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Growing Smarter – Britain in Bloom Event

On Thursday, Dawn and I joined Stuart at this event, hosted by Aberdeen City Council. The aim was to give local growing groups the opportunity to met informally and share information and ideas in support of Aberdeen’s entry into Britain in Bloom this year and other, It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives.
About a dozen groups were represented including allotment associations, friends of local parks, ranger services, the allotment market stall project, horticultural societies, Britain in Bloom community groups and environmental organisations.
All agreed it was a very useful way of finding out what others were doing and tapping into possible funding streams and related opportunities.
Many of the organisations present brought poster presentations of their aims and work with them.  It is clear GFAA is missing a trick in this regard. The committee would be very pleased to hear from any members with ideas of how we might go about creating such a display and presentation.
Affa fine peeces!

Affa fancy peeces!

Green Times Summer 2014

The summer 2014 edition of Green Times has just been published with information on Aberdeen’s environmental news and events. In this publication find out about:
·         East Tullos Burn project
·         Clean Up Aberdeen
·         Waste Aware Updates
·         River Don gateways
·         Eco Schools
·         Sustainable living video
·         Duthie Park and Countryside Rangers events and activities
To view a copy of this edition go to Our Green Times
Alison Leslie
Sustainable Development Officer
Planning & Sustainable Development
Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen in Bloom

Judging for The Aberdeen in Bloom Garden Competition  2014 will take place over two weeks from 28th July to 8th August. There are various categories for the competition and City Allotments is category 8. I am circulating this e-mail to encourage as many of our plotters as possible to enter the competition this year. Our allotment site is the biggest in the City and the City Council would greatly appreciate a strong participation from our Association.
Judging is based on the following criteria:-
Condition of Plot
Crop Quality
Variety of Crops
Waste Management
Organic Methods Adopted
Aesthetic Quality/Health and Safety
There are a lot of very interesting and varied plots on our site and it would be good to see what the judges say. Don’t be put off because you think your plot might not be good enough – its participating that counts.
A notice has been posted on the site notice board about the competition and I have entry forms available for any one interested. – Just let me know.
The closing date for all entries is 18th July
Stuart Oram
Chairman – GFAA

Unwanted Items Collection May 31/June 1

Aberdeen City Council have offered to provide us with a trailer/cart to facilitate removal of unwanted items from our plots. This would include old carpets, corrugated iron, wire mesh, glass items and so on. Wood should be retained for burning on site. This offer is being made to help us tidy up our allotments and is a one off.
The trailer will be parked on the site over the w/e of 31st May/1st June. The Council have asked that we do not put corrugated iron or metals in the trailer and instead lay any metal aside for separate uplift.
If you are unavailable during that w/e please make arrangements with fellow plotters to put any items you wish to get rid of on the trailer.
If anyone has stones they wish to get rid of, these can be deposited at the edge of the road beside, but opposite Plot 20 as it is intended to raise the level of this area in future to overcome flooding problems. So no stones should be put in the trailer.
Please don’t overload the trailer.
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Getting some help with your plot

To all Garthdee Field Allotment Holders.

Some of you might be finding it difficult to maintain a full plot and be willing to share part of your plot with someone else outwith the allotments.  It is, of course, quite in order for any allotment holder to arrange such assistance themselves at any time. However, the Association is working in partnership with The Info Hub which is based in the indoor market at The Green and funded by Aberdeen City Council. Some users of the Hub would like to be given the opportunity to have a small piece of ground on an existing allotment where they can grow their own vegetables. If any allotment holders would like to participate by sharing part of their plot please contact me (details upon request from the webmaster).

Stuart Oram
Chairman GFAA

Please enter Aberdeen in Bloom!

Aberdeen in Bloom is an initiative led by The City Council that aims to improve the environmental quality of the City for residents and visitors.  This is carried out by council staff and a number of local volunteer “In Bloom” groups across the city.

Interested?  Please continue reading “Aberden in Bloom” at the Council’s website where you can also apply online!



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