It was a pleasure as always to have Ian and Sandra on site today to complete our annual assessment for IYN. Fingers crossed!
The site was looking great in the sunshine this afternoon after lots of hard work to get it ready for our upcoming IYN assessment. The new Octagon was a real picture.
This cheeky chappie also seemed pleased to be on site and was clearly appreciative of Gordon Mitchell’s efforts on the bird feeding front.
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.
We were delighted to hear this last week that GFAA retained our “Outstanding” grading within the It’s Your Neighbourhood national assessment exercise this year. Here are some of the things our assessors had to say about our efforts and projects:
“The energetic and innovative Garthdee Field Allotment Association members work tirelessly to improve and develop their site whilst engaging with a range of partners and funders. The site is a model of good practice, with meticulous planning and execution.”
Our assessors also noted these areas of special achievement:
- The ambitious south bank project – a major undertaking which is developing successfully.
- The drive and enthusiasm of the committee and members to keep moving forward and introducing new projects to enhance their site.
- The wide range of partnerships and networking which brings welcome funding, supports different sectors of the community, and secures the viability and sustainability of the site.
- The use of social media to publicise the work of the group and keep members and volunteers informed of progress.
We were also pleased that the assessors noted an overall improvement in the condition of many of our plots and recognised this with a higher score for gardening than we have been awarded in the past. Thanks are due to all of our plotters who contributed by looking after their own plots and helping with work on verges and paths and around the site generally. Likewise, this year we have had more help from plotters on Community Sundays and from our small, but growing band of volunteers from ACVO and the wider community.
A copy of the full report is attached – iyn-garhdee-2016
Our new It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) Assessors, Ian and Sandra visited this week. It was a pleasure to meet them and to show them around our site.
I’ve got to say Garthdee Field was looking wonderful for the visit. Thanks go to all who contributed to getting the site into the best possible shape for the visit. It will be a week or more before we get feedback on the assessment, but whatever the outcome, I am sure everyone did their very best to present our site at its best.
We have our It’s Your Neighbourhood Competition assessment visit on August 18. All GFAA members are invited along on the day to meet with our assessors. We are hoping for a record turnout of plotters. Please come along if you can manage.
We have a power of work to do to have the site ship-shape for the visit and so we plan to have an extra Community Sunday session this coming Sunday – August 14 at 11.00 – 12.30. As usual it will be all hands to the wheel with good company to get things done and then a coffee and cake session at the Bothy to celebrate a job well done.
Please come along and help if you can spare the time.