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River Dee Trust Tree Planting Event

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.

No Dig Gardening: too good to be true?

As the weather is more suited to planning than planting, I thought this might be a good time to take a look at the claims made for so-called, “No-dig” vegetable growing.  Does No-Dig expose dinosaur diggers, or is it another false dawn?

If you are new to No-Dig approaches, here are videos from two advocates of the method and one slightly less convinced voice. All three take an evidence-based, experimental approach.  See what you think.

Charles Dowding is perhaps becoming the best-known UK proponent of No-Dig. Charles uses his experience of No-Dig methods over 35 years in professional and amateur settings to present an apparently compelling case built on claims of healthier crops, higher yields, fewer weeds and less required effort.

Morag Gamble gardens in Australia and comes from a background in Permaculture approaches to veggie growing.  Morag makes similar claims for No-Dig, but her style and methods differ in important details.

Bruce Darrell is a Canadian, now living and gardening in Ireland.  No-Dig is one of seven vegetable gardening styles Bruce is experimenting with on his small-holding and community garden. Unlike Charles and Morag, he has not yet decided which of the seven styles he feels best suites his circumstances.

If you want to learn more all thee have channels on YouTube and websites that offer lots of resources on their favoured approaches.

So, what do you think?  By the way, if you are aware of other styles of No-Dig gardening, please share them in the comments below.

Its Your Neighbourhood Success

It is with great pleasure that I can tell all GFAA members, volunteers and friends that at the recent Britain in Bloom hosted, It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards Day, GFAA were awarded an Outstanding Level Award and, better still, our first Certificate of Distinction.  Gill and Phil attended the event on our behalf.

Our IYN Assessors, Ian and Sandra Maclennan, were full of praise and warm words for your efforts and achievements over the season.  A copy of their Garthdee Field Allotments Association 2017 report is attached.  The Evening Express Coverage was very positive about GFAA.

We are obviously delighted with this success and I want to thank all who contributed to the effort over the year. It’s been a super season on so many fronts, but nothing could be done without the continued support of plotters, volunteers and friends.

We are planning to share congratulations and celebrations at our up-coming AGM and General Meeting on Saturday 4 November at 11.00am at RGU Riverside East Building Room 346. I hope we will have a really big turnout.  Everyone is welcome.  We want your help to set directions and priorities for the coming year.

With best wishes,  Stuart.

Trees and Bees Survey

The, It’s your Neighbourhood programme, had trees, bees and butterflies as a special focus this year and this prompted us to take a look at the trees and bees found on site.  We decided to conduct a little informal research and thanks goes to all who contributed ideas and information.

Our first report of interim findings is attached via the link below.  All comments, additions or corrections will be gratefully received.

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The Great Garthdee Biodiversity Challenge

We hoped Miss Rennie’s Primary 4/5 Class would rise to the biodiversity treasure hunt challenge and find it fun: and of course they did not disappoint.

Getting to the big message, but where are the boys?

Ah, there they are…

So what’s the big message?

Did we have fun? We sure did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Sunday September 2016

Welcome to the last of the summer’s Community Sundays on 18 September (before the BBQ the following weekend).
 In addition to some regular maintenance work (e.g. pothole filling, site tidying, light pruning in the orchard), would anyone with stones which are not required kindly bag these and lay them at your plot boundary? We have a need to extend the bed of stones to enable lorries to deliver leaves/chips/etc to the bottom bins.
Some of you will have noticed that there will be restrictions to traffic on Garthdee Road on Sunday morning, but we believe that you will be able to access the allotment area during this time.
We look forward to seeing as many of you who can make it, for team work, and coffee & cakes from 1230.
Happy plotting!
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