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Kaimhill Primary 2 come visiting…

GFAA played host to Ms Walker’s Primary 2 Class from Kaimhill School today. I think we can safely say that a good time was had by all!



The kids enjoyed a runner bean sowing and growing activity with Stuart and a visit to Gill’s plot to explore what different veggies look like when they are growing.







Two other class visits are planned, for Wednesday 17 and Thursday 25 June, between 1.30 and 2.30 in each case.  If you could find the time to help with either of these visits please let Stuart or me know. Any and all offers help will be very much welcomed.



To De Loo…

Our site has a new amenity – a compostable toilet is now in place and fully operational.


The Eco-Loo was obtained with funds kindly made available from the RGU Student Association Garden Project. GFAA contributed necessary sundries and will undertake maintenance and servicing. The Eco-Loo is kept locked: the padlock uses the usual combination used on all other communal locks. Stuart has the details if you need them.



Obviously, the Eco-Loo is a unisex facility. However, old boys will need to learn one or two new tricks to use the toilet successfully. Compostable toilets work on the principle of separating wee and solids: a special bowl-shape takes care of this naturally.  Gents therefore, MUST sit to pee.  Wee needs no further treatment, but solids and loo paper should be covered with a small scoop of the special sawdust provided in the large white bin. Separating liquid and solid waste, and adding sawdust, keeps the facility odour-free. It is important that sawdust is NOT added to the wee.

It is vital that no other rubbish or materials are disposed of in the toilet. Other waste materials, such as nappies, should  be removed from the site by the user, but in emergency situations they may be disposed of in the small silver bin provided.

The Eco-Loo is a non-smoking facility! Naked flames and gasses are a dangerous combination and ignition might bring a whole new application for Michael Caine’s line, “You are only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”

An automatic dispenser provides hand wash and there is a small LED light for use in the winter months or in low light.

Please leave the Eco-Loo as you would have liked to find it.

Members of the Committee have agreed to service the Eco-Loo and after some discussion at the last meeting it was agreed that Stuart would take the first stint on the rota, handing over to someone else in late 2020.  However, in a late breaking bit of news, one plotter has expressed an interest in ‘harvesting’ the wee as a compost-heap activator.  Perhaps we ought to sell off the franchise for GFAA funds?

Read more on compostable toilets on the Eco-Loo Site or via these links:

Sonia Parker Degree Show

You may remember Sonia Packer visiting our site to take photos for her RGU degree project. Sonia has been kind enough to invite us to her final degree show – see details below.

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TAMS 2015

You will recall that GFAA participated in The Allotment Market Stall Project over the last two seasons. The project collects surplus produce from allotment sites and sells it off , so spreading the benefits of allotment growing to the wider public.
TAMS have received Comic Relief funding to continue this season and are beginning to plan out how they will work. TAMS will be aiming to build on its success last season and hopes for even more participation. Last year the project made a very helpful contribution to GFAA funds from the sale of our surpluses. All sorts of surpluses contribute – from fancy melons to the humble rhubarb stalk.
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The produce will be sold at the Duthie Park on a Friday and Hazlehead Park on a Saturday, the first set up being earlier this year commencing on: Friday 17 July 2015.
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Cath Pilley from TAMS is recruiting stall volunteers, therefore, if you would be interested in volunteering for TAMS, please contact her asap.
Click on the TAMS tag on the right-hand sidebar for more information.

Snap, Crackle and Pop

Today’s Spring Bonfire had a bit of everything – snap, crackle and pop, not to mention the whee of exploding snails. We were faced with what appeared to be a mountain of material – old rasp canes, rotten timber, even whole trees.



However, the event went to prove the old adage – many hands make light work – as with over a dozen helpers pitching in at different times, the last bundles of stuff were consigned to the flames by the early afternoon.






With apologies to the many I failed to get photos of, it was great to see the site get a major clean-up and so much rubbish cleared away.

Spring Flowers

You will remember that we spent one of our Community Sunday’s at the back-end of the year planting 2000 spring bulbs kindly supplied via Aberdeen City Council. Well, it’s been a long, cold wait, but the fruits of our labours are now out for all to see and in their full splendour. They certainly add a lovely splash of colour around our site and bring the promise of better days ahead in the new growing season.

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