NEWS FLASH

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 11 November at 7.15p.m. at The Christian Centre, Glebe Street, Falkirk.

The guest speaker will be Margaret Miller from Forth Valley Orchards who will talk about the orchard project and the care and maintenance of fruit trees.

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 available.