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Volunteer’s Breakfast Event

Aberdeen City Council hosted an excellent volunteers networking opportunity this week as a thank you to all the groups who have contributed to the Council’s It’s Your Neighbourhood efforts.

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The event was hosted in the Duthie Park and featured some exceptionally fine cakes and bakes, or affa fancy peeces if you prefer.

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IYN Preparation 2016

Stuart2016 marks GFAA’s third year in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme. We achieved a Thriving assessment at our first go and now we have an Outstanding ranking to defend in 2016 after our success last year.  Outstanding is the highest award possible. Taking part in IYN has been a source of good advice on growing, the environment and building a better community, but just as importantly, it has helped us open doors to getting more external funding for our site and facilities.

This last month Norman and I took part in a workshop to help us prepare for this year’s assessment.  It’s an important year as 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of Britain in Bloom.  The workshop was hosted jointly by IYN, The Royal Horticultural Society and Aberdeen City Council.

Juliette Camburn hosting and appearing for IYN

Juliette Camburn hosting and appearing for IYN

Stephen Shaw for Aberdeen City Council

Stephen Shaw for Aberdeen City Council

Liz Stewart for RHS

Liz Stewart for RHS

Karen Allan for Aberdeen City Council

Karen Allan for Aberdeen City Council

Some of the key messages for our preparation included:

  • keeping in touch and seeking advice
  • using online resources from IYN and RHS
  • using print and digital comms to get our message across
  • have a vision of where we want to go
  • marking the 50th Anniversary in some way
  • building partnerships with others
  • seeking Council officer and elected member involvement
  • celebrate our successes and good news stories locally and nationally
  • get all ages involved
  • use the council media office to help with the press
  • think about sustainability and long term vitality
  • don’t stand still and get stuck in ruts.

So, we have lots to get on with then!  I and any of the committee members will welcome all suggestions and discussions about our key developments and plans for the future – and of course help to prepare our site for the upcoming IYN Assessment visit.

 

 

Seeing things differently…

Plotters and visitors may have noticed some changes around the Community Garden and Orchard of late.

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With funding from Aberdeen Greenspace and help from Aberdeen City Council we have been able to define better the planned Primary Plot, add a new field drain and sump to improve drainage in the area and build up the road to level the area between this area and the Polytunnel.  Our collaborations with HMP Grampian have borne fruit with the provision of a pergola and a set of garden benches.  Work is still ongoing and dependent on securing appropriate funding, but we hope to see further exciting developments in this area, including provision of a disabled toilet and a gazebo for use by plotters and visiting groups in the future.

Watch this space!

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.
Stuart

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.
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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).
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 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 Bulbs

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Aberdeen Council have again this year kindly supplied us with 1000 crocus and 1000 daffodil bulbs. These are now available in the Bothy and this Saturday and /or Sunday 5th/6th December would be a good time to get them planted around our site, provided the ground isn’t frozen or snow covered!
If any plotters wish to plant some of the bulbs on or around the roadway edges of their plot or where they can be seen from the paths please feel free to take some for personal planting.  All that is needed for planting is a spade and bulbs need to be at a depth of around 6inches or 150mm.
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Please let me know if you plant any so we can monitor where to plant others in the future.

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