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Kaimhill Party-Party!

We welcomed a group of fifty Kaimhill Primary kids, staff and parents on site for the last visit of the term this week.

Huge thanks go to all the plotters who helped out on the day – some at very short notice. We were able to muster a team of over ten, making the plot visits for the near-fifty kids much more engaging and interesting. It’s great to know we can count on this sort of support when spreading the joys of gardening out to the next generation.

Sandy Inkster

With great sadness we note the passing of Sandy Inkster, Garthdee Field’s oldest and most knowledgeable horticulturalist. Sandy was an exceptionally skilled plotter and a top prizewinner in local garden competitions for both his allotment and home garden.

Many of our plotters will be grateful to Sandy for that special red rhubarb from the Queen’s estate at Balmoral, the crowns of which he generously distributed. Of course he was always generous and many’s the time if you went to his plot to ask a question you would come away with some vegetable or other.

He was the go-to person to get answers to all our gardening queries as his knowledge was encyclopaedic and his growing techniques tried and tested. Not surprisingly, the Beechgrove Garden team chose to feature Sandy in a number of their broadcasts in recent years. They could spot a star when they saw one.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of GFAA and helped on many occasions with community activities.

Many plotters have enquired with real concern about his health over recent weeks and months and this surely demonstrates the high regard so many plotters had for him. He will be deeply and sorely missed.

Our Sandy RIP

Bonnie Borders

We have some affa bonnie borders this year.

Today’s Terrific Turnout

A big thank you goes to all of our plotters who found the time to turn out for our last Community Sunday of 2018.  It was super to see 24 on site with a combination of new faces and old lags.

With so many willing hands we got through a mountain of seasonal tasks, including a wonderful tidy up of the Primary Plot and raised beds, South Bank planting, lots of leaf gathering and pothole filling.

Of course, you can’t have a Community Sunday without a resident comedian:  this time thanks go to Ron (Plot 65A).

I think we can say, a good time was had by all.  Thanks again, everyone.  (With apologies to Peter, Jacqui, Helen, Stan, Angela, Gavin, Trish, Norman and Mary who somehow missed out on getting their photos taken. Thanks too, to all of the magnificent bakers for a brilliant spread at Coffee and Cake time.

Late Summer BBQ 2018

Well, the weather may have been a bit Baltic, to begin with, but our BBQ day was still full of fun and friendship.

It was great to see plotters, volunteers, RGU and MacMillan friends there on the day.  Oh, and, by the way, the raffle generated £72 for our GFAA funds. Not bad at all!

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.

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