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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.

Volunteers Ahoy!

Our Volunteer Squad enjoyed a couple of days off site recently helping clear and tidy a garden in Peterculter.

In return the householder was happy to donate a small greenhouse and shed for GFAA use, so it was a case of a real win-win for all concerned. Big thanks go to Stephen Bly, Aberdeen City Council’s Community Engagement Officer for making this possible and all of the arrangements and especially to George on Plot 3 for dropping this own plans to come and give us a hand with the moves yesterday.

Community Engagement Opportunities

We had the pleasure of welcoming Stephen Bly to Garthdee Field today. Stephen is Aberdeen City Council’s Community Engagement Officer.

It was good to have the opportunity to show Stephen around and tell him something of our efforts and projects to promote active community engagement over recent years.

Better still, Stephen was able to give us all sorts of pointers and leads to possible future community collaborations and activities. Watch this space for details of new projects we hope to see started in the weeks and months ahead.

We are up to our necks in it

StuartWe’ve just received a 10 tonne load of manure from the City Council. The load was dumped at the bottom of the site near Plot 20
Please help yourself but I suggest you take only one or two barrow loads so that as many of our plotters as possible have an opportunity to share the load.
This is in addition to the 15 tonnes of compost we received a week ago so we’re well set up this year for feeding our plots.
We were unable to divert any of the load to the top of the site as the vehicles were too large both for the manure and the compost.

The sweet smell of success?

Dear Plotters
Today ACC has delivered a load of freshly produced compost, which is located in the lowest bin next to the main car park.
You’ll recognise it from its dark colour and mild fragrance.
To share this out among ourselves, can I suggest that any plotholder takes no more than 5 barrow loads?
As this is the first of this compost we have received, it would be helpful if you could let a committee member know of its effectiveness (later in the season).
 If we receive any further delivery from ACC (either compost or manure), please allow those plot holders who did not take from this delivery to have priority access, for up to an overall total of 5 barrow loads per plot.
Happy plotting,
Best Regards
Michael Hart

Spring Flowers

You will remember that we spent one of our Community Sunday’s at the back-end of the year planting 2000 spring bulbs kindly supplied via Aberdeen City Council. Well, it’s been a long, cold wait, but the fruits of our labours are now out for all to see and in their full splendour. They certainly add a lovely splash of colour around our site and bring the promise of better days ahead in the new growing season.

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