Garthdee Allotments

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New Dobies catalogues and discount code available

Copies of the catalogue and code are now available in the Octagon.  The new code replaces the old one which is now no longer usable. Email me if you’d like the code without having to visit the Octagon.

The scheme operates as before.  Repeated orders can be placed throughout the year. Plotters get 40% off seed orders and 10% off everything else.  Orders are delivered directly to the individual.  Orders can be placed by post using the form provided, or by telephone or online, but you must use the code at the time of ordering – retrospective claims are not allowed.  In addition, GFAA gets a 10% return on all orders placed.

Please remember, this is Dobies the seed merchant and not Dobbies the Garden Centre chain, so the discount is not available locally.  Believe me, I’ve tried – all very embarrassing!


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.

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