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August Community Sunday

All set for this Sunday’s efforts? Coffee and cake as ever. Or a chance to check out the new lawnmower!

Gwen’s Garden Request

Benji from Gwen’s Garden have asked for our help.

“Can I ask for help with the project we have in the field next to you called Gwen’s Garden. We’re a small grassroots group helping promote bio diversity in the area. And are asking for some help with donations of any spare flowers or plants preferably perennials but all is welcome.”

We’d like to work in partnership with the allotments to really promote diversity back into the area. I’ve attached are tree planting plan for winter 2020, and a link to our Facebook page and our page on its your neighbourhood site. If you can spread the word around the allotments it would be truly appreciated.

This is an excellent project and I am sure many plotters will want to help. You can reach Benji by email at:

Remembering Sandy Inkster

Photo Credit: Phil Wilkie

As I’m sure everyone has now heard Sandy Inkster, plot 89, sadly passed away on 25th of June. Sandy was a great supporter of Garthdee Field Allotments Association and brought us national recognition with his appearances on The Beechgrove Garden when they visited his plot through the course of last season. He was always very generous with his advice, fantastic produce and his ongoing help to others in keeping their plots in tip top condition. He was a general fund of knowledge!!
Many people have suggested that we organise a collection so that we can buy a bench in Sandy’s memory. If you would like to donate to this fund, please pass on any monies or cheques (made out to G.F.A.A.) to a committee member, or you can make your donation by direct money transfer to GFAA’s bank account. (Please see Michael Hart’s recent email for our bank details, or contact any member of the committee.)

Thank you all for your support, and I’m sure we will all look forward to enjoying a seat on Sandy’s bench remembering a much-loved fellow plotter and friend. Phil and Susan, Plot 35.

It’s BBQ time!

Saturday 13th July 2019 from 12 noon

Plotters and our volunteers, along with their families and friends, are invited to our Summer Barbecue
at the Community Orchard area of the Garthdee Field Allotments Site

Please bring your preferred BBQ food and drink (and if you can a salad or sweet to share with visitors)

There will be a Raffle with proceeds going to GFAA funds

Donations for the raffle will be gratefully received by
Gill Earle (Plot 64) Stuart Oram (Plot 8) or Norman Coutts (Plot 81)

Offers to loan BBQs would be especially helpful

Please send any queries or offers of help on the day to Gill Earle / 07951021319

Gabe Cook Cider Event

Neil Clapperton has been in touch with the following request:

Dear all,

I’d like to bring Gabe Cook, the Ciderologist north from Herefordshire to Aberdeen to entertain and inform, but also help facilitate the setting up of a network of those interested in craft cider making (or sampling) across the North East, Angus, Tayside and the Highlands. You can find him on Instagram and Youtube.

If you are interested in setting up community orchards, or community cider making, have a start-up cider business or just want to make a batch of cider at home, this is someone well worth listening to, with lots of international experience and passion about both cider and perry. Just like wine in the 80’s and beer in the last two decades, the craft of cider is really taking off across the globe and in places far from traditional heartlands. Gabe has just written an entertaining introduction to it, which you can buy from Waterstones I’m sure.

You may be an existing cider producer or a commercial organisation with an interest in this area, and I’d like to hear from you too. The potential for food and drink enterprises based on apple production is significant and a key focus for the Chamber of Commerce and ambitions to diversify the rural/urban economy.

If you are interested and might come, please tell me. I need to gauge interest to choose a venue.

If you know someone who has dabbled in cider or is serious about it, then please pass it on but also put them in touch with me direct if you can. Are you a member of a group or community body that might be interested? Please share with them too.

And call if you want to discuss.

In any event I would love to hear from you.

Kind regards


Neil Clapperton
M: 07765 19637

The Bonfire in Figures

The annual Spring bonfire was completed safely and successfully yesterday.


The figures:

Total fire-feeding hours – 7.5 (09.30 – 17.00)
Number of helpers – 10
Step count per helper – 15,000+ (as actually recorded!)
Carloads of inappropriate waste removed – 2 (why?)
The tonnage of stuff burned – 100+ (well, that’s how it felt anyway!).

Big, big thanks go to those who turned out to help and to Hazel (Plot 66B) for the fantastic lunchtime sausage rolls and cupcakes.

The ash will be cool enough to move in a few days. Please help yourselves to some – excellent for your fruit bushes, strawberries etc.

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