Saturday, 17 December 2011

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr nuair a thig e..

...bhon a h-uile duine aig Comann Cuibhreannan Inbhir Narann Inbhir Narann

A Merry Christmas and a happy New Year when it comes from everyone at
Nairn Allotment Society

Enjoy whatever else you have with your sprouts!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Allotment lecture September 1846

From the Nairnshire Mirror of Sep 19th 1846. Picture should enlarge a little.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Mill Road Sweet Peas 20th November

Still going strong

getting started on the showbench

this is the title of book for beginners and is a guide to growing and showing vegetables, but would be of use to those of you that are growing for the table, remember the veg for showing you can eat as well so you can put it in to the show and then take it back to cook, i got the book while i was down at the scottish branch seminar of the national vegetable society, their aim is to help us grow quality vegetables not just for showing but for the table as well, i am sure we all want to grow the best we can and produce good results, after all the work we put in to our growing of the crops in the first place. we have local shows around the town so why not have a go for the 2012 season even if you only put a few veg in it helps these shows carry on, added to the satisfaction of knowing you have grown your own veg from seed that you have sown, the inportance of these local shows is not only do they showcase the growing of fruit vegetables flowers but the other arts and crafts that are about, some of them could die out if it were not for the folk who are keeping them going, all the more reason to support these shows and for the groups who run them, over the last few years more and more folk want to have the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables so this is other way of promoting the growing of fruit vegetables and flowers.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Cracking night with Alan Romains, Archie and Donald

£450 raised on Saturday night in the Community Centre with Alan Romains top of the bill, not forgetting local horticulturalists Donald and Archie. Expenses to come off ye thowever Special thanks to all who helped with the lovely baking, manning stalls selling raffle tickets, and all who attended.
It was a great way to spend a Saturday night :-)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

BIG Bloomers coming to the High Street Tues 15th November

BIG BLOOMERS is opening on Tuesday 15th Nov at 49 high street nairn. Lots of fresh flower displays some artificial ones and various unusual vases.
Bobbi was the lady selling the flower baskets at Sandown this year and will now be opening her first shop.
Pop in for a look.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Plot 7 Working group - message from Mandy

The A-team strike again and plot 7 looks fab going into winter.Thank you to all the gang who not only helped today but have helped over the last season with the plot and all our work parties. You know who you all are. A big thank you from Mandy and Karen and the rest of the committee. Will work on my soup recipes for next time.

Plot 7 Working group


Sunday, 30 October 2011

Mill Road open for Scottish Gardens Scheme in 2012

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 5pm 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.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

garden club

just a reminder we do have a local garden club and welcome new members to join us the garden club has a wide programme for the year and it runs from march to december membership for a year costs £7 50 or you could pay £1 50 on a night you would to go. what does the garden club do? well its a good place to meet like minded folk and learn something new it promotes gardening for all ages, their is a link on this webpage to the garden club why not have a look and see what we have to offer you.

Thanks to everyone who voted...

...for us in the RBS Community Force bid. Especially since you had to go through the hassle of registering with the site before you could show your support. We'll know by November the 3rd if we are going to get any funding.

Society seeks funding for Sandown Development (phase 2)

Mill Road is full of folk who came off the Nairn Allotment Society waiting list and now the waiting list has grown considerabley once again, the Society has applied for "Leader" matched funding to enable another 39 plots to go ahead at Sandown. If the application is approved then the decision will be known in December. Now is a good time to join the waiting list. It is up in the early twenties now and will probably rise considerably once word spreads of the Sandown plan. Even if the list goes past 39 however there still may be a chance for you should this application be approved - as with Mill Road, circumstances will dictate that one or two people will drop off the list as plots become available.
The application was revealed at the Society's meeting last night were members discussed a programme of events for 2012 and other options to obtain plots in Nairnshire even should the Sandown plan get the go-ahead. There are still tickets available for the Alan Romains tattie talk and gardeners question time on Sat 12th of November in the Community Centre - see post below.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Famous Tattie Guru coming to Nairn

Nairn Allotment Society present the famous tattie Guru Mr Alan Romans.

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

Friday, 30 September 2011

Training session Sat 29th October

Next training session with Robert will be on Sat 29th of Oct. Content will include what to do on your plots over winter, and what you can be growing in your polytunnel.

We haven't discussed venue yet- will let you know nearer the time. In the meantime don't forget to vote Cludgie Party - deatails below.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Time to vote for the Cludgie Party! Please.

