Saturday, November 1, 2014
   

"I saw nothing green expect in their little market garden. Their eyes were dazzeled when they came here."

New Victoria Gardens

"...There have been birthday celebrations, Halloween and Christmas times shared across different age groups. Not forgetting the barbeques. These have been really great, just seeing everyone's faces light up. It brings so many families together too."

Westthorn Allotments

"I love my apple tree, the dappled shade and different micro-climates in the gardens."

Beechwood Allotments

"We don't have a garden big enough at home so this is a way of getting fresh air and enjoying something."

Westthorn Allotments

"When l came on the plots l was by far the youngtest (45), now I'm the oldest (76)."

Terry - Mansewood Allotments

"The fees for one year in 1977 were £3 per plot, although the committee decided that pensioners should be able to garden rent free!"

Hamilton Hill Allotments

"I grew up with allotments - from a young child I was taken to allotments by my parents and grandparents. It's in my blood...."

Beechwood Allotments

"We had Christmas parties, bus runs and the men played dominoes and women knitted."

South Western Allotments

"It’s a hobby, it allows me come down on a daily basis to do what I like. It's just some l like to do."

Westthorn Allotments

"In the old days the men did the gardening and the ladies served tea. They'd ring a bell up at the hall..."

New Victoria Gardens

On choosing a favourite: "it has to be a strawberry... the sweetness and the juiciness... and a reminder of home as well... You can't beat some strawberries can you?"

Merrylee Allotments

"People who come new to Merrylee... it's not what they expect... so friendly... so relaxing."

Merrylee Allotments

"I like growing things and feeling the earth between my fingers."

Beechwood Allotments

"A lot of the previous plotters at Victoria Park worked in nearby shipyards and used their shipbuilding skills to build their greenhouses and huts."

Eric - Victoria Park Allotments

"For me it's about the challange of growing as much from my plot as possible."

Beechwood Allotments

"The social life for many of us is just as important as the vegetables."

Kelvinside Allotments

"Our motto is 'Grow it, pick it, cook it, eat it' "

Kennyhill Community Allotments

"As far as l know, l was the first female plotholder in her own right - that was 1987!"

New Victoria Gardens

"My love of gardening began as a child when I helped my father at his allotment."

High Carntyne Allotments

"Less welcome visitors were the advent of the New Zealand flatworms! This horrible alien species predates our earthworms and was first spotted in Scotland at the Julian Avenue Allotments"

Kelvinside Allotments

"We try to grow as organically as we can and sometimes we have too much of a harvest for one household....and donate surplus to friends, families and local charities."

Kelvinside Allotments

"We have been gardening here for nearly 100 years. It is hard work, but rewarding."

Merrylee Allotments

"This is a nice allotment. The people are so friendly and helpful."

New Allotmenter - Kennyhill Community Allotments

"It's the people who make the plots - make the plot what it is or what it could be.  It's up to the people working the plots."

Willie - Mansewood Allotments

"There are real characters who has been here for a while - there's lots of competition, but a lot of help too."

Westthorn Allotments

"A paradise on earth. It was thus that New Victoria Gardens impressed me from first sight. With my painting I have tried to convey something of this ideal; creative toil, harmony and peace amongst verdant abundance."

Avril Paton - New Victoria Gardens

"My love of gardening began as a child when I helped my father at his allotment."

High Carntyne Allotments

"In the the early 1950s Willam Good brought he children to help out in his allotment.  'He made us whistle while we picked the peas' remembers his daugther Anne, 'So we would not eat them...'"

Kelvinside Allotments


"This garden has been built with love and hard work. The sweat and thought of many people have created something special. We are witnesses to beauty and fruitfulness. Rest here and renew yourself."


Kennyhill Community Allotment's bench plaque


"Lots of laughter over the years... as you can imagine, you get lots of characters ... lots of good banter."

Merrylee Allotments

"I remember in the austere early post-war years the prize for best plot was a pair of gentleman's socks or lady's stockings! Now the prize is a small cash reward."

Kelvinside Allotments

"Up until the '80's we used to get wild animal manure from the circus at Kelvin Hall.  Recently... tried bringing seaweed up from the coast, but that is a lot of hard work."

Eric - Victoria Park Allotments

"In the past, I've had so many daffodils at one time, the old folks home, (where my mother-in-law was a resident), used to have a daffodil tea."

Terry - Mansewood

"It was mainly older men when I joined, but now there's more women, which means a much wider varitey of things are grown and there is a much more holistic approach, especially to wildlife."

Beechwood Allotments

"I'd lived here all my life and never knew it was there - you step through a wee door into a magical green space."

New Victoria Gardens

"Open day is really good. It gives you the chance to show off your prize possessions"

Westthorn Allotments

"I have fond memories of my grandfather sitting...disbudding the chrysanthemums... I just love growing chrysanthemums."

Merrylee Allotments

"It's an escape from the routine at home, and away from it all. I don't take my mobile to the allotment."

Beechwood Allotments

"Bert was renowed for his potatoes, John and Marion worked hard to build the community and 'Nonnie' was a remarkable women who didn't bat an eyelid at carrying a big bag of compost under each arm!"

Trinley Brae Allotments

"At a meeting in May 1978, Mr Drury 'suggested that we hold a social dance in the future. The committe greeted this idea with great enthusiasm' and the date was set for the second week in August."

Hamilton Hill Allotments

"Some people love custard on their rhubard...personally, I prefer a thick layer of well rotted manure..."

High Carntyne Allotments


"The circus was at Queens Park Recreation Ground for a week or two... A load of elephant dung went into that plot."

Willie - Mansewood Allotments

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