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RHS Greening Grey Britain

The RHS has launched a new funding and support initiative called, “Greening Grey Britain with Communities in 2019”. They are looking for new projects that will bring seasoned community gardeners together with young green-fingered recruits. To the right projects, they are offering expert hands-on support and up to £500 worth of plants and materials.

New beginnings full of promise

In their own words, they say, “Imagine forgotten littered corners reborn as vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down storm water or disused areas becoming productive gardens, with food to share with the community”.

Projects have to fit with one or more of three themes.

  • Grow for people
  • Grow for the planet
  • Grow for wildlife

Thinking of our own site, several areas spring to mind as being ripe for development. Is anyone itching to take up the challenge of building a bid or have ideas for possible projects?

More information is available on the RHS website.

Shed Break-ins

Last night there has been a series of break-ins at GFAA sheds, and a large number have had padlocks sheared with bolt cutters.

Could you please:

1 check the security of your shed as soon as practicable, and where this has been compromised, reinstate security promptly

2 where things have been stolen, itemise these and inform the police yourself. This is the most effective way in which we can benefit from increased patrols near the site.

Thanks and Best Regards

Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

It’s raining now….

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

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.

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