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New Course: From Soil to Sky

The University of Dundee offers an online course in Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky in which participants will come to understand soil and explore global environmental soil issues while becoming citizen scientists.

Registration is open now and the course starts 19 February, takes 4 hours per week to complete and runs for 4 weeks.  As they say:

“Where can you find all sorts of useful and important information about your environment? You might be surprised to know it’s beneath your feet, in the soil. On this course you will discover interesting things about your own soil and become part of the new GROW Citizen Observatory European-wide community. You will collaborate with other growers and scientists to discover the impact global soil practices have on major issues like the environment and food growing.

Now is the time to make a difference, join us, improve your soil and become a citizen scientist!”

Further Details

Getting digging at last

The Volunteer Squad were delighted to be able to get some digging done today when finally the ground frost relented and let us get our spades into action. It was great too to welcome Graham from Plot S1 to his first session with us.

Shed – free to good home

Now then…

Free to good home (GFAA members only), one attractive wee shed.  Currently sitting on Plot 57.  Must be removed no later than 2 weeks from today. Recently built by a plotter. Lined with insulation and comes with various mod cons.  Construction details unknown. Windows are of perspex, not glass.  Contact Phil on Plot 57 if interested, or reply below.

Left shivering…

This poor little fella was disturbed and left shivering yesterday after being disturbed from his winter-lair when a new compost bin was being built.  We did our best to find him new accommodation, but I fear he faced a long cold night.

Can anyone say whether he is a frog or a toad, or indeed a prince?

Quatermass and the Pit

We are conducting an urgent review of our Health and Safety procedures after a near disaster for one of our volunteer squad on a plot yesterday.

Photo Credit: Mike Paterson

We had hoped and intended to bury the blooming ejit who asked us to take on this job, but poor Gordon nearly paid the ultimate price.  Luckily, knowing his importance to the squad, the rest of the lads rushed to his aid – just in time.

Remember, you can’t be too careful out there and you never know when a trip or a slip may come your way.


Mindful Plotting Research

Thanks go to Michael and Marion Malcolm for sharing this contact and proposing this post.  I have just completed the survey and found it entertaining and thought-provoking.


My name is Tereza Martinovska and I am in my final year of Honours Psychology at the University of Glasgow. I am currently collecting responses for my final year project under the supervision of Dr Maxine Swingler.

In my project I investigate the relationship between community gardening, mindfulness, nature connectedness and well-being. The data is collected confidentially and anonymously via an online survey and the project has been approved by the University of Glasgow Ethics Committee. Do you think some of your gardeners would be willing to help me out with this piece of research? I am looking to reach community gardeners specifically and I would be very grateful if you could help me distribute the link to the survey.

Would you mind passing the link on? I don’t know whether people are most responsive through a mailing list or on FB but the link can be shared anywhere.

It is mentioned in the Information form but maybe worth mentioning again that the responses are anonymous and that it would be amazing to have complete questionnaires but people are absolutely fine to skip questions that might make them feel uncomfortable. The survey should take abut 25-35 minutes to complete.

If you know of any other groups or individuals who might be interested, please do not hesitate to either send them the link, or if they want to know more information, pass them on to me.

I am hoping that my research will be able to contribute to a better understanding of the role of community gardening in people’s lives, and potentially inform policies supporting development and maintenance of community gardens.

Thank you very much for reading through this lengthy message. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via FB or on university email:

I wish you all the best!

Tereza Martinovska

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