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Glasgow Allotments Forum Newsletter
Issue 10: July 2021

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GAF Zoom Open Forum: Pruning Fruit Trees
Thursday August 5, 7.00 - 8.00 pm
If you already grow some fruit or want to start and  would like to learn more about pruning and caring for them come to the GAF Zoom meeting on Thursday August 5th at 7.30pm when John Butterworth will show a couple  of short videos and then answer your questions. You can sign up for the event on the GAF web site.
John Butterworth had a collection of around a hundred cordons when running his organic fruit tree nursery in Ayrshire. Now on his plot in Kelvinside allotments he grows seven different varieties . They border his vegetables, strawberries and his wife Jane’s flowers. He enthuses about the different flavour, tastes and seasons for them all. 

Apple growing has deep roots in Scottish history, with orchards grown on a big scale in abbeys and monasteries in the 12th century, with large-scale growing on estates  and even cottage gardens right up until the 19th century. After that production of Scottish apples declined. with 70% of apples imported, a market estimated to be worth around £230m. However interest in our heritage is reviving and over 150 different types of historic apples are now offered by commercial growers with with names reflecting their place of origin or look such as  Beauty of Moray and Stirling Castle, the apples in the pictures above

You can grow apples and pears on cordons and espaliers or plums and cherries on fans. These are all suitable for a small allotment or garden. On my plot I have more of a forest garden approach with two apple trees on dwarf stock. I don’t have the diversity that John enjoys but in September I eat Worcester Pearmain a delicious early apple and then Sunset an apple with a more robust taste which lasts, wrapped in paper in my shed, until I run out of them in February. Between my trees I grow strawberries, gooseberries, wild garlic and herbs. 
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Edinburgh Fringe Offer

We Came to Dance:  An interactive interplanetary musical experience developed by Food Tank in partnership with House of Jack and the World Food Program coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year- foodtank.com/wecametodance.

 Through immersive rhythms, dance and song it tells the story of   extraterrestrial life that has barely survived catastrophe on its own planet and arrives on Earth to warn about a climate crisis. The characters relay a call to action and convey the tragedy of climate change but but a message of hope  is conveyed throughout.

Music is created by Grammy nominated Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni and dance by Mary Page Nance of Broadway's Finding Neverland.

In an amazing gesture of good will and recognition of the impact that growing can have on climate change, the UK Director of the Food Tank, Eve Gleason is offering all staff, volunteers, and members of the Scottish allotments community unlimited free tickets to a show!  Anyone  interested the free tickets please contact Glasgow Allotments Forum <gafforum@gmail.com> for the promo . 

New Plot Holder Awards 2020 and 2021

The aim of the awards is to recognise the work of new plotholders and to encourage a good standard of cultivation in its widest sense.

Who can enter?

Any plotholder who is an Allotment Association member of a Council or privately owned site within the Glasgow City area. The plot-holder can have taken on their new plot at any time after January 1st of the year preceding entry, thus giving an opportunity to apply over two growing seasons.

This award did not run in 2020 due to the pandemic, and therefore we are running two sets of awards this year:

  • 2020: Applications for plotholders who would have entered last year and who have had their plot after 1 January 2019 (New Plotholder Award 2020); and

  • 2021: Applications for plot-holders entering this year and who have had their plot since 1 January 2020 (New Plotholder Award 2021).

Please indicate on your application which group you are applying to.

How do you enter?

By application form.

Entries must be submitted to Sarah Henry by Sunday 15th August 2021 to sarahlhenry77@gmail.com. If you wish to submit a paper copy then please phone to make arrangements on 07792873268.

Judging will take place at the end of August and will be confirmed later.

Applicants and site secretaries will be sent a receipt of acknowledgment of the application form. Please contact us directly if you do not receive this confirmation.

Plotholders should ensure that someone is able to open the site and show the plot to be judged on the day. Plot-holders will be emailed the preceding evening to advise whether the visit will be in the morning or the afternoon and will be messaged by text approximately 45 minutes before the judge expects to arrive at their site.

Presentation of prizes will be at the GAF AGM on 4 November 2021.

What are the prizes?

1st Prize £50 gardening vouchers and 1st Prize certificate designed by the Incorporation of Gardeners.

2nd Prize £40 gardening vouchers and 2nd Prize certificate designed by the Incorporation of Gardeners.

Two commendation prizes of £20 are awarded for the most significant progress in overcoming adversity in particularly challenging conditions.

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