Our first TAMS collection for the new season got off to a super start today with a haul of rhubarb, blackcurrants, gooseberries, beans, swedes and kale set out for pick up.
Thanks to all who contributed and volunteered surplus stuff. Remember TAMS collect every Thursday at 15.00 and net profits come back to GFAA to help fund our site maintenance activities.
The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) project is about to start its collections for the new season.
TAMS collects any surplus produce plotters want to see go to a good cause and sells it over the weekend. The profits generated are then returned to GFAA as a contribution to our running costs. It’s a real win-win arrangement. Leave your contributions by the Bothy please.
If you have stuff on your plot you want to donate but find it difficult to get down to put it out for TAMS collection drop an email to webhelper [at] gmail.com and we will arrange for the volunteer squad to pick it up and put it in place – but please be specific about what is to be taken!
I’d like to thank everyone who turned out to help on yesterday’s Community Sunday, plotters and friends from RGU and MacMillan – indeed even Mr Toad Jnr! With so many hands available we got through a tonne of tasks and the new style General Meeting generated all sorts of good ideas for funding, better gardening and wider community engagement. It was super to see so many old hands and new faces on the day. Thanks to all who managed along and for the bakers and makers who produced such a wonderful spread for the coffee and cake session.
It’s a great pleasure to welcome our most recent volunteer, Gordon Mitchell. Gordon joined us a few weeks back and is now a regular on site on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Meantime Gordon has worked in and around the Community Garden, looking after the raised beds and watering in the poly tunnel. He has just started work on a new project, installing and maintaining some bird feeders as part of our contribution to the IYN Birds, bees and trees focus for this year.
If any plotters have any feeders or bird tables not in use, please pass them on to Gordon or leave them in the Bothy or Octagon if that is easier.
Please be sure to come over and say hello to Gordon if you see him working. He will be especially pleased to share ideas for encouraging small song birds on site.
This coming Sunday – 16 July – is Community Sunday. We are hoping for a good turnout of plotters as it is one of the last before our annual, It’s Your Neighbourhood Assessment Visit. We want to get the site into good shape.
We will follow the usual format, starting at 11.00 and stopping for coffee and cake at 12.30 or so. However, as a wee experiment we are planning to hold a General Meeting at the same time. The purpose of the General Meeting is to gather plotters’ views on priorities and issues of current concern and for the future.
We hope this will be a convenient arrangement for plotters and will help improve communication within the Association. I look forward to seeing you you on the day.