Summer house demand could rise under allotment scheme

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Keen gardeners in Scotland may look to invest in quality garden buildings like summer houses or log cabins following the launch of a new allotment scheme.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is currently drawing up plans for the initiative, which would see volunteer gardeners trained to provide help and support to people wishing to set up their own allotment-style gardens, the Scotsman reported.

Ian Edwards, head of exhibitions and events at the garden, told the newspaper that the idea came about following talks with the Allotments Society.

He said discussions had revealed a skills shortage among people who are assigned allotments in Edinburgh, with about half giving up on their projects after the first year or otherwise having the plots taken off them because of a lack of necessary skills.

"We get people approaching us for help all the time, we have a lot of requests from community groups - schools, nurseries and retirement homes - but we're too busy to help people much," added Mr Edwards.
"[By] training up a group of mentors, this way we can respond more positively."

Posted by Martin Corby   - 21 January 2011
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