With over 100 plots and an extensive site, Garthdee Field takes quite a bit of looking after and needs a lot of regular maintenance. All of this work falls to the Association and much of it is done by the Committee and a small band of helpers. Any extra help from individual plotters or volunteer helpers will be very much welcomed. If you are not a plotter and interested in volunteering see our guide to volunteering.
There are two main ways to get involved. First you can come along to Community Sundays, held 11.00 – 12.30 on the third Sunday of each month. These are a great way to get to know other plotters and to enjoy working with others on regular maintenance tasks and special projects. Keep an eye on the website for monthly notifications.
Not everyone can manage a Sunday morning and so you may prefer to take on a regular task at a time of your own choosing. Here are some examples:
This is our version of painting the Forth Bridge. Keeping our paths free from mud requires constant attention. You will need a barrow, pick and spade. Collect road plannings from the South entrance, spade into the holes and stamp down. Excellent exercise on a cold day!
Keeping the bases the fruit tees and bushes in the Orchard weed-free this helps keep them healthy and productive. You will need a spade and a fork to cut around the base and remove and weeds before mulching with leaf-mould or compost if available.
Weeding the Raised Beds is an easy job, but very helpful as they are often looked after by groups like school pupils and individuals who cannot visit the site frequently. No special tools or knowledge needed, but please make sure you know your weeds from your onions before you pull them out!
Attending to the Wild Flower Area, weeding and dead-heading is a great help. If your expertise extends to cultivation and maintenance this would be ever better. This is a relatively new project for GFAA and we need the help of those you know about wild flower growing.
Keeping the Leaf-mould and wood-chips bays tidy and accessible is a big job if it is left to get out of hand. It is important to keep the bin for leaves accessible to Council vehicles or we are likely to lose this valuable resource. If you see a contractor has dropped wood-chips in the wrong place please move them. This is better done by a wee team. Better still a big team!
Fruit tree pruning and cultivation are specialist skills where we would appreciate help from anyone with knowledge and experience of summer or winter pruning and general good practice in the orchard. If you can help with advice or tasks, please contact Stuart in the first instance.
Keeping boundary trees free from new growth around their bases is a nice, easy and light job that requires no special skills. You will need a secateurs or loppers and a container or barrow to take way the shoots you remove. Please leave the cuttings at the top of the site if a bonfire is scheduled or remove them from the site entirely.
Keeping our Compostable Toilets spick and span and ready for use is eh, dirty work, but surprisingly, someone has got to do it as the toilet fairies never seem to turn up to do their bit. Checking it out inside and giving surfaces a quick wipe over helps as does emptying the wee container on the smaller loo. Please contact Stuart or Gill in the first instance for information on the latter task.
Cutting and weeding grass verges alongside paths is another big job made much easier if individual plotters ‘adopt’ the patch beside their own plot. You can use a shearers or there is a GFAA strimmer you can borrow if you prefer. The material collected makes an excellent addition to your compost heap.
Picking up litter around the site. You would be surprised just how much litter ends up on our site, especially along the Southern and Western boundaries. As well as the usual coke cans and the like over the year small branches and twigs accumulate and it is a great help if these can be picked up and removed from site on a regular basis. It’s also a great way to keep the kids amused.