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Kingswells Callers

There was a real buzz about the site this Thursday morning.  It was with great pleasure that we welcomed 60 kids, parent-helpers and staff from Kingswells Primary School.

Thanks go to Stuart, Peter, Gill D, Gill E, Phil and Ron who acted as guides on the day. The kids declared that they had learned a lot and enjoyed themselves on what they said was, “the best trip out – ever”.

The visit was part of a project the pupils in Primary 3 are doing on growing and cooking food. We had thought of asking Nick Nairn to do a cooking demo, but instead, Stuart agreed to step in with his (now famous) Soup from a Stone demonstration.

I hear Stuart is now taking bookings for Kids’ Parties, BBQs and the like.

I think we can safely say everyone had a great time!  Thanks too go to Anne (Plot 33) for setting it all up.

Prizes on Parade

It was another great night for GFAA at this week’s Aberdeen in Bloom Reception and Prize Awards.

Special congratulations go to Susan and Phil (Plot 35) as they topped the GFAA rankings this year with their third place overall in the Aberdeen Cities Allotment Gardens Competition (Category 8).

As always, Sandy Inkster took pride of place, however, with his First Prize in the City Gardens Competition.  Here’s Sandy taking his place with the other first Prize winners.  Well done Sandy!

Thanks go to Aberdeen City Council and Deputy Provost, Alan Donnelly for hosting the event and to Pat Wilson for her first class work behind the scenes and on the night.  Thanks too to all the GFAA Plotters who entered and flew the flag for GFAA in support of the Council’s gardening efforts.

Club 10 Harvesters

It was a pleasure to welcome the Club 10 group back with us this last week.  Since June the group have been growing on some of the raised beds.  They came back to see how their stuff had grown and harvested some of the fruit and veggies.

We were blessed with a lovely early evening for the visit and all of the kids and their families seemed to get a real charge out of the activities.  We look forward to welcoming them back in the new season.

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Club 10 Visits

IYN Assessment Visit 2018

We enjoyed a supportive and formative It’s Your Neighbourhood Assessment visit on Thursday from our new assessors, Steven Shaw and Daniel Shand.

Steven and Daniel seemed impressed with our efforts over the year and went out of their way to comment on the friendly buzz they notice on their visits to Garthdee Field.  They also offered us lots of encouragement and helpful advice, especially about what actions will be needed if we decide to go for Green Flag status in the coming year.

It will be some wee time before we know the outcome of our assessment, so please cross your fingers and watch this space!

TAMS on the up

Our TAMS donations seem to be bigger than ever this season.  This is great news.  Donations to TAMS will produce income for GFAA at the end of the year and help spread the health and environmental benefits of eating locally grown food around our wider community.

If you want to donate any surplus you have, but can’t make it down for the Thursday afternoon pick-up, let us know and we can arrange for our volunteers, Gordon and Mike, to pick up stuff for you on Thursday morning.  Please be specific about what you want to be taken!

We’re in the money!

Plotters will recall GFAA joined Dobies Group Scheme last year, offering a 40% discount on orders placed for plotters and a 10% benefit forAssociation funds.  Well, 40% on seeds and 10% on everything else.

Dobies (that is Dobies the seed merchants with one “b”, not the local chain of garden centres) have been in touch to say that they are going to be putting £56.63 into our association bank account at the end of the month.  That is based on a value of £499.34 (after discount) of total orders placed with them by our members.

This is quite encouraging for the first year of the scheme’s operation. A total of 22 orders were placed in the course of the year.  We joined the scheme a wee bit late in the season.  The new catalogues will be available in September, along with a new unique discount code that must be used.  Please note the old code can no longer be used after the end of this month.  If you would like to take part in the coming year, please look out for further info in the course of next month.

Thanks to all who supported the scheme this time around.  I have not heard of any problems or disappointments, but please let me know if you have any concerns.

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