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.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Bulb planting Saturdays 24th Sep and 1st Oct - help needed.

Please can anyone volunteer to help plant bulbs at various sites in Nairn. Turf will be lifted or furrows will be opened to help the operation.

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.

Many thanks


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Monday, 29 August 2011

Bulb planting volunteers wanted

Keeping Nairn Colourful are looking for volunteers to plant bulbs at various locations on various dates to be confirmed in and around Nairn.
More details on this site later.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Soirbheas reic á ciste-chàir - Car Boot Sale Success

£201.00 raised on the Maggot earlier today. Thanks to all who helped or donated goods or just came down to add to the great atmosphere down there today. The rain stayed off and we were quite warm in the sun most of the time. Customers and booters went away happy too. Individual pictures here and full screen slideshow here.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Boot Sale tomorrow The Maggot 12-4 C'mon down!

Karen would like to take this opportunity to remind folk that we have a Car Boot sale down at the Maggot tomorrow from 12-4pm.
Pop along to grab yourself a bargain- Faye has 18 cars booked in so far!!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Open day fund-raising success!

Firstly many thanks to all who made the two Open Days such a resounding success. Thanks to all who helped, who contributed, who came along & bought goodies and who helped clear up!!

Mill RoadTotal £ 599.28

Sandown £ 437.10

Total over 2
events £ 1036.38

Truly a fantastic result.

We still have some chicken licken squares to sell- will continue to do that until fully sold. So if you haven't managed to buy from our chief salesperson Benjamin, just get in touch....3 squares for £1- 3 chances to win sunday lunch!!

Many thanks again Karen and the committee

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Gardener's Question Time 10th September

Gardeners' Question Time in aid of Forres, Nairn & District group RDA. It's on sat 10th sept at Nairn Community Centre at 10.30am. On the panel are Frances Pringle, Donald McBean and Colin Munro- it's chaired by Archie McLaren. Tickets cost £10. For details on how to get your ticket contact Catriona Monro on 01807 500 253.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Rainy day success

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.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

More A team thanks

Thanks to the A team for planting over 100 tubs of herbaceous plants to sell on open day.
Mandys plot, now looks like the local garden centre.
Looking forward to the events at the weekend and thanks again to those involved for their continued support.

Mandy and the committee.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

showtime starts

its the start of the shows and our first was the nairn show and i was happy with my results, our next show will be our garden club show which is on the 13th august it is an open show and we welcome all comers so please come along for a good day out why not have a go at showing its fun look out for our schedule their is something for everyone, we look forward too seeing you their.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Forthcoming events - Open Days and boot sale in August

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

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

the a team strike again

last night we had other working group on the sandown site and got a good bit done many thanks too you all, just goes too show when you all work together you can get a lot done still some work too get it finished but we get their in the end, got some weeding done on my own plot tonight the weather over the few days has made the weeds grow like mad.

Friday, 15 July 2011

working groups at sandown

this week has been very busy for us at sandown we have had two working groups down too help out with two of the plots, and tremendous amount of work was done many thanks too those who helped us with this task some good allotment spirit shown and again other aspect of allotment life folk getting too know one other while helping someone else out good too see folks, the weather was kind too us for both of nights and again many thanks too mandy and karen for the teas and coffee very much appreciated by all on both nights, word has it the two of you are starting a tearoom on the site we will never get our plots done. lol
once again many thanks folks

garden club vist

last night we had our local garden club come and vist us at sandown allotments the weather was kind too us, and a lot of positive comments from the group which was very encouraging for us and shows we are moving in the right direction in the way we are running the site at sandown and also our new site at millroad, the garden club will support us in our efforts as we will support them were we can one of the ways we can do this is too support their annual flower show which is on the 13th august, we need too keep these local shows going the farmers show has an allotment section in it so why not have go at that one as well. thanks too mandy and karen for the teas and coffee and home bakes spot on with that a great night was had by one and all.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Opening day Mill Road - Carol's pictures

Nairn Show Schedules

Members wishing to participate in the Horticultural or flower sections or any other section of the Nairn Show can find schedules here. Contact Karen to see about getting your items to the show if you are unable to deliver yourself.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The buffet looked fab and a great day was had by all

Who is the bonnie lot on the front of this weeks Nairnshire. ohh that would be us. a huge thank you to all involved in open day from both sites. a huge thank you for all donations, the buffet looked fab and a great day was had by all.thank you all once again. the committee.

