Garthdee Allotments

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Author: Stuart Oram (Page 1 of 11)

IYN – What a result!

Our 2018 Its Your Neighbourhood assessors report is now with us.  It makes great reading.


Introduction:
The Garthdee Field Allotments Association Committee manages the site in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.
The site lies to the West of Aberdeen and has about 100 plotters working full, half or micro allotments. There is also a growing band of volunteers who help look after the grounds.
The group’s current priorities are:
• Sharing gardening expertise and good practice
• Encouraging green and sustainable gardening methods
• Increasing awareness of the importance of biodiversity
• Widening plotters’ participation in projects and social events
• Spreading the benefits of plot working and being outdoors into the wider community.
In their own words, ‘Garthdee Field is a wonderful, friendly, green space. We plotters see it as, our wee place in the country’. We are enthusiastic gardeners and like sharing ideas about gardening better and greener. We want to share our enthusiasm and site with the wider community. We are proud of Garthdee Field and our plots and enjoy showing visitors around’.
I couldn’t agree more and enjoyed every second of my recent visit. What a fantastic Its Your Neighbourhood group!

Section A – Community Participation (40% or 40 points)


The Octagon continues to be an asset for the group as their ‘community hub’ it is used daily by the group, volunteers, schools and students. It is a lovely place for a spot of lunch!
The display on show in the Octagon was great showed all the various elements of work going on throughout the year.
The group has some great partnerships in place with the local primary school, RGU, and Club 10.
The allotments benefit from a regular, committed volunteer squad. This is obviously a huge asset to the group.
It was great to hear that the group has taken their knowledge and skills on the road and have helped undertake some work on a sensory garden as Orchard Brae ASN school.
The relationship with TAMS (The Allotment Market Stalls) continues to bear fruit (sorry) with both groups benefiting from the partnership.
This year the group received a donation of timber from Robertsons which has been welcomed.
The site is accessible to the public and regularly used by dog walkers. The group has an excellent Web site which provides good information.

Total points assessed for Section A (out of 40) 39

Section B – Environmental Responsibility (30% or 30 points)


It was good to hear about the group’s engagement with young people. Kaimhill Primary School are regular visitors learning about gardening and building bug hotels around the site.
Bird boxes are doing well and at least one new pond has been created.
The Octagon has been painted and looks great.
Rainwater is collected and stored.
The group is very pleased that the site is used as a council drop off for leaves and hopes that this continues later in the year.
The wheelchair accessible toilet is a fantastic addition to the site.

Total points assessed for Section B (out of 30) 29

Gardening Achievement (30% or 30 points)

The site is a fantastic experience to walk round and view all the different plots with their variety of planting. There are colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and flowers across the site. There has obviously been some bumper crops this year.
Most of the plots are maintained to a very high standard and the site and local environment in general is very well cared for.
It was great to hear stories about some of the plots/plotters and it came as no surprise to hear that Beechgrove Garden has been a regular visitor.
The orchard is fantastic, and the trees have produced excellent fruit this year.
The group has identified the need for a new ride on mower and this is a priority for the site.
Surplus produce has been donated to TAMS again this year which is great.

Total points assessed for Section C (out of 30) 29

GRAND TOTAL POINTS ASSESSED 97

LEVEL ACHIEVED Level 5 – Outstanding

Areas of achievement:
2018 has been a year of consolidation for the group but the group continue to develop and grow, the allotment site is an absolute delight.
The group are welcoming and very enthusiastic. It is obvious they love what they do and have real pride in what they have achieved to date.
I loved the polytunnel and the variety of peppers and aubergines being grown. The Octagon is fantastic and a real asset to the group.
The Assessor Handout was very helpful and gave some of the detail behind the work that has gone on throughout 2018.
Garthdee Field Allotments Association is an inspiration! Congratulations on a fantastic site and well done to everyone involved.

Recommendations/suggestions from your assessor:
Look to work with the council to progress the group’s ambitions and work towards a Green Flag for the site.
Continue to engage with young people of all ages.
Continue to involve yourselves in Keep Scotland Beautiful and Aberdeen City Council’s environmental campaigns such as Clean Up Aberdeen.
Promote the great work being done at every opportunity i.e. enter for awards, involve local media.

Download Original Report as PDF


 

Stuart

All I can add is a huge thank you to everyone who put their backs and hearts into all the hard work over the year on their own plots and around the site and so produced this wonderful result.

 

Orchard Brae Visitors

Orchard Brae called this week wishing to visit our allotment site. They arrived just after 1 pm yesterday – one minibus load driven by Roddy. They stayed for an hour having a walk round admiring the many varieties of vegetables and flowers on display particularly Steve’s sunflowers – plot 37. We bumped into Gill at plot 29 who gave them some plums and rasps to their great delight. We stopped off briefly in the Octagon for some plums to eat and apples to take away. A very pleasant interlude for all concerned on a lovely sunny day.

Related

Community Sunday August 2018

Thanks to everyone who made it along to help us prepare the site for our IYN Assessment.  It was wonderful to see such a good turnout on what started out as a very unpromising day weather-wise.  A special thanks to Alice (Plot Micro 2c) on her first outing on a Community Sunday and to the magnificent bakers.

What a team!

Community Sunday July 2018

Many thanks to all who helped out yesterday at our Community Sunday. Some really hard work was done with the Primary School plot completely weeded as well as all the raised beds – all in an hour and a half. Special mention for Ava from plot 38 who gathered up stones unearthed during earlier weeding- and she’s only 8 but she did a great job.

Green-fingered Plotters

Lynn and Michael (Plot 60) with a very early harvest:

Using water wisely

Thanks go to Ranald (Plot 75) for bringing this advice from Scottish Water to our attention.

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Scottish Water – Advice

Customers across Scotland asked to use water wisely  03 July 2018

Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.

Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Water is encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve our public water supplies.

In some areas, there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.

Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.

Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.

Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.

Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. Simple, practical steps which we encourage include:

Taking shorter showers

Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants

Using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle

Turning off taps in the home whenever possible

Using washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded


Plotters are asked to take note.  Using a watering can rather than a hose helps put the water where it needs to be.  Please note that the use of sprinkler devices and systems that water whole areas of plots rather than specific plants is not appropriate.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

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