and sketch, write, photograph, knit, or do whatever creative form you would like. They plan to meet monthly through the winter. Come along to find out more – first one Sun 29th Oct at 11am in the cabin.
Our site Open Day is coming soon – Sunday 30th July, 1-4pm.
We will have a great collection of produce for sale, tea and homemade baking. We’ll also be showing the photographs from 20 years ago (see below posting).
Hope you can make it along. All welcome. Free entry.
Recognise anyone? Some wonderful pictures from Roger Spooner, taken around West Mains in 1996. Click on images to view all.
Everything Must Go – Inverleith Shop – April 2nd, 2-3.30pm
The FEDAGA Shop in Inverleith Allotments will be open to sell to members the last remaining seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots. Even bigger discounts: Potatoes £2 a bag; onions and shallots £1 for 500g.
Varieties available: Potatoes: Rooster, Maris Piper, Charlotte, Kestrel, Vivaldi, Wilja, Gemson, Duke of York, Peatland Javelin, Colleen, Catriona.
Onions: Karmen, Stuttgart. Shallots: Red Sun.
Coming soon – Potato Days at Bridgend and Kelso
Some interesting potato days coming up. Sunday 26th Feb, Bridgend Allotments, from 11am. And at Border Organic Gardeners Potato Day and Green Fair at Kelso, Springwood Park on 5th March, 11am to 3pm. Follow the link here to see more about the day.
Lots at the Plant Share…
Plotholders welcome to help themselves, or to leave things for others, try to remember to label.
Allotment Holders Annual Invoicing
You will notice from your invoice – due at the end of January – that this year the Council is asking all users of the allotment service to confirm their subscriptions to FEDAGA and your Allotment Associations. The cost of annual membership is minimal: £1.50 to FEDAGA and £1 to the Site Association. Read more here
Garden Sale at the Hermitage Vegetable Garden, Braid Hills – Monday 28th Nov, 11am-3pm
The garden is sadly closing, but they’re having a sale of many interesting garden items from wheelbarrows, cold frames, tables, benches, to a shipping container, cob oven, potting sheds, and much more…
Sale held by Autism Initiatives. Click here to see the details.
Seed Potato, Onion, Shallot Sets Ordering Scheme NOW OPEN
This year the supplier has changed to Kings, who have assured they can deliver all varieties ordered.
£3 to £3.50 for 2.5kg bags for potatoes
£1.50 for 500g bags for onions and shallots
Please see the full list of varieties here.
To order - please email email@example.com with the varieties you would like and leave the money in the cabin.
Deadline for orders is 27th October.
Scheme managed by Fedaga.
Allotment Strategy 2016
The City of Edinburgh Council is in the process of revising its current Allotment Strategy “Cultivating Communities – A Growing Challenge” and would like to gather public feedback on the draft to date.
The new strategy considers the unprecedented demand for allotments and focuses on a strategic approach in order to tackle the current short fall of sites. It aims to ensure that the benefits of allotment gardening are properly recognised and available to all and that the allotment requirements contained within the new Community Empowerment Act are met.
The Council would value public feedback on this draft and hope that you take five minutes to complete the survey. Use this link here to complete the online survey.
Land for Community Growing- 7th December 2016
Growing Together – in partnership with the Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) Scotland
A day to share information and explore possibilities to access and secure land for sustainable community growing. This day is for aspiring community growers looking to find a site, existing groups looking to expand activity, landowners who want to engage with the local community and networks that support local growers. In line with Scotland’s new Community Empowerment Act, this event aims to enable more communities to use land for the many benefits of community growing. Further information including booking details here.
Tuesday 25th October
Fedega Annual General Meeting
You can download the papers at the Fedega.org.uk website from their news page.
7.15pm, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street, EH8 9ER.
By 21st October
Bulk Compost Orders
We’ll be ordering again some bulk compost this autumn. We will need orders and payments in by 21st October. Please contact Anne Sofie Laegran to place an order. Bags cost the same as last year, £25, for half a ton. We will group together orders received with deliveries planned for end Oct/early Nov.
Sunday 9th October
Meet at the cabin 2.30pm for our AGM open to all potholders
We’ll also be having ‘Glut-Busters’ – a session about your favourite recipes, hot soup, bread and cheese, and free compost.
Full details via our Events page.