Now its time to whip Sandown into shape for open day.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Recyling ethos to the fore at Mill Road

Munntir nan lios a' toirt taic do chac a chèile -
Pictures from Carol, she says: "Simply a good example of us all working together to help each other. This beautiful wee shed is built from scratch using re-cycled wood. The finished product is superb!"

Monday, 4 July 2011

Erection of polytunnels

Judging the plots 2011

This years judges will be Colin Green and John Crossman and they will be having a look at the plots on the 17th and 18th of this month. Prizes as usual for the best plot and the most imporved plot. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The Secret Gardeners revealed.

We should have known that it would be Brownies lending a hand.
The girls from 1st Tradespark Brownies have been busy at Sandown working for their Gardener's badge and have been responsible for all the lovely hanging basket and barrel displays.
Tonight was also special for two brand new Brownies, who took their promise by the pond in plot 7.
Since tonight was the last night of term, the girls were treated to a sauasge sizzle for all their hard work- well deserved too!

Pics- Jilli Henderso

Individual pictures here and full screen slideshow here.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Polytunnel Activity Mill Road Saturday 25/06/11

Saturday saw a hive of activity at Mill Road as a team of Sandown & Mill road plotters finished the first poly tunnel. Weather depending, the team will be back in action tomorrow to attend to the other tunnel.

Our newest wee plotter Penny wasn't really impressed by all this work- she was far too busy enjoying the sunshine and charming all those around her.

Pics by John Henderson

Sunday, 19 June 2011

weeding and watering

busy time of the year for us all the weeds grow at a tremendous speed so its a case of keeping on top of them a case of keeping your hoe on the go even if you do not see any weeds it pays too go over your soil, the other thing we have too keep an eye on is the watering more so in your polytunnel and greenhouse as they can dry out very fast, i have still some things in the greenhouse that need too be planted out i have planted out one lot of lettuce and have more too do.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Troubled with midges?

Avon skin so soft spray available at £3.00 bottle. It doesnt stop the midges entirely but is a great deterent.

contact mandy, via website, if you would like a bottle

Monday, 13 June 2011

Secret gardeners in action again

Our secret gardeners have been at it again. Billy noted the lovely Spring displays in the barrels a couple of months ago- and look at them now. Lovely summer bedding to bring a bit of cheer to your day. Not only that, but outside Des's plot there are heaps of squirrel and bird feeders and hanging baskets have been hung along the length of the lane.

We may have to wait a couple of weeks to find out who our kind hearted secret gardeners are so watch this space!!

Compost training with Robert

The first of a series of training sessions organised by Nairn Allotment Society

Sunday, 12 June 2011

compost talk

On the plot yesterday and I went along too the talk on compost making which is an art in itself. Robert was very good and he knows his stuff a good demonstration was given and I liked the way he showed how too make up layers in your compost, what to put it and the stuff you leave out. One of the plotholders from Millroad took her worm composting set-up along which was amazing and again other form of composting your green waste and kitchen waste. The end product was some very good compost you also get the run off from it as well, which you can use, so two for the price of one, perhaps worth looking at if we are trying too cut down on what goes into landfill. Food for thought for us all too think about. Robert has more training days coming up look out for them well worth going along to hear his talks also good demonstrations of methods. so a big thank you too Robert and Janet.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Society clothing items

Mandy will be submitting a small order on Saturday if anyone wishes to obtain any items containing the society logo. See this post for further details of clothing items available

First Training session for allotment holders - 11th June

The first training session will commence at Sandown on the 11th of June at 11 a.m. The entire course will consist of six sessions.

Non-members may attend too on payment of £10 per session. E-mail if you are not a member of the society and would like to attend.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Weds 01 june meeting shifts to Waverley Hotel

Details of agenda below for the Mill Rd meeting on weds.

In view of this very changeable & cold weather, instead of using the shed, we'll meet at the Waverley Hotel instead.
Please remember to bring your time sheets - don't worry if you can't remember exact dates- we have a note so can help with that.
Many thanks

The Committee

Nairn Allotment Society
Meeting 1.6.11 at 7.30pm Waverley Hotel Nairn

1- Welcome & apologies

2- Chair’s report

3- Treasurer's report

4- Work to be completed

5- Final Inspection- Leader+

Time sheets

6- Secretary- Open Day & fundraising

7- Rota & site maintenance

8- Site security- gates & padlocks

9- Notice board entries

10- Dogs on site

11- AOB

12- Close

Friday, 27 May 2011

Now available - Fleeces, hoodies, Polos with allotment society logo

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.

