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Parliamentary Reception

This week past, Phil (Plot 35) and Norman (Plot 81) had the pleasure of representing GFAA at a Reception in the Garden Room of The Scottish Parliament.

The event was hosted by Kenneth Gibson MSP to celebrate the success of the Tesco Bags of Help programme and the company’s long-standing commitment to community investment.  Jane Lawrie (Group Communications Director at Tesco) and Julie Procter (Chief Executive at Greenspace Scotland) formed part of the welcome party.

After the welcoming speeches, there were many opportunities to mix with representatives from other community groups, charities and organisations from across Scotland that have benefited from Bags of Help.  Ideas flowed thick and fast and the air was full of friendly, positive energy.

It was a particular pleasure to meet up again with Rita Callander, the Bags of Help Enabler for our winning Octagon Project.

The two youngsters you see in the picture are Joss and Kaylyn from Ullapool who were there representing their school’s anti-littering community project. They gave a brilliant account of themselves and the success of their initiative.

In many ways these two youngsters summed up the whole evening, helping as they did to fill the room with energy and enthusiasm and a very positive feeling of communities coming together to make their local areas just that little bit better.  As someone says, Every Little Helps.

 

Opportunities Galore!

RHSA Gardening Workshops


Gone to Seed Tarland Seed Swap 2018 Update

Planning is underway for the Tarland Seed Swap and Potato Day for 2018.

Most of the boxes of seed envelopes have now been distributed, so please collect some and bring along your seed to the seed swap. Locations are listed on the poster but there will also be a box of seed envelopes at Cruickshank Gardens. Don’t worry if you have not managed to save seed this year, you can still take some envelopes away and try them out.

We have some old favourites plus some new exciting potatoes this year:

First Earlies:
Organic Casablanca 
Organic Maris Bard 
Rocket   

Red Duke of York

Sharpes Express

Belle De Fonteney

 

Second Earlies:
Organic Charlotte 
Organic Maris Peer
Organic Nicola 
Shetland Black

Jazzy

Anya

 

Main:
Highland Burgundy Red

Organic Orla

Organic Lady Balfour

Organic Pink Gypsy

Sarpo Mira 

Organic Arran Victory

Mayan Gold

Mayan Twilight

Pink Fir Apple

Violetta

Ama Rosa

Ratte  

A real highlight is John Marshall, Scotland Potato expert,  who will be giving an introductory talk on “The Potato Story” at 10.30  and then running a workshop on Growing Tips and Diseases, suitable for more experienced gardeners at 12.00.

We really look forward to seeing you all there.

Lizzy

Gone to Seed

No Dig Champion – Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is coming to give a talk at the Phoenix Community Centre at Newton Dee Village on Saturday 3 February.

Many plotters will be aware that Charles has practised his, ‘no dig method’ of growing vegetables for well over thirty years now.  In 2013 he moved to a derelict smallholding of one-fifth of an acre and very quickly transformed it into a productive vegetable garden.  He documented his efforts on a popular YouTube Channel (he has nearly 50,000 subscribers) and in a series of well-received books.

This link will take you to the Eventbrite Website to make reservations.

Calling all snappers!

The Royal Horticultural Society has teamed up with the Sunday Times to offer a new photo competition, encouraging young and old to get outside and, ‘record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be.” It is free to enter, and there is a prize of £5000 for the overall winner, and a secondary award goes to the winner of each of nine categories.

The categories include:
Welcoming Garden Wildlife
Celebrating Gardens
Pure Plants

A Portfolio category is for six images in a series or based on a single theme or style of photo.

Submit your entries via the RHS Website by 10.00am 1 March 2018. Full details are available on the RHS Website.  How nice would it be if Garthdee Field could feature in some of the winning photos!

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