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A Royal Visit

Sorry for the click-bait heading. Nah, as far as I know, there are no plans for Her Majesty to visit us at Garthdee Field (as yet). I believe this year she chose to go to Chelsea instead. Next year perhaps?

However, we can boast a royal connection. Many plotters will have noticed Malcolm working away on the Move More Aberdeen/Macmillan Plot (36b) over recent years. Malcolm’s efforts have been rightly recognised and rewarded by an invitation to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

Malcolm reports that this came via Sport Aberdeen who assist MacMillan with their activities and that he was completely surprised as he didn’t feel he did all that much and was helped so much by others. The ‘others’ he says, include the many GFAA plotters without whose friendly support and advice he didn’t think he could have made as good a go of things.

He reports the garden at BP is immaculate with acres of grass, and 7,000 participants were there to enjoy the borders that showed lots of professional care with irises, roses and flowering shrubs in profusion. It made for an excellent day out and an excuse to put his kilt on!

New Residents

A couple of years ago we started building bird box kits for the Primary Kids to put together on their plot visits (thanks go to Graeme on Plot 48). Since then, a dozen or so have been put in place around our site.

I’m pleased to report that a number are now occupied. Sorry about the photos – not quite in the David Attenborough class!

Up by Anne’s Plot 99A

I put a couple of homemade boxes up at the beginning of the year on Plot 81 and I am pleased to say both have attracted interest.

Oi! Mate – you got permission to take photos?

The box by the rasps is definitely occupied and the Blue Tits come and go every few moments at present.

It would be good to know how many occupied boxes we have on site, so if you know of any others please get in touch.

We are Busy Bees at GFAA

Yesterday was perhaps our busiest day ever on Garthdee Field. Proof of the pudding perhaps, that our Active Community Engagement initiative (ACE) is beginning to bear fruit.

We were delighted to host groups from Santander and Momentum Skills as well as our regulars, Mike and Gordon from the Volunteer Squad, with Penny-Louise on hand taking photos. As icing on the cake we had Carol Baxter and a film and drone crew from Beechgrove Garden working on Sophie’s Plot.

The Santander group were on a team-building corporate sponsorship day with staff drawn from far and wide – from Thurso in the North down to Perth in the South. They threw themselves into a special project to renew the paths around the micro-plots and achieved an amazing amount on the day. The Company also paid for many of the materials needed. A huge vote of thanks go to them and the team on the day for all their efforts and to Stephen Bly, Aberdeen City Council’s Community Engagement Officer, who set up the event and helped out with the work.

Photo Credit: Stephen Bly
Photo Credit: Stephen Bly

Momentum Skills were on one of their regular activity days with us and set about a major tidy up of the former MacMillan Plot. Thanks go to Linda and all the gang for their efforts. They are very much appreciated.

Miracle Compost Maker

Want to add some oomph to your homemade compost? Need to add some extra heat to your pile to kill off those pesky weed seeds?

GFAA plotters can use this super-dooper-compost-enhancer-material entirely free of all charges.

Feel free to collect as much as you like every week after George cuts the grass. Or if you prefer, it’s available for only £49.95 per barrow load with free delivery to your plot.

Community Sunday May 2019

You are cordially invited to this month’s Community Sunday from 11.00 to 12.30 at Garthdee Field Allotments. Tea and coffee will be served at 12.30.

There is plenty to do around the communal areas of the site:

  • remove bonfire ash and tidy area (nails etc)
  • weeding South Bank
  • remove large weeds from wildflower meadow (if any)
  • pothole filling
  • orchard tidying (e.g. fruit bushes)
  • dead heading daffodils
  • etc.

Looking forward to seeing all who can make it,

Happy plotting (I’m hoping for rain any day except Sunday)

Michael Hart
Secretary – GFAA

Seed Potatoes Available

We have a goodly number of nicely chitted seed tatties available for plotters to use. Varieties include: Blue Danube, Rooster, and two types of Sarpo. These are available from the Seed Swop area in the Octagon. Please help ourselves.

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