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Break-ins and the Police

The Police visited the site today and spoke with a number of plotters who suffered break-ins to their sheds.

They request that all plotters affected phone in a notification of the event including any damage or losses via the 101 non-emergency number and cite Incident Number CF 0167170718.  This will allow the Police to take a coordinated approach in their response.

 

Bees’ needs abound

Am I right in thinking there have been more bees around this year?  I guess the weather has been to their liking.  However, it’s clear they need all the help we can offer them.  This is Bees’ Needs Week.  Check out these ideas for helping them out.

Using water wisely

Thanks go to Ranald (Plot 75) for bringing this advice from Scottish Water to our attention.

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Scottish Water – Advice

Customers across Scotland asked to use water wisely  03 July 2018

Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.

Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Water is encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve our public water supplies.

In some areas, there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.

Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.

Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.

Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.

Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. Simple, practical steps which we encourage include:

Taking shorter showers

Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants

Using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle

Turning off taps in the home whenever possible

Using washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded


Plotters are asked to take note.  Using a watering can rather than a hose helps put the water where it needs to be.  Please note that the use of sprinkler devices and systems that water whole areas of plots rather than specific plants is not appropriate.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Updates June 2018

Two important updates have recently been added to our Advice Pages. The new pages deal with:

Plotters are asked to take note.

The season ahead

 

Our allotment site is looking good just now with the fruit trees in blossom, the grass cut and plots prepared with planting underway. Everyone does their best to keep their own plot and other parts of the site tidy and in good nick but just recently there have been occasions when clumps of weed and divots from some plot or other have been dumped at the bottom of the site and there have been several occasions when the overhead barrier at the site entrance has been left open overnight.

So this is a gentle reminder for all allotment holders and their helpers to observe the following good practice:-

a) Not dumping any unwanted material on site. If you don’t want it on your plot, take it away to the Council recycling depots or your domestic waste bins or ask a Committee member to help you dispose of material if you’re having difficulty.

b) If you open the overhead barrier, make sure you close it when you leave. It would also be helpful if you’re last out in the evening to put the chain across the entrance.

c) Make sure your plot is numbered and that the number is visible from the access tracks.

Thanks to all those anonymous plotters and volunteers who help out in their own quiet way, filling potholes, picking up litter and generally contributing to the upkeep of the site for the benefit of all us who use the allotments.

Here’s hoping we all have a rewarding growing season.

Hats off to Robertson Construction!

Despite the weather, our allotment holders and volunteers were all smiles this week when Robertson Construction delivered surplus pallets and timber from their Caledon Court site on the corner of Garthdee and Auchinyell roads.  Better still, they have promised more in the future.

The handover was made by Kelly Simms who is Group Community Development Coordinator for the Company. A few days earlier, Kelly, on behalf of Robertson Group, had presented us with over 40 large Easter eggs which were given to Kaimhill Primary School for the children who visit the allotments as part of their curriculum during the summer term.

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We greatly appreciate such gestures from businesses like Robertson Group supporting the local community so it’s a big thank-you to them from all at GFAA.

Plans for the use of the materials are being finalised and will be announced soon.

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