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BBQ + Date for your Diaries

GFAA Outdoor Classroom/Wheelchair-Accessible Toilet Opening and Late Summer Barbecue 

Saturday 9th September 2016 

from 12.00 pm

Plotters and our volunteers, along with their families and friends, are invited to our Opening Event and Late Summer Barbecue at the community orchard area of the Garthdee Field Allotments Site.

The opening ceremony with drinks will take place from 12.00-12.30 with the BBQ to follow immediately.

Please bring your preferred BBQ food and drink.

Entertainment will include a French Boules Competition, a Children’s Treasure Hunt, Live Music and (back by popular demand) Vinnie’s Trailer Tours.

There will be a Raffle with proceeds going to GFAA and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Donations for the raffle will be gratefully received by

Gill Earle (Plot 64), Stuart Oram (Plot 8) or Norman Coutts (Plot 81)

Please send any queries or offers of help on the day to Gill Earle – g.earl20@btinternet.com / 07951021319.  Offers to loan BBQs, gazebos, chairs or picnic tables would be especially helpful.

Identifying our trees

In support of the It’s Your Neighbourhood 2017 theme – Birds, Bees and Trees – we have begun to survey and identify the trees around our site.

Marion (Plot 88) has created a prototype of a label we could use to identify each tree for interested plotters and visitors.

However, we need your help.  Can we have suggestions please as to materials and finishes that might be used to weather-proof the labels?

Sunday Special!

All are welcome at our Community Sunday this Easter weekend from 1100, for any of you who are not otherwise committed.

As usual, tea and cakes will be served at 1230. Rumour has it that some small easter eggs may be found on the site – however, any adults hoping to find one must be in the company of a responsible junior person.

Thanks to all who responded to our call for ideas to rework the current wildflower meadow. Ideas were shared across the spectrum, though there was a significant majority for retaining the wildflower meadow with additional butterfly attracting flowering herbaceous plants at the rim of the area. With a little dry weather, we should be able to make a start to clear the majority of weeds in this area on Sunday.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday,
Best Regards
Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

Dear Plotters

The Its Your Neighbourhood theme for 2017 is “Birds, Bees and Trees”, and your committee has been pondering whether the site of the wildflower meadow can be reformed to reflect this theme.

Wild Flower Garden in Year 2

The meadow has been in place for 3 years, and the site was initially too rich to prevent grasses and weeds from overcoming the wild flowers. We have time this spring to rework this area (starting with digging out the current grasses and weeds), and would appreciate your ideas on what should replace it:

1 Wildflower meadow resown
2 Herbaceous border with bee-friendly flowers
3 Shrubs and perennial plants (bee friendly)
4 Set back to grass
5 Other (please specify!)

PLEASE RESPOND TO ME BY INDICATING THE NUMBER WHICH INDICATES YOUR PREFERENCE.

Replies appreciated if possible by end 31st March, so that we can prepare for action in the April Community Sunday.

Looking forward to your responses,

Best Regards

Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

We are going up in flames!

There will be a bonfire this Sunday morning at 10.00 am, to which you are all cordially invited.
The bonfire will take place in the upper (North) car park, so please park at either of the southern car parks on this day.

Ash from the bonfire (rich in potash) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis next week, after it has cooled and been tidied up.

This note is also a LAST CALL for WASTE WOOD for the bonfire. Please ensure it is piled on the heap at the North Car Park before 10.00 this Sunday.

Happy bonfire and good plotting, Michael