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Research opportunity

Dr. Anja Byg of the Hutton Institute has been in touch and Garthdee plotters are invited to participate in this research project.

I am writing to you as part of a research project carried out by social scientists from the James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Rural College. The research focuses on ways of managing soils and biodiversity in Scotland. As part of this research project, we are looking for people who are growing things at different scales from garden owners and allotment holders to farmers and other land owners/managers and who would be willing to be interviewed by one of our team. The interview would take around one-and-a-half hours and would take place at a time and place convenient to you. It would focus on what you do on your plot, your experiences as well as your more general views on nature, biodiversity and soils. No specific knowledge, expertise or kind of approach is required to take part in the interview only a willingness to share your experiences with us. Attached is some more information about the research. We would be grateful if you could let us know if you would be interested in taking part and if you could pass on this email and attached information to other plot holders at the Garthdee Field Allotment Association. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Interested plotters can contact Stuart or Michael for more details.

Fruity Research Opportunity

Dr Nigel Hoggard from the University of Aberdeen has been in touch asking if we could help him recruit volunteers to take part in his Fruit Bar Study. This research project investigates the effect of fruit bars on sugar levels in blood. Further details are available on the study’s website.

Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (UK)

Thanks go to Sonya )Plot 97B) for suggesting this post.

This citizen science research project gives details of 14 pollinator-friendly flowers and invites participants to monitor plants and visitors in a set square of their plot.

Follow this link to the POMS website.

Mindful Plotting Research

Thanks go to Michael and Marion Malcolm for sharing this contact and proposing this post.  I have just completed the survey and found it entertaining and thought-provoking.

Greetings,

My name is Tereza Martinovska and I am in my final year of Honours Psychology at the University of Glasgow. I am currently collecting responses for my final year project under the supervision of Dr Maxine Swingler.

In my project I investigate the relationship between community gardening, mindfulness, nature connectedness and well-being. The data is collected confidentially and anonymously via an online survey and the project has been approved by the University of Glasgow Ethics Committee. Do you think some of your gardeners would be willing to help me out with this piece of research? I am looking to reach community gardeners specifically and I would be very grateful if you could help me distribute the link to the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W7M89YR

Would you mind passing the link on? I don’t know whether people are most responsive through a mailing list or on FB but the link can be shared anywhere.

It is mentioned in the Information form but maybe worth mentioning again that the responses are anonymous and that it would be amazing to have complete questionnaires but people are absolutely fine to skip questions that might make them feel uncomfortable. The survey should take abut 25-35 minutes to complete.

If you know of any other groups or individuals who might be interested, please do not hesitate to either send them the link, or if they want to know more information, pass them on to me.

I am hoping that my research will be able to contribute to a better understanding of the role of community gardening in people’s lives, and potentially inform policies supporting development and maintenance of community gardens.

Thank you very much for reading through this lengthy message. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via FB or on university email: 2146784M@student.gla.ac.uk

I wish you all the best!

Tereza Martinovska

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