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It’s raining now….

…. but the sun always shines when the Kaimhill kids come calling.

Our Orchard Brae Project

Orchard Brae is a new school and nursery in Aberdeen, designed especially for pupils with additional support needs.

A number of weeks ago we were approached, asking if we could perhaps help with the development of their Nursery School garden.

Today we got a squad in place to make a start.  The re-seeding of the grassy areas in the playground was identified as a priority.

We had a good day, in great company, but in the heat, it was pretty hard going. We are going to have to make at least one return visit.  If you could spare a couple of hours to help out over the next few weeks, please see Stuart or me.

Thanks to Mike and Gordon, and especially Ron, who came along at short notice to lend a hand.

Tree Planting Opportunity by River Dee

Calum Hislop has been in touch about a tree planting event at Garthdee on the 27/4/18. Calum would be delighted to hear from any plotters who might be interested in helping out with some planting.

Please let Calum know if you might be attending, to help with the organising of drinks and snacks for the number of likely attendees.

Calum Hislop

North East Invasive Species Coordinator.

01467 642121

07769 314130

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.

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