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Its Your Neighbourhood Success

It is with great pleasure that I can tell all GFAA members, volunteers and friends that at the recent Britain in Bloom hosted, It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards Day, GFAA were awarded an Outstanding Level Award and, better still, our first Certificate of Distinction.  Gill and Phil attended the event on our behalf.

Our IYN Assessors, Ian and Sandra Maclennan, were full of praise and warm words for your efforts and achievements over the season.  A copy of their Garthdee Field Allotments Association 2017 report is attached.  The Evening Express Coverage was very positive about GFAA.

We are obviously delighted with this success and I want to thank all who contributed to the effort over the year. It’s been a super season on so many fronts, but nothing could be done without the continued support of plotters, volunteers and friends.

We are planning to share congratulations and celebrations at our up-coming AGM and General Meeting on Saturday 4 November at 11.00am at RGU Riverside East Building Room 346. I hope we will have a really big turnout.  Everyone is welcome.  We want your help to set directions and priorities for the coming year.

With best wishes,  Stuart.

It’s Your Neighbourhood – D-Day

It was a pleasure as always to have Ian and Sandra on site today to complete our annual assessment for IYN.  Fingers crossed!

How lucky are we?

The site was looking great in the sunshine this afternoon after lots of hard work to get it ready for our upcoming IYN assessment.  The new Octagon was a real picture.

This cheeky chappie also seemed pleased to be on site and was clearly appreciative of Gordon Mitchell’s efforts on the bird feeding front.

Gordon Mitchell joins us

It’s a great pleasure to welcome our most recent volunteer, Gordon Mitchell.  Gordon joined us a few weeks back and is now a regular on site on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Gordon with Linda MacDonald from Momentum Skills

Meantime Gordon has worked in and around the Community Garden, looking after the raised beds and watering in the poly tunnel.  He has just started work on a new project, installing and maintaining some bird feeders as part of our contribution to the IYN Birds, bees and trees focus for this year.

If any plotters have any feeders or bird tables not in use, please pass them on to Gordon or leave them in the Bothy or Octagon if that is easier.

Please be sure to come over and say hello to Gordon if you see him working.  He will be especially pleased to share ideas for encouraging small song birds on site.


Success Story – IYN

We were delighted to hear this last week that GFAA retained our “Outstanding” grading within the It’s Your Neighbourhood national assessment exercise this year.  Here are some of the things our assessors had to say about our efforts and projects:

“The energetic and innovative Garthdee Field Allotment Association members work tirelessly to improve and develop their site whilst engaging with a range of partners and funders. The site is a model of good practice, with meticulous planning and execution.”


Our assessors also noted these areas of special achievement:

  •  The ambitious south bank project – a major undertaking which is developing successfully.
  •  The drive and enthusiasm of the committee and members to keep moving forward and introducing new projects to enhance their site.
  • The wide range of partnerships and networking which brings welcome funding, supports different sectors of the community, and secures the viability and sustainability of the site.
  • The use of social media to publicise the work of the group and keep members and volunteers informed of progress. 

    We were also pleased that the assessors noted an overall improvement in the condition of many of our plots and recognised this with a higher score for gardening than we have been awarded in the past.  Thanks are due to all of our plotters who contributed by looking after their own plots and helping with work on verges and paths and around the site generally.  Likewise, this year we have had more help from plotters on Community Sundays and from our small, but growing band of volunteers from ACVO and the wider community.

A copy of the full report is attached – iyn-garhdee-2016

Judgement Day Cometh

Our new It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) Assessors, Ian and Sandra visited this week.  It was a pleasure to meet them and to show them around our site.


I’ve got to say Garthdee Field was looking wonderful for the visit.  Thanks go to all who contributed to getting the site into the best possible shape for the visit.  It will be a week or more before we get feedback on the assessment, but whatever the outcome, I am sure everyone did their very best to present our site at its best.

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