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RGU ride to the rescue

Plotters may have noticed that recently the volunteer squad have been struggling to keep up with the frequent wood-chip deliveries and the piles have been encroaching on the paths and car park areas.

So it was great when Colin from RGU offered to bring over their tractor, ‘on the next wet day,’ to push back the piles. Thanks go to Anne (Plot 92a) for facilitating this – and to Colin of course.

Dear Santa, can we please have ….

New Dobies Catalogue and Code

Autumn’s here and so is the new Dobies’ Seed Catalogue. Copies are now available in the Octagon.

New plotters may not be aware that GFAA is a member of the Dobies’ Group Scheme. Under this scheme, GFAA plotters get a 40% discount on all seeds ordered by post, online or by telephone, or 10% on all other non-seed orders. (Please note this is Dobies with one “b” and not Dobbies – the garden centre with the local branch in Aberdeen.

To get the discount you must quote the unique to GFAA code when you place your order. Forget to use the code as you order and no discount is possible. The current code is available with the catalogues in the Octagon. Past codes will no longer work. If you can’t get by the Octagon, but want to order online, drop me an email and I will send the code by return (gfaawebhelper@gmail.com.)

GFAA gets a payment of 10% of all orders placed for our funds, making this a win-win for plotters and the Association. Orders go directly to your home address in individual deliveries. What’s not to like?

Dobies Group Scheme Bonus

GFAA funds have benefited to the tune of £30.87 from our Dobies bonus payment for the season ending September 2019. That is a wee bit down on last year, but still makes a welcome contribution to our funds: you know what they say – every little helps.

Please note that our new catalogues and plotter’s discount code will be issued in the next few weeks, but in the meantime the old code will NOT work. Please wait for the issue of the new code before ordering.

Next year will be the third year we have been members of the scheme. The arrangements are the same. Plotters receive a 40% discount on all seed orders and 10% on other items bought and GFAA get a 10% bonus payment on the total value of the orders placed.

Seed Swapping – online

Michael Knight got in touch recently asking is anyone would be interested in joining a free to use an online seed swap website he has developed.

Sounds like a good idea? Check it out for yourselves via the link above.

Research opportunity

Dr. Anja Byg of the Hutton Institute has been in touch and Garthdee plotters are invited to participate in this research project.

I am writing to you as part of a research project carried out by social scientists from the James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Rural College. The research focuses on ways of managing soils and biodiversity in Scotland. As part of this research project, we are looking for people who are growing things at different scales from garden owners and allotment holders to farmers and other land owners/managers and who would be willing to be interviewed by one of our team. The interview would take around one-and-a-half hours and would take place at a time and place convenient to you. It would focus on what you do on your plot, your experiences as well as your more general views on nature, biodiversity and soils. No specific knowledge, expertise or kind of approach is required to take part in the interview only a willingness to share your experiences with us. Attached is some more information about the research. We would be grateful if you could let us know if you would be interested in taking part and if you could pass on this email and attached information to other plot holders at the Garthdee Field Allotment Association. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Interested plotters can contact Stuart or Michael for more details.

Club 10 come calling

It was great to welcome members of Club 10 on their return to harvest from their raised bed. Didn’t they do well!

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