Meeting for Mill Road allotment holders

Weds 1st june, 7.30pm at Mill Road.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Mill Road pictures 16/05/11

Greenhouse Glass for sale

Mandy has greenhouse glass in all shapes and sizes for sale at £2.00 a pane if anyone is interested. contact her through website e-mail address for further details.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Hanging baskets wanted for Brownie project

Hello Folks,

We have a local Brownie Group coming to Sandown over the next few weeks to do some badge work.

We wondered if any of you might have old hanging baskets that you no longer have a use for. If so, could you please drop them off to the Sandown site. If you could leave them by the barrels on the way to the Eco-loo that would be just great. If you have no means of delivering- please call (or contact via the web-site e-mail) and we can arrange collection.

Many thanks for your help

Karen & Mandy

Fruit trees planted - thanks to all helpers with the work projects

Thanks to Billy for this picture of some of the fruit trees planted last night. The committee really appreciate all the help with the various ongoing projects to finish off the Mill Road site. Karen will be picking up the bedding plants for the barrels next so watch out for details of when that task goes ahead.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Annual Scottish Allotments Confernce 2011

Anyone want to go? See Secretary's report here for an idea of what will be debated. Workshops are held at each meeting too. The meeting will be held on the 18th of June in the Victoria Halls Dunblane.
If members are interested in going the Society can make travel arrangements. Anyone interested use the society e-mail address to obtain a booking form.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Mill Road lodger

Murray captured these pictures of the latest resident in Mill Road that has moved in to take advantage of the wildlife areas. A warm welcome to the latest addition to the team and here's wishing you all the slugs you want this summer!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Plant sale success

Message from our indefatigable treasurer Karen.

"Total so far- with maybe one more sale pending!! £153.75 Thanks to all who contributed and/ or bought plants."

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Spare gardening tools needed for good cause

Hello Folks,

Wonder if any of you can help here.

Have been approached from a chap from a charity working with adults and young people who have additional support needs. They are trying to set up a gardening "club" and are in need of garden tools.

If any of you have spare or old garden equipment that is still in good condition, but that you no longer need or want, please could you consider donating to them. You can leave your donations against the gate of plot 16 (Sandown) and I'll see that they are delivered.

Could we say that we'll collect through out the month of May?

Many thanks for your help


Saturday, 30 April 2011

Still some plants available - Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers

Message from Karen today 30/4:

Have them in my polytunnel plot 16. Will be there tomorrow morning from about 9am-11am but will put plants outside my plot gate with an honesty box. 50p tomato- 50p for 2chillies/peppers- £1 cucumber/courgette.

There are those wee plastic greenhouses at Mill rd, so folk could keep them in there until their polytunnels go up this coming week. If they put the plants out during the day, and back into the shed at night, they should be ok I think.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Mill Road - work parties needed to help finish jobs on the site

Message from Karen:

Thanks for getting folk on Monday night and many thanks to all who came along to plant the bank. Carol has kindly offered to look after the azaleas until they can be planted on the other slope.However there are more jobs to attend to so more work parties required please.

1- Dig over the bed for apple trees where plot 30 was going to be. This is the wee triangular bed beside Jill & Kevin on plot1.

2- Dig over the edge of plot 29- where the posts have been positioned for the espalier apple trees. Just a metre or so border- which we can mark off clearly.

3- plant the rosa rugosa hedging. ( needs to come out of my plot & go in to Mill Rd as quickly as this weekend.Plant sale tomorrow so that is out of the question- but jobs 1 & 2 could be got on with until we get the hedging in at the weekend.

Many thanks Karen. PS Trees are all ordered and could be here this week or next so we do need the soil prepared for them.Thank you


Sandown plotholders welcome, others on the waiting list and supporters. Watch website for details or ask at Mill Road in the passing.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Plant sale 27th at Plot 7 Sandown start 7.30 p.m.

A message from Mandy - Please spread the word to members and supporters

Hi, just to remind you all of our plant sale at sandown plot 7 on wed night next week. FROM 7.30 PLEASE DONT ARRIVE EARLY AS WE ARE WORKING THAT DAY AND WILL NEED TIME TO SET UP.THANKS.

Lots of plants for sale. those of you who have spare etc could you pop along tuesday night with them from 5 oclock until 7 please.

