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Managing Your Allotment – Guidance Notes

In December 2017 Aberdeen City Council issued an updated set of guidance notes for plotters called, “Managing your Allotment”. The new version contains updated information on, e.g. ponds, polytunnels and keeping bees.   For your convenience, you will find a copy of this document under the Advice Tab at the top of our Homepage. Or you can follow this link.

Aberdeen in Bloom Garden Competition

Stuart

It was wonderful this week to see Garthdee Field so prominent in the Allotments Section of the Aberdeen in Bloom Annual Garden Competition.  We had the biggest number of entries, showing our continued support for the City Council’s efforts to promote gardening and allotments.

It was great to see so many new entrants from GFAA there at the Civic Reception to collect their certificates and prizes from the Lord Provost.  GFAA can claim to have dominated the six prizes, occupying as we did places six, five, four and two.

But the night really belonged to our own GFAA superstar – Sandy Inkster.  Not only did Sandy take our top ranking second prize for his allotment, but also he came in first in the Garden Display section for the whole city and took the overall outstanding entrant award.  What a wonderful result!

Hearty congratulations go to Sandy and all the other prize and certificate winners and thanks are due to all plotters who entered from our site.

Aberdeen in Bloom Competition

Stuart

Application forms for the 2017 competition are now available and entries have to be returned got to be returned to Aberdeen City Council by 14 July.  We have always been big supporters of the City’s, Britain in Bloom efforts and I hope we will see the usual big entry from plotters this year.  A good level of entries helps show how keen we plotters are on our allotments and the Council’s work to support green spaces and gardening.

Plotters can pick up an entry from from the Bothy or from Council offices and libraries.  Alternatively, you can submit your entry online via the Aberdeen in Bloom Page.

I hope we will see a bumper crop of entries this year!

Plot Security Advice

Pat Wilson has forwarded this advice from Police Scotland.

Security

When looking at issues surrounding security always take into consideration the following three points:

APPROPRIATE – If the risk is small a simple solution will be appropriate, the higher the risk the more that will need to be implemented

REALISTIC – Make sure that whatever you suggest or implement tackles the problem or any foreseen problem

COST EFFECTIVE – The cost of whatever you suggest or implement should be in proportion to the risk and affordability

Fencing

The fencing at the allotments is actually more of a physical deterrent rather than a definitive security barrier. In order to completely prevent anyone from climbing into each allotment, a great expense would have to be paid for substantial fencing. This is not realistic or cost effective. There are some measures that you can put in place to protect your fence.

A close wire mesh fence can be difficult to climb and offers good protection. Wooden panel fencing is generally a good barrier. If putting up a wooden panel fencing nail a strip of galvanised wire along the panels at a height of a third and two thirds up the fence. On top of that attached some mesh or heavy netting to further protect the fence. A further, more extreme, measure may be to connect every panel to the posts with coach bolts to make removal more difficult.

Barb wire* (or similar) along the top of fencing. The police advise against the use of such methods of intruder prevention due to the risk of legal action if someone is injured. Of course, it is not only intruders and trespassers who risk being injured by barbed wire or broken glass. Householders owe a much greater duty of care to anyone on the property with permission.

Anti-climb paint can be painted along the top of the fence. Anti-climb paint is also known as anti-vandal, anti-burglar, anti-intruder or anti scale paint. It is basically a thick glutinous paint with a similar appearance to smooth gloss paint however when applied it does not dry and remains slippery indefinitely so preventing an intruder from gaining a foothold. However not only does it not dry it is also extremely difficult to remove from clothing so acting as an excellent deterrent to possible intruders. This makes anti climb paint a very simple, economic and effective way of protecting your property from intruders. Please note that anti-climb paint should always be applied at least 2 metres above normal access height and its presence should be clearly indicated with warning signs, it is generally accepted that warning signs should be displayed at no more than 3-4 metre intervals and in a position where they are easy to read

Prikka Strip* – is a plastic strip of spiky platy spikes Property owners must satisfy themselves that no harm will be caused by these products and should display a warning notice advertising that an anti-intruder device has been fitted. http:// www.prikka-strip.co.uk/

Shed – For information on shed and outbuildings security then please go tohttp:// www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your- garden-and-outbuildings. Always carefully consider what you keep in your shed? How valuable is it? How would I cope, how would I feel if it was stolen?

DON’T KEEP VALUABLES AT THE ALLOTMENTS

For further advice on home and personal security then visit http:// www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/

*Plotters are reminded that the Council prohibits the use barbed wire and similar devices on our site.

Recycling Plant Pots and Seed Trays

Some recent news from Pat at the Council:

Please find information detailed below via Adrian Atkinson, Representative, Holburn Street, to share with the plotters at your sites.

You may be aware that the Council has started to roll-out mixed recycling facilities and this includes some things that couldn’t previously be recycled locally – including ‘plastic pots, tubs and trays’. I’ve checked with the ACC waste team and this includes plastic plant pots and trays so they can now be recycled rather then put into rubbish for landfill. The new service is currently being rolled out for premises that have on-street recycling/rubbish bins – i.e. flats and tenements, with individual houses to follow at a later date but it does mean that you might have a mixed recycling bin nearby (as we do in Ferryhill) that you could use. Check this link for more details.

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/waste/waste_recycling/waste_onstreet_mixed_recycling.asp

Regards

Pat

Pat Wilson
Project Support Officer

Blooming Britain!

GFAA were part of a Council group at the Duthie Park representing Aberdeen City in the Britain in Bloom competition today.  Along with a dozen or so other organisations we were invited along to evidence gardening activities in the City.  The judges were very interested to hear of the development of the Primary Plot, our activities with RGU, the planting up of the South Bank and our losing battles with the deer.

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