Nairn Allotment Society
Enjoy whatever else you have with your sprouts!
A first for the Nairn Allotment Society! Although only open now for less than 8 months the plots down by are attracting attention beyond Nairn:
Mill Road Allotments will be open under the Scottish Gardens Scheme (SGS) between 1 and on Sunday 22nd July 2012. This will be the first time an allotment opens under the scheme. Proceeds from the opening, stalls, teas etc will be split 3 ways: Highland Hospice, SGC and Nairn Allotment Society. The more longer established plots at Sandown will also be open on the same day.
Saturday 12th November 2011 in Nairn Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. prompt
Tickets £5 which includes refreshment, raffle and various stalls. Contact Mandy via the e-mail address in the sidebar or on 07801502147
Here's our page on the Community Force site and polling is now open - you have to register on this page before you can vote. There is also a free phone number which you can use to vote : 0800 2100 245 our reference 736.
We also got a wee mention on the BBC which is helpful too. Here's the video again if you haven't seen it yet, it's also available on the Community Force site.
Work will start in the cemetery field at 9 o'clock on the first Saturday. Please join us then or anytime afterwards. For further information contact Dougie Gray of Keeping Nairnshire Colourful on 460003.
Despite the bad weather the Society raised over £442 at the Sandown open day. Special thanks to James & Sylvia Clarke at Wester Hardmuir and Donald & Julie Green from Greens Garden centre for the large donations they made to the Society.
If you couldn't make it to Sandown then this Sunday (14th) there will be another Open Day at Mill Road, again from 12-4 p.m.
Nairn Allotment Society have a busy programme of events in August starting with their open day at Sandown on Sunday the 7th. There will be the usual range of stalls and tea/coffee available.
On Sunday 14th the event will be repeated down at the new allotments in Mill Road. Both events run from midday to four o’ clock. Your chance to see the new site and perhaps pick up a few gardening tips. Perhaps you would like to help the Society in its campaign to get more allotments in Nairn or would even like a plot yourself. If so please come along for a chat with the membership at either of the open days.
Then on Sunday the 21st the Society will be holding a car boot sale at the Maggot Car Park. A chance there to sell a few spare items for cash. A pitch for your car will cost £5 but no traders please. Again the event will run from 12.00 - 16.00.
The allotment society look forward to seeing you at the 3 August events. For further details or to book a space at the boot sale contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Now its time to whip Sandown into shape for open day.
1- Welcome & apologies
2- Chair’s report
3- Treasurer's report
4- Work to be completed
5- Final Inspection- Leader+
6- Secretary- Open Day & fundraising
7- Rota & site maintenance
8- Site security- gates & padlocks
9- Notice board entries
10- Dogs on site
In the image you can see the garments, each of them will have the society logo on them - picture will enlarge. Prices are as follows:
Hoodies, sapphire blue, french navy or jet black,
Polos, royal blue, navy blue or white,
Unisex Fleece Jacket, navy blue, forest green or royal blue
Contact Mandy or Karen to order – Mandy can show you an example of one of the garments too.
Allotment Month by Month, Alan Buckingham
The Complete Gardener, Monty Don
Gardening from Berryfields, Monty Don
A Garden of Herbs, Agnes Walker
Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit, Matthewy Biggs, Jekka MacVicar and Bob Flowerdew
The Garden Expert series by Dr D.G. Hessayon
Grow your own
Minutes for the Mill Road Meeting held on
The chairman Dick welcomes everyone to the meeting and sends apologises from Jason, Bill and Dawn, Maureen, Janice, Samantha and Des.
Work has started at
Scott Macrae offered a really good deal on sheds that he has negotiated with a contact he has with homebase. We have emailed all tenants to see if they wish to take up the offer as the more sheds we order the better the price for everyone. We might be able to get tools at a good rate also so will maybe discuss everyone’s needs at the next meeting so we can look into this.
We also asked plot holders to consider toilet arrangements and if need be we can either fundraise or apply for funding for a composting toilet. Please can
We are trying to organise a trip to the Black Isle on the 6th March for Tattie day. Full details on the website.
We are going to contact Gordons sawmill with regards to wood for our raised beds. The committee will speak to Ali Isles with regards to ordering the poly tunnel for the site.
Can all plot holders please have a think about what training needs they would require and come up with some ideas for us to pursue please.
Dick has ordered the noticeboards for the site and the logos are ready too.
The press release has already appeared in the Nairnshire.
The committee will contact everyone in due course for the marking of paths and plots.
The meeting closed at .
The date of the next meeting is Wednesday the 16th March in Waverley Hotel at 7.30.
Scott Macrae has a contact with Homebase in
We could also get a great deal on tools so if anyone wishes tools can they let us know at the next meeting what they require and we will get prices for them.
