Falkirk Allotment Society (FAS) was set up over five years ago, initially as a pressure group, to lobby Falkirk Council and any other local landowners to identify 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 generated 18 plots and with great enthusiasm and an even greater amount of hard work, in a short time the plot holders transformed the area into an attractive and productive site. The old garden was reawakened and continues to thrive. As a result of this successful transformation, in 2013 Falkirk Council agreed to release the adjoining land thus extending the site to a total of 36 plots.
This welcome development has helped to reduce the waiting list but the society will continue to lobby for more sites across the council area. However, this still leaves over 40 member of FAS on the waiting list.