Garthdee Allotments

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Category: Equipment

Orchard Brae Raised Bed

We could not have hoped for a better day to work on the new raised bed we have built for Orchard Brae School’s Nursery.

Don’t worry, we did finally sort out our alternating layers and corners and got them into the right order!  The bed is three meters long by one meter wide and almost half a meter high and build with timbers kindly donated by Robertson Construction.

Our thanks go to Roddy Mckinnon for all his help and organisation on the day.

Read more about Orchard Brae.

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.

Tool Time

We have some new additions to our stock of tools which can be borrowed by any plotter.

These were very kindly donated by Anne, an Aberdeen resident who is soon to move into a new home where she will no longer need them. Anne contacted us via the website.

The tools are now available in the GFAA tool store by the micro plots. Ask any plotter if you need to know access details.   The pots and trays have been left by the bothy for uplift by anyone who can use them.

Outdoor Classroom Work Begins

Following the tremendous support from our plotters and the wider public at the end of last year, helping us obtain a grant of £12000 from Tesco Bags of Help, work has now begun on site to build our Outdoor Classroom/Shelter. The octagonal larch clad wooden building will be fully enclosed and suitable for wheel-chair access and is for all our plotters to use as well as the primary school children and visiting groups from from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

The building has been sited in the Community Garden such that it sits above the highest historic flood line. As most of our plotters will be aware, the site has a tendency to flood after heavy and continuous rainfall and this is made worse by an underground stream from up near the old railway line which feeds into the low-lying area at the bottom of the site.

Once the building is complete, work will begin shortly thereafter, using funds from RGU, to establish the necessary paths for all users of the community garden. If anyone would like to lend a hand or spend an hour here and there helping out with our Community Garden activities that would be much appreciated. It is the community aspect of our activities that attract the funding and your support will contribute to making our site just that little bit more special and successful.

New Camera

With funding from Aberdeen Greenspace we have been able to buy a Nikon Coolpix P900. This is a consumer style camera, so easy to use, but especially designed for taking closeup shots of flowers and insects and longer range wildlife photos.  Our bid to AG stressed use to improve the quality of wildlife and nature pictures on our website.


The P900 can be borrowed and used by any association (GFAA) member willing to take photos for website publication.  If you can help taking some photos please contact Norman (Plot 81) in the first instance to arrange to borrow the P900.  I’ll be pleased to offer a wee introduction to its features if necessary.

New Equipment Arrivals

Thanks to our successful bid for funding from Aberdeen Greenspace, GFAA has recently been able to add a new lawn mower and a generator to our stock of power tools and equipment available for community use.

These tools have been secured to support our collaboration with Kaimhill Primary and the development of a primary pupils’ plot in the first instance. This project will have first call on the items, but both may be borrowed by GFAA members when not otherwise required. (See below for arrangements for borrowing and training.)

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The lawnmower is a Webb 48cm self-propelled rotary model and will be suitable for a wide range of uses including maintaining verges and smaller areas of grass around our site. It is described as a high quality, self-propelled 3-in-1 mower powered by a Briggs & Stratton 675EX Readystart engine. Can be set to rear discharge, collect or mulch. Features 7 cutting height settings, large 70ltr grass collector and ergonomic soft grip handles which can easily be folded for compact storage. With large rear wheels for easy manoeuvrability, alloy deck and 8″ front and 11″ rear ball bearing wheels as standard.

2016-01-29 at 19.20The Generator is a SDMO Perform 3000 TB UK 3000W model and will be useful to GFAA members who need to run power tools on site from time to time.  It is described as a powerful 3000W industrial site generator. Robust, compact and heavy-duty frame with ergonomic, rubber-grip handles for easy transportation whilst sturdy feet provide stability in all conditions. Suitable for small site and domestic applications.

Arrangements for safe storage and commissioning are underway and will be completed in time for the new season.  If you are interested in borrowing either item, please contact Vinny Goss in the first instance.  Vinny helped specify and procure the items and has kindly agreed to offer initial training in their use.  Please arrange all borrowings and use with Vinny in advance.

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