Orchard Brae called this week wishing to visit our allotment site. They arrived just after 1 pm yesterday – one minibus load driven by Roddy. They stayed for an hour having a walk round admiring the many varieties of vegetables and flowers on display particularly Steve’s sunflowers – plot 37. We bumped into Gill at plot 29 who gave them some plums and rasps to their great delight. We stopped off briefly in the Octagon for some plums to eat and apples to take away. A very pleasant interlude for all concerned on a lovely sunny day.
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It was a pleasure to welcome the Club 10 group back with us this last week. Since June the group have been growing on some of the raised beds. They came back to see how their stuff had grown and harvested some of the fruit and veggies.
We were blessed with a lovely early evening for the visit and all of the kids and their families seemed to get a real charge out of the activities. We look forward to welcoming them back in the new season.
We enjoyed a supportive and formative It’s Your Neighbourhood Assessment visit on Thursday from our new assessors, Steven Shaw and Daniel Shand.
Steven and Daniel seemed impressed with our efforts over the year and went out of their way to comment on the friendly buzz they notice on their visits to Garthdee Field. They also offered us lots of encouragement and helpful advice, especially about what actions will be needed if we decide to go for Green Flag status in the coming year.
It will be some wee time before we know the outcome of our assessment, so please cross your fingers and watch this space!
Our TAMS donations seem to be bigger than ever this season. This is great news. Donations to TAMS will produce income for GFAA at the end of the year and help spread the health and environmental benefits of eating locally grown food around our wider community.
If you want to donate any surplus you have, but can’t make it down for the Thursday afternoon pick-up, let us know and we can arrange for our volunteers, Gordon and Mike, to pick up stuff for you on Thursday morning. Please be specific about what you want to be taken!
Plotters will recall GFAA joined Dobies Group Scheme last year, offering a 40% discount on orders placed for plotters and a 10% benefit forAssociation funds. Well, 40% on seeds and 10% on everything else.
Dobies (that is Dobies the seed merchants with one “b”, not the local chain of garden centres) have been in touch to say that they are going to be putting £56.63 into our association bank account at the end of the month. That is based on a value of £499.34 (after discount) of total orders placed with them by our members.
This is quite encouraging for the first year of the scheme’s operation. A total of 22 orders were placed in the course of the year. We joined the scheme a wee bit late in the season. The new catalogues will be available in September, along with a new unique discount code that must be used. Please note the old code can no longer be used after the end of this month. If you would like to take part in the coming year, please look out for further info in the course of next month.
Thanks to all who supported the scheme this time around. I have not heard of any problems or disappointments, but please let me know if you have any concerns.
Thanks to everyone who made it along to help us prepare the site for our IYN Assessment. It was wonderful to see such a good turnout on what started out as a very unpromising day weather-wise. A special thanks to Alice (Plot Micro 2c) on her first outing on a Community Sunday and to the magnificent bakers.
What a team!