Friday, 27 April 2012
A Glasgow-led by the SNP would do more to encourage allotments in the city. The SNP has for many years been active in promoting the activity, as a healthy life choice.
The SNP group recognise the positive effects the use of allotments can have for groups, individuals and families. This view is shared by the many primary schools and hospitals who use allotments daily across the city as part of learning or rehabilitation initiatives.
Bailie Phil Greene, who worked with locals in his ward of Springburn on an allotment site, said: “Allotments are great for local communities, bringing people together to work the land and produce wholesome food for themselves and their families. It is a great form of exercise, which can form part of the “Green Gym” scheme, and helps to bring otherwise unproductive areas of land into use.
“My late colleague, Councillor George Roberts, was a keen supporter of allotments and provided a great deal of input to the development of Glasgow’s Allotment Strategy in 2010. Members such as myself and Councillor Graeme Hendry have worked hard to get resources and facilities for our local allotments and we will carry this good work forward after May’s elections.
"I have been able to help allotments such as Balornock and Springburn to access funding streams to help in maintenance and set up, and this is something that we would like to continue; to make it easier for community groups to identify and access the funding available which will help to expand the quantity and quality of allotments across the city.
“The Council’s Allotment Strategy is due for a refresh in 2013 – should the people elect the SNP next Thursday we will build on the good work of allotmenteers across Glasgow and help our city allotments to flourish”.