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IYN – What a result!

Our 2018 Its Your Neighbourhood assessors report is now with us.  It makes great reading.


Introduction:
The Garthdee Field Allotments Association Committee manages the site in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.
The site lies to the West of Aberdeen and has about 100 plotters working full, half or micro allotments. There is also a growing band of volunteers who help look after the grounds.
The group’s current priorities are:
• Sharing gardening expertise and good practice
• Encouraging green and sustainable gardening methods
• Increasing awareness of the importance of biodiversity
• Widening plotters’ participation in projects and social events
• Spreading the benefits of plot working and being outdoors into the wider community.
In their own words, ‘Garthdee Field is a wonderful, friendly, green space. We plotters see it as, our wee place in the country’. We are enthusiastic gardeners and like sharing ideas about gardening better and greener. We want to share our enthusiasm and site with the wider community. We are proud of Garthdee Field and our plots and enjoy showing visitors around’.
I couldn’t agree more and enjoyed every second of my recent visit. What a fantastic Its Your Neighbourhood group!

Section A – Community Participation (40% or 40 points)


The Octagon continues to be an asset for the group as their ‘community hub’ it is used daily by the group, volunteers, schools and students. It is a lovely place for a spot of lunch!
The display on show in the Octagon was great showed all the various elements of work going on throughout the year.
The group has some great partnerships in place with the local primary school, RGU, and Club 10.
The allotments benefit from a regular, committed volunteer squad. This is obviously a huge asset to the group.
It was great to hear that the group has taken their knowledge and skills on the road and have helped undertake some work on a sensory garden as Orchard Brae ASN school.
The relationship with TAMS (The Allotment Market Stalls) continues to bear fruit (sorry) with both groups benefiting from the partnership.
This year the group received a donation of timber from Robertsons which has been welcomed.
The site is accessible to the public and regularly used by dog walkers. The group has an excellent Web site which provides good information.

Total points assessed for Section A (out of 40) 39

Section B – Environmental Responsibility (30% or 30 points)


It was good to hear about the group’s engagement with young people. Kaimhill Primary School are regular visitors learning about gardening and building bug hotels around the site.
Bird boxes are doing well and at least one new pond has been created.
The Octagon has been painted and looks great.
Rainwater is collected and stored.
The group is very pleased that the site is used as a council drop off for leaves and hopes that this continues later in the year.
The wheelchair accessible toilet is a fantastic addition to the site.

Total points assessed for Section B (out of 30) 29

Gardening Achievement (30% or 30 points)

The site is a fantastic experience to walk round and view all the different plots with their variety of planting. There are colourful displays of fruit, vegetables and flowers across the site. There has obviously been some bumper crops this year.
Most of the plots are maintained to a very high standard and the site and local environment in general is very well cared for.
It was great to hear stories about some of the plots/plotters and it came as no surprise to hear that Beechgrove Garden has been a regular visitor.
The orchard is fantastic, and the trees have produced excellent fruit this year.
The group has identified the need for a new ride on mower and this is a priority for the site.
Surplus produce has been donated to TAMS again this year which is great.

Total points assessed for Section C (out of 30) 29

GRAND TOTAL POINTS ASSESSED 97

LEVEL ACHIEVED Level 5 – Outstanding

Areas of achievement:
2018 has been a year of consolidation for the group but the group continue to develop and grow, the allotment site is an absolute delight.
The group are welcoming and very enthusiastic. It is obvious they love what they do and have real pride in what they have achieved to date.
I loved the polytunnel and the variety of peppers and aubergines being grown. The Octagon is fantastic and a real asset to the group.
The Assessor Handout was very helpful and gave some of the detail behind the work that has gone on throughout 2018.
Garthdee Field Allotments Association is an inspiration! Congratulations on a fantastic site and well done to everyone involved.

Recommendations/suggestions from your assessor:
Look to work with the council to progress the group’s ambitions and work towards a Green Flag for the site.
Continue to engage with young people of all ages.
Continue to involve yourselves in Keep Scotland Beautiful and Aberdeen City Council’s environmental campaigns such as Clean Up Aberdeen.
Promote the great work being done at every opportunity i.e. enter for awards, involve local media.

Download Original Report as PDF


 

Stuart

All I can add is a huge thank you to everyone who put their backs and hearts into all the hard work over the year on their own plots and around the site and so produced this wonderful result.

 

IYN Assessment Visit 2018

We enjoyed a supportive and formative It’s Your Neighbourhood Assessment visit on Thursday from our new assessors, Steven Shaw and Daniel Shand.

Steven and Daniel seemed impressed with our efforts over the year and went out of their way to comment on the friendly buzz they notice on their visits to Garthdee Field.  They also offered us lots of encouragement and helpful advice, especially about what actions will be needed if we decide to go for Green Flag status in the coming year.

It will be some wee time before we know the outcome of our assessment, so please cross your fingers and watch this space!

Community Sunday August 2018

Thanks to everyone who made it along to help us prepare the site for our IYN Assessment.  It was wonderful to see such a good turnout on what started out as a very unpromising day weather-wise.  A special thanks to Alice (Plot Micro 2c) on her first outing on a Community Sunday and to the magnificent bakers.

What a team!

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.

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