Summary of the day.
The training day was planned to encourage more city controlled allotment sites to become self-managed and offer good practice guidance to existing site managers; in an overall attempt to reduce running costs to the council.
The original planned venue proved to be of an inappropriate layout to accommodate the numbers wishing to attend and so Council Nursery was offered as an alternative venue which proved to be more than adequate.
There were workshops and feed-back on many issues during the morning session followed by lunch.
After lunch Alan Cavill the NAS South West Mentor gave a very informative talk. He had been invited to address the delegates due to his vast experience in setting up self-managed associations.
Unfortunately Tony Heeson and I were otherwise engaged at the Yorkshire Allotment Gardeners Federation AGM in York so we couldn’t attend.
I have since seen the feedback from delegates was very positive and very encouraging, the vast majority having said they had gained a lot from the event. Allan Cavill’s talk had proved to be both interesting and entertaining and our sincere thanks go to him.
I have since spoken to the LCC Allotments Officer who said the content was very good and very appropriate and felt that all delegates had benefitted by attending.
It is planned to do a follow up event in the future, specifically aimed at the issues which arose at the event.
Phil Gomersall, Publicity Officer, LDAGF