Those home bakers out there if you get a chance some home baking would be good too.

We will also have a small stall of craft items(lady bug earrings, flower cards , Jewellery, vases, garden related etc.

Please take plenty of change with you
See you all there Weds 27th 7.30 at Plot 7

Tea and Coffee will be available but can we ask you take along your own cup if you can as there won't be too many paper cups.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Millroad site

Millroad site is looking good, not much more work to be done on it, then its up to the plotholders to make a start on their plots, some folk have made a start which is good to see, and quite a few young ones as well which is alsogood to see. I have been busy with our plot at Sandown planting tatties and onion sets cauliflower carrots and beetroots, its the start of a new growing year for us all we will hope the weather is kind to us and that we get a good harvest for our labour, the tulips I planted behind our polytunnel are now starting to flower and it should be a nice display for us. I have got a few golden hop plants from the plant I have. Other things I have doing are sowing some annual flowers this will bring some colour to our plot and provide food for the bees.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Health & Safety issues etc - rules

It won't be long before you will all be let loose on Mill Road but please bear in mind the contractors are still working on the site, delivering top soil and spreading it out. Henry Sleighs team will be biulding the raised beds and making rails for the steps and also a fence at the top of the banks by the shed. We are awaiting for Dennis Smith to start the fence this week and after that everyone can get going. Please do not move any of the markers on site, and those of you that have gone down and started to work the ground please take care when the contractors vehicles are on site and stay well out of their way for your own health and safety and that of the contractors.

The following rules have been put together for our new site and will be adhered to on all new sites run by Nairn Allotment Society.

















Sunday, 3 April 2011

photo from today - Sandown site

taken today (03/04/11) at our Sandown allotment site

A colourful site

What a grand job was done at the Sandown allotment site. The tubs that were planted up are looking good, many thanks to all those who helped to plant them, it just goes to show what some flowers can to do, it lifts your spirit to see this display of colour it makes you want to plant more flowers, something i had already done not that long ago behind our polytunnel I have planted tulips and alliums this should make for a good display, also outside our plot I have planted more alliums not only are they good for us to look at but the bees will get food from the as well, so I will be bringing more flower power to the site in my planting, why not join in its fun and just look at the rewards it brings to us all, a happy growing season to all plotholders - lets grow!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Agenda for next meeting 30th March



6. A.O.B

All members (Mill Road, Sandown, Brae, associates) welcome plus anyone supporting the aims of the Society.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Friday, 11 March 2011

date for your diary

veg growing for highland gardens 13th april araichan garden and nursery lochness side 2pm to4pm book on 01463 861232 this may be of help to anyone who is just starting out with an allotment or garden.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Mill Road site - the mid-eighties

Railway enthusiast Lee Ayling has recently published pictures of trains crossing the Railway Bridge in Nairn, taken from the mid to late eighties by the look of them. One of these pictures gives us a chance to see a part of the Mill Road site at that time. The Council Garden squad shed and greenhouse can clearly be seen plus some cultivated land next to the railway embankment. See the image here on Flickr.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

An angle on the new shed

One of Nairn's growing band of photographers that display their work on Flickr has posted a very good image of the Mill Road shed. You can see it here.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Starting from scratch

Mandy has drawn up a list of potentially useful books and magazines in response to requests from a few of the Mill Road contingent. Here they are:

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

Also Magazines:

Garden Weekly

Grow your own

Kitchen Garden

Amatuer Gardening

Friday, 18 February 2011

Minutes for the Mill Road Meeting 16th February 2011

Minutes for the Mill Road Meeting held on the 16th Feb 2011 in The Waverley Hotel, Nairn.

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 Mill Road at the site looks great already. Henry will be ploughing the site once it is more level and will use a cultivator on the site also. After that we will call on volunteers from the waiting list to help us all mark out the plots and paths so that Henry can then start with the paths. The shed will be erected in the next couple of weeks also. Dennis Smith has ordered all the fencing materials and we hope to have all this work completed by the middle of March. Dick had mentioned to the council that the graveyard wall is crumbling and really needs repointing.

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 Mill Road tenants think about this and get back to us.

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 9pm.

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday the 16th March in Waverley Hotel at 7.30.

Sheds and Tools - a great offer

Scott Macrae has a contact with Homebase in Elgin who are offering us a great discount on sheds that are 6’ x 4’ in size. Mandy has emailed everyone she has email addresses for to contact her by Monday 21st February if they are interested.