The Mill Road Allotments – A new site for Nairn
Funding of £39,000 has been secured to provide a new community allotment site in the centre of Nairn at Mill Road beside the River Nairn
Matched funding has been provided by the Highland Leadear 2007-2013 Programme which is part of the wider Scottish Rural Development Programme, The Highland Council’s Nairn Discretionary Fund and the Nairn Allotment Society.
The site has good soil type and was formally the original Nairn allotment site and plant nursery for the Royal Burgh of Nairn. It lies to the south of the old Nairn Parish Church and graveyard.
The New allotment area will provide 30 plots, a shared poly tunnel and a shared meeting room/equipment store. There will be a number of raised beds for disabled gardeners and the entire site will be wheelchair accessible. An access road off Mill Road will allow disabled drivers to park in a small car park central to the site.
Work will commence on the site as soon as possible to clear scrub, rough tussock grassland and root systems. Soil will be cultivated to create a manageable and plantable medium. A network of paths will be formed to give access to plots and all facilities. These will include a wetland area and other environmental areas planted with attractive shrubs and bulbs.
The site will be managed by the Nairn Allotment Society on a 21 year lease from the Highland Council. The Society maintains the Statutory Tenants’ List and Waiting List for plots. Work to form the site will be completed by the end of March, and plots have already been allocated to those on the Waiting List for planting at the beginning of the 2011 growing season.
The Society is grateful for the support given to this valuable Community Project by the four Nairn Ward Councillors, by officials of the the Highland Council and Leader Programme, by Nairn Community Councils, by the Nairn Business Community and by the Nairn public.
Johan A Mackie, Chairman of Nairn LAP has added the following comments: -
“We were happy to support the Mill Road Allotments project as it provides people with an opportunity to grow fresh produce for themselves and their families, to get fresh air and exercise and to socialise with like minded people. Many of those taking up the allotments have been on a waiting list for years.”.
“It also makes good use of this ground which would otherwise lie derelict or would be built upon, taking away more open space.”
“We wish them and the new allotment holders many years of successful digging and growth in the future.”
For further information please refer to:
Held at the Waverly Hotel, Nairn
1-Dick Youngson, Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced Billy Milne, Des Scholes and Karen Henderson, all currently serving on the committee. Dick made reference to the sad passing of Neil Howitt- Mandy’s brother and expressed our condolences to Mandy and her family.
2-Apologies from Cathy MacGillivray, John Ferrie, David & Karen Hamilton, Scott Roberts, Jason Rose- apologies from me if I have missed any who had sent word and have been forgotten!!
3-The application for funding is with Leader+, balance from Nairn Discretionary fund has been banked. We are still waiting for the final copy of the lease, but we know the terms of the draft, cost of the site. Water costs as yet unknown- there are two sources for a system to link into. The press release regarding the project has been sent to the Nairnshire and SAGS. 90% of the funding is from Leader+, a European Rural development fund- through the Scottish Office.
Tenders were sent out to 9 local firms- and following their responses, the committee met and decided who should be awarded the contracts.
Henry Sleigh, Landscaper is our main contractor. George Smith Forres is providing the meeting room/shed. Dennis Smith ,Culcharry will complete the perimeter fencing.
Henry will clear the ground of roots, plough & rotivate the land. Dick suggested that the area should be covered in winter to prevent weed re-growth. It is years since the site was used for agricultural/horticultural purposes, but it will have very good soil. Hoes to the ready though folks!!
The site shed/meeting room has been ordered. This will be sited on hard stand once base put in.
Paths will properly constructed- there will be pedestrian/wheelchair access from the Riverside path and vehicle/wheelchair/pedestrian gates from the access road; same system of padlocks as Sandown. The access will allow trailers onto site; delivering a load of manure etc, but is not made to withstand heavy loads.
Corner areas that are not really suitable to use for allotment growing have been set aside as wetland/wildlife areas. There is a rose hedge which will be preserved.
The perimeter fence will have a buffer zone of 2m from the graveyard wall. This area will have to be kept clear of weeds and long grasses by strimming/ burning. The 2m zone should ensure no one uses the wall to jump into the allotment site. One of the Sandown allotment holders has kindly donated a heavy duty strimmer for use on all N.A.S sites. A small rotivator will also be purchased from funds. It will be essential that paths and sites are kept as weed free as possible. It is hoped that the site will be ready for transfer at the end of March.
There will be 30 plots in total- 25 @100sqm, 3 X 50sqm, 2 x 25sqm plus an area with tubs and 3 raised beds. There will be a poly-tunnel for bringing on plants and everyone will have a share in this too if desired. Small sheds may be erected on individual plots if necessary- although there will be space in the communal shed for storing tools and equipment. Water butts will be used to maximise storage of rainwater. Once the site has been cleared- all hands will be required to mark out the site. At that point individual plots can be earmarked for allocation. It is the individual responsibility of plot holders to erect internal boundary fences within the site.
