Allotment talk for club

Friockheim and District Garden Club met recently in the village school in a joint get-together with Friockheim Historical Society.

The subject of the meeting was a talk by Jenny Mollison from Musselburgh on ‘The History of Allotments in Scotland’.

Mrs Mollison explained how allotments originated in the narrow gardens of Scottish towns in the 17th century and developed into the eagerly sought-after plots that are a feature of current townscapes. In the late 19th century, allotments were seen as providing moral improvement, but today they are more recreational and social in their provision.

Mrs Mollison showed pictures of some ingenious methods used by inventive holders to improve the facilities at their allotments. The vote of thanks was proposed by Tom Carcary, historical society president. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 16, when there will be a talk and demonstration on wine-making. There will also be a spring plant swap.