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.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

John's Allotment pictures taken 13/02/11

Thanks John

See slightly larger individual pictures here on the Nairn Allotments flickr pages
Also a new recipe posted today on the recipe page.

TBI Potato Day - Sunday 6th of March

TBI (Transition Black Isle)

It will be held on Sunday 6th March from 1pm to 4pm at:
Findon Hall

They say:

"We're planning to have 50+ varieties of seed potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, seed and plant swaps, a TBI stand... and anything else we or you can think of that is related. If you want a stand you can have it free. We plan to have teas / refreshments etc. Will be providing info on potato varieties, growing potatoes, might even manage a talk or two but no promise on that."

Contact here for further information

Compost offer - MacLeod organics

50 litre bags of organic compost
£6 each or 2 for £10.

Contact their Office number: 01667 46255
or e-mail: for further details

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Millroad allotment site, Viewfield allotment site

Has anyone got photos of these two sites when they were in use? I would be very interesting to see them, anyone had a plot on these sites it would be good to hear from them, as to what was grown on them and also soil conditions on both sites. If you can help please get in touch with us.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mill Road - the Press Release

Press Release

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:

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Mill road allotment site

Well it was good to see a start has been made on the site today, and the site looks big now it has been cleared, I will get a better look after work the new plotholders will be eager to start planing their plots, and what tools they will need this will be the start of exciting times for them, and of course we will give advice if they need it. Lots of work for them to do in the first year. as the plots will just be marked out then they can put up their own fence.

Update: A couple of pictures available now here on this flickr page

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Mill Road

I had a look at the Mill Road site again today and took some photos of it, this is before work starts on it to clear the ground. There will be photos taken as the work goes on and right up to the stage where plotholders take on their new plots.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Computer recycling scheme for groups and organisations

The Society has received the following message from the Council's allotment officer:
Please see information below about a new scheme for recycling computer equipment which might be of benefit. My apologies if you’ve already seen this, but I want to make sure it’s distributed as widely as possible. Please feel free to pass it on to any groups or organiation who may benefit.

The Council has entered into a contract with Fujitsu to replace its computer equipment over a 5 year period. As part of this both organisations wish to benefit the local community by distributing 7000 PC units* over the lifetime of the project through a recycling partnership with ReBOOT. ReBOOT is a computer recycling social enterprise based in Moray and a registered charity.

Fujitsu are funding ReBOOT to provide this service and ReBOOT in turn will provide a range of training opportunities for different groups. ReBOOT are establishing a facility in Inverness to carry out this service.

It is proposed that the refurbished machines should be available to voluntary and community based organisations operating in the Highland area. This could include charities, social enterprises, community councils and clubs or groups such as Scout or Guide groups.

Should your organisation wish to be considered for one of the refurbished computers, we ask that you complete a short survey. The information that you provide will assist us in prioritising the distribution and will be used solely for this purpose. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

The survey is available electronically on survey monkey and can be accessed at the following link:

If you are unable to complete the survey electronically or know of any organisations who may wish to be considered for this programme but are not on email, paper versions of the survey can be provided by contacting the Policy Team on 01463 702006.

The closing date for responses is Friday 25th February.

Thank you.

* One unit is either a PAT tested computer and monitor or laptop with: certificate of authenticity; anti-virus software; Open Source office programme and; a 3 month return to base warranty with ReBOOT. Additional support after 3 months will be available from ReBOOT.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Minutes Nairn Allotment Society Meeting. 19.1.11

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

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

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.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Mill Road allotments

Well it should not be long now before work starts on the millroad site, these will be exciting times for those on the waiting list who will get their first plot, and of all the benefits they will get from it. Not just fresh air but the knowledge that they have grown their own fruit and veg, we had a look around the site again at the weekend and there are a lot of birds in the trees around the site which is good to see, the rose hedge in front of the site is to stay as this is good cover for the birds also when it has rose hips they will provide food for them as well, and we will be planting to encourage wildlife as well.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

"Hospital and care home gardens could grow food"

"The grounds of care homes and hospitals could be used to grow fruit and vegetables to help reduce the amount of produce transported from miles away.

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."

More on the BBC site.

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.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Plot Rules & Regs

Here's a copy of the Society's Allotment rules, everyone gets a copy when signing up for a plot with the society but the committee thought it would be a good thing to put a copy up on line too.

1) Each allotment plot shall be let on a yearly basis beginning on 1st January annually or at other times on initial allocation.

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.