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Sophie on Beechgrove

Plotters can catch the most recent filming from Sophie’s Plot 25 here at Garthdee Field on tonight’s edition of the Beechgrove Garden on BBC Scotland at eight in the evening. Bound to be a good watch!

Club 10 Return

The Club 10 Group returned for their first visit of the new season this week.

We had a cracking game of football just to warm us up for the serious business of soil preparation and seed sowing in the raised beds. the group will be back over the summer and at the end of the season to harvest their crops.

Thanks go to the plotters who managed along to help out.

What an effort!

We had a wonderful turnout for our Community Sunday activities today. In fact, with well over twenty plotters and volunteers there, this was our biggest ever February Community Sunday. What a start to the year!

Tuck in time!

With so many willing hands available we got a wonderful amount of work done around the site – weeding, pruning, bonfire prep, pothole filling, litter collection and much, much more. A huge thank you goes to all who found the time to come along and to all who contributed to a magnificent coffee and cake spread.

There was no room at the inn for the old lag’s club.

Community Sunday February

It’s 2019 and GFAA is stepping up a gear.

Stuart


May I wish all of our plotters, volunteers and friends a very Happy New Year and a successful growing season.

Since 2014 Garthdee Field Allotments Association has participated in the IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Over the past four years we have gradually improved our site environment, consolidated our community activities and improved our gardening achievements.

As a result of everyone’s efforts we have been awarded the highest level of achievement for three years in a row and are encouraged to raise our standards further by applying for a GREEN FLAG AWARD. The green flag award applies to parks and green spaces throughout the UK and our allotment site falls into the latter category.

The closing date for applications is the end of January each year and the Committee’s intention is, that over the next 12 months we make the necessary preparations for an application in January 2020.

If our application is to be successful our allotment site will have to satisfy various requirements and in addition to having a well developed management plan and being financially sound, it must:-

                    Be a welcoming place
                    Be safe and secure
                    Be well maintained and clean
                    Be environmentally sustainable
                    Promote community involvement
                    Have a marketing strategy

We will shortly be making plans for activities and work on site to achieve our aims and the Committee hope that as many plotters as possible will support this project.

There is no guarantee that we will be successful but we’re planning to give it our best shot. If you want to find out more just speak to any of the Committee.

TAMS Dividend 2018

I am delighted to say that The Market Stall Team (TAMS) have told us that GFAA has earned a dividend of £399.23 across the 2018 season.  This will make a very welcome contribution to our Association’s funds over the coming year.

TAMS have ambitious plans for the season ahead. They want to continue the process of becoming more sustainable in the longer term and are looking into the possibility of setting up a community greengrocer shop, which they think in the long term might generate a small profit to pay for the stalls. They have also put in for funding to set up a new stall in Victoria and Westburn Parks to run along with the others in Duthie and Seaton in 2019.

We are very pleased to support TAMS’s efforts in their fight to reduce food waste.  Working with TAMS is a win-win for us as they help us manage our surplus crops and help generate very valuable funds for projects and maintenance around our site.  Thanks to everyone who contributed.

 

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