4- It was decided that the way forward would be to continue having full meetings at the Waverly Hotel until such time as the site was ready for transfer. Also that the current committee continue to move the project forward until such time as a Mill Road Committee could be formed. Sandown committee would continue to manage the statutory membership & waiting lists and finances. Fair to say that all the sites will work together closely and that there will be regular meetings especially over the next 6 months or so.
5- Costs- The whole site at Mill Road will cost £350 pa. This means that plots there will be very affordable indeed. Society membership costs £10 pa per family unit. This covers the cost of membership to SAGS, the NSALG, Public Liability insurance and printing/postages. Denise at the Waverly currently charges £4 per meeting for teas and coffees (in total) - no charge for the use of the room.
As point of note- One of the many benefits of being members of SAGS & NSALG- is the Kings Seed Scheme. We are able to buy seeds directly from Kings at a much cheaper rate.
We have also this year purchased discounted seeds from Franchi Seeds of Italy, and have also made a bulk order with Alan Romans the tattie guru. Des is in the process of arranging a link from our website to Alan Romans whereby any seed/tattie sales bought via this link will generate a 5% cash-back to the Allotment society. Alan also has a very fine range of seeds starting from 50p per pkt. If you can’t wait for the link, have a look at www.alanromans.com
6- A fund has been included for training and speakers. The group was asked to consider this and put forward ideas at the next meeting. This could include visits to other sites- which could be useful to get ideas for planning your own plot. Fund can cover all aspects of horticulture.
7- As previously noted- press release to Nairny, SAGS and our own website.www.nairnallotments.org
Please make use of the website and send any articles for inclusion to our webmaster.
New up-to-date contact details were taken from all attending the meeting. Those not present will be contacted again to make sure that they still want a plot and to update e.mail addresses etc. Des urged everyone to promote the waiting list and encourage others to come on board. The more we have on the list, the more we can then agitate for more allotments in Nairn-shire.
8- The meeting concluded by payment of associate fees, teas and coffees. Meeting closed at 9pm.
Date of next meeting- 16th Feb at 7.30pm.
Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has been looking for park residents to register their interest in growing produce in allotments.
It said Highland Council had looked at the potential of also using care homes and hospital gardens in the area."
It's an interesting idea and good to know that the Highland Council are taking provision of allotments seriously. Meanwhile locally, have you got any spare land in Nairnshire that would be suitable for allotments? Contact Nairn Allotment Society if you have.
2. The land shall be let at such rents may from time to time be determined by the membership at a general meeting. Notice of any variation in rents will be deemed to have been served upon allotment holders by means of the posting of a notice at the entrance to the allotment site not less than four weeks prior to the date the variation takes effect.
3. Membership of Nairn Allotment Society is compulsory for allotment holders and is at acceptance of tenancy and renewable annually on the 1st of January payable with plot rent.
4. All rents fall due on 1st of January and shall be paid within one calendar month of that day and the tenancy of the allotment shall, unless otherwise agreed in writing, terminate one month after the death of the tenant. Tenancy of the allotment may be terminated by either party, given good reason, at anytime giving the other, one calendar months notice in writing.
5. Any notice, other than the notice in Rule 2, may be served on the tenant either personally, or by leaving it at their last known place of abode or by registered letter to that place or by fixing of the notice in a conspicuous place upon their allotment.
6. Allotments must only be used for cultivation and horticultural uses only.
7. Allotments must not be used or occupied for business purposes.
8. No turf, soil, aggregates or timber must be sold or removed from the allotment site.
9. Every allotment holder shall weed and sufficiently manure and cultivate their allotment to keep up appearances and fertility of the site.
10. Allotment holders must take reasonable care to ensure boundary fences, gates, roadways, standpipes and other fittings provided for security and welfare remain undamaged.
11. No building or other structure may be erected on allotments or within the site without prior notification and approval of the trustees and must be
a) of a temporary nature, and b) for horticultural purposes only.
12. No allotment holder shall let or sub-let or assign their allotment or any part thereof, as procedures to split and reallocate allotments are in place.
13. Allotments are to be clearly defined and marked with the plot number at the front of the plot.
14. No allotment holder will deposit or allow rubbish or refuse to accumulate or remain on their plot or roadways.
15. Allotment holders must ensure any dogs brought onto the site are on a leash and are controlled.
16. Allotment holders motor vehicles brought onto the site are to be driven at walking pace and parked only in the car park. Any large vehicle access must be cleared with the committee before entering the site.
17. Allotment holders shall only be permitted access to the site through the locked entrance gate. Every allotment holder shall be issued with one key on the payment of a refundable deposit, returned when the key is surrendered on termination of tenancy for whatever reason.
18. Tenants persistently breaching any of these rules or found not upholding the objectives of the society as laid down in the constitution, or moving out with the immediate area may be liable to forfeit their tenancy. This notwithstanding the right of appeal to the membership in writing through the Chairman.
19. The Society may, with agreement of the plot holders, amend the size and orientation of both vacant and tenanted plots on the site to best utilise land to requirements, and make allowances to enter into special arrangements with allotment holders where necessary.