We welcomed Ms Walker and her Primary 3 class on site for the last of their five visits today. As always they were as keen as mustard and a real credit to Kaimhill School.
Setting up for the stone painting activity took a fair bit of work in the heat, but the results certainly made it all worthwhile.
While half the class helped with the stone painting that will become part of our Britain in Bloom 50th Anniversary display, the others helped barrow chips on to the MacMillan Plot for their paths – hot and thirsty work for sure.
We have only one more week of visits this year, on Tuesday and Thursday at 1.30, but we are a bit short-handed on both days: if you could lend a hand to help supervise activities please get in touch.
We (Stuart, Marion, Gill, Jacqui and Norman) have enjoyed playing host to Mrs McKenzie and her Primary 2 pupils over the summer. Thanks are due too to Vinnie and Michael for their help in preparing and maintaining the revised beds, primary plot and polytunnel.
It’s been fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the youngsters over the weeks they have been coming and to know they are enjoying learning about the joys and benefits of gardening.
Activities have included:
- Sowing salad leaves, beans and peas
- Pricking out and potting up
- Planting tatties, beans and onions
- Extensive dung and compost shifting
- Veggie and fruit identification and tasting tours
I think we can say a good time has been had by all – although the older members of the GFAA team (no names, no pack drill) seem to need to retreat for a lie down in a darkened room after the sessions!
We were blessed with a glorious day today for the latest of our Kaimhill Primary 2 visits.
Stuart, Jacqui, Gill and Norman led a full team of 26 pupils, two teachers and two parent helpers in activities including: tattle planting, seed sowing, compost barrowing and daffodil dead-heading. I think we can safely say a power of work got done and a good time was had by all.
Plotters and visitors may have noticed some changes around the Community Garden and Orchard of late.
With funding from Aberdeen Greenspace and help from Aberdeen City Council we have been able to define better the planned Primary Plot, add a new field drain and sump to improve drainage in the area and build up the road to level the area between this area and the Polytunnel. Our collaborations with HMP Grampian have borne fruit with the provision of a pergola and a set of garden benches. Work is still ongoing and dependent on securing appropriate funding, but we hope to see further exciting developments in this area, including provision of a disabled toilet and a gazebo for use by plotters and visiting groups in the future.
Watch this space!
GFAA hosted the first of our extended primary school visits this Thursday when Mrs McKenzie brought her Primary 2 class to visit with us. This year we have planned to have a primary 2 and a primary 3 class visit with us on Thursdays over the next 10 weeks and some older classes visit for five weeks in May and June.
All gloved up and ready to go!
The pupils did three activities this week – seed sowing with Jacqui and Gill; tattle planting with Stuart; and soil science with Marion and Norman. Well, actually the last group did compost and dung carting, but a good time was had by all at least!
If you could spare an hour from time to time to help out with these visits, please see any of the above named: We would be delighted to have your help.
After a successful meeting with Diane Rough, Depute Head from Kaimhill Primary this week, we have confirmed that another series of pupil visits will take place this year. Last year we hosted Primary 2/3 visits to our site. I think we can say a good time was had by all!
We hope to start earlier this year, in April rather than June and we plan one or two visits a week over a 10 week period. Details are yet to be confirmed, but we hope two Primary 3 classes will visit to look after the new Primary School Plot being developed down by the Community Orchard, taking alternative weeks. Stuart is in charge of getting the plot ready for use and Vinny has agreed to maintain it.
In addition Primary 6 pupils will be building bird boxes and Bug Houses which we hope they will come on site to distribute to interested plotters. Other classes may come to follow some of the learning trails we developed and supported last year. All visits are planned for afternoons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
We need to say a big thank you to Aberdeen Greenspace who have agreed to fund this collaboration over the next 12 months. Without their support the development of the new plot as part of our ‘outdoor classroom’ would not have been possible.
Last season Stuart, Norman, Gill and Jacqui hosted all the sessions. In the coming year we will be pushed to meet all of the demand. If any plotters or volunteers could offer to help out for an hour or so on any days they would be most welcome. See any of the above if you can help.