Falkirk Allotment Society (FAS) was set up over four years ago, initially as a pressure
group, to lobby Falkirk Council and any other local landowners to identify any possible
sites for allotments.
At that time Falkirk Council was one of only two mainland councils
in Scotland which did not have any allotment sites. However, late in 2009 the society
was offered a lease on the walled garden at Bantaskine on the south side of Falkirk.
The Council undertook extensive work on repairing the walls and clearing the ground
and on 3rd September 2010 the site was officially handed over to FAS. This small
site has generated 18 plots, all of which have been allocated from the waiting list.
With great enthusiasm and an even greater amount of hard work, in a short time the
plot holders have transformed the area into an attractive and productive site. The
old garden has been reawakened and is thriving. As a result of this successful transformation
Falkirk Council have agreed to release the adjoining land in order to extend the
site by approximately another 20 plots. Work on preparing the site will begin soon
and it is hoped that the plots could be available for rent by Spring 2013. This welcome
development will help to reduce the waiting list but the society will continue to
lobby for more sites across the council area.This welcome development, however, still
leaves over 60 members of FAS still on the waiting list.
Falkirk Allotment Society
continues to work with team members of the Helix Project on the development of a
site for allotments on land in the Beancross area. As the site will entail a significant
amount of work before plots can be allocated, a definite completion date is not yet