On the edge of the Southside of Glasgow, Mansewood High Allotments is a place where the local community have grown fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs since 1951.
How is it organised?
The site is run directly by its plotholders who rent a growing space there in the form of the Mansewood Allotment Association. This association rents the growing space from Glasgow City Council and all plotholders are members of this, by default.
Every year, at the AGM, a new association committee is elected, with officer roles elected. These volunteer officers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the site and for coordinating maintenance, woodchip and manure deliveries, and pest control. As Mansewood is focused on community, all plotholders are expected to carry out at least 4 hours of community work on the site each growing year.
Having a plot on the site
Mansewood has every size of allotment plot that the city offers, from full-size and half-plots, down to quarter-size. In all there are over 50 plots on the site, with plans to potentially expand the site in the future. Plotholders rent their growing space from Glasgow City Council, via the Association, paying a yearly missive fee and an association membership fee. The missive fee is dependent on your size of plot and is usually between £40 to £10. The association membership fee is £10, and this includes the cost of free woodchip and manure that is delivered throughout the year.
When you are given a plot, you agree to abide by the bye-laws of the allotment and the rules, in addition, to agreeing to make sure that your plot is worked to a reasonable standard throughout the year. Allotments can take a lot of work, so you need to be committed!
The Chrysanthemum Cup and Spirit of Mansewood Trophy
Every year, at our traditional Open Day, two special trophies are awarded, with the plotholders deciding who gets the award. The Chrysanthemum Cup is given to the plot which is considered the most beautiful. The Spirit of Mansewood Trophy is awarded to the plotholder who's put in the most communal effort on site over the year.