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I know it’s hard to believe right now, but this permafrost will lift and the growing season is just around the corner – or perhaps I’ve just been driven round the bend.
For many plotters the Gone to Seed Tarland Seed Swap and Potato Day event marks the start of the season. This community-based event is a great place to exchange locally grown, traditional varieties of vegetable and flower seeds, with many examples available free.
You will find links to the event on our Diary Page via the tab above. The Diary also gives advance notice of our Community Sunday dates for the year ahead – I know you would not want to miss them!
We are hoping for a bumper turnout this coming Sunday for our last Community Sunday of the year. It will be a chance to meet our new plotters and volunteers, celebrate a season full of successes and prepare our site for the winter ahead.
Please come along and give us an hour or so of your time if you can.
GFAA Summer Barbecue
12.30 on Sunday 29th July 2018
Plotters and Volunteers, along with families and friends, are cordially invited to our Summer Barbecue at the community orchard area of the Garthdee Field Allotments site.
Please bring your preferred BBQ food and drink, and if possible a salad or sweet to share.
There will be a raffle, with proceeds going to GFAA’s purchase of a new secure waterproof noticeboard.
Donations for the raffle will be gratefully received by Gill Earle (Plot 64), Stuart Oram (Plot 8) or Norman Coutts (Plot 81); or these may be brought on the day of the BBQ.
Please send any queries or offers of help on the day to Gill Earle – g.earl20 at btinternet.com / 07951021319. Offers to loan BBQs, chairs or picnic tables will be especially welcome, and should be advised to Stuart Oram (cstuartoram at yahoo.com / 077866 48223).
You are cordially invited to this month’s Community Sunday, from 11.00 (coffee and cakes from 12.30).
The wet and cool start to the year leaves plenty of opportunities to contribute to site maintenance, as we start the run-in to Its Your Neighbourhood 2018:
– weeding the wildflower meadow / re-seeding (as appropriate)
– dead heading daffodils
– re-vitalising the raised beds
– pothole filling
– filling ruts by the South Car Park bins with surplus soil at the South Bank
– tidying the North Bank.
Looking forward to seeing all who can make the session (and hoping for more dry weather at least on midday Sunday),
Secretary – GFAA
Calum Hislop from the River Dee Trust has been in contact to flag up this up-coming community opportunity.
The River Dee Trust as part of its river bank improvements is planning a significant tree planting event on the 27th April on the land behind Sainsburys.
I am getting in touch to ask if you or any of your membership would like to get involved.
The event is being organised as a community event with support from the River Dee Trust. The Scottish Woodland Trust, and the AWPR fund. Sainsburys are also offering to support the event with hot drinks and snacks.
I will forward promotional material as it is produced but thought it a good idea to flag the event up to in advance.