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The volunteer squad strike again…

Not even record temperatures stop Gordon and Grant putting in a shift.

Thanks guys!

The gang’s all here

Today’s volunteer session was hard work in the heat, but great fun.  Thanks to Gill for coming by to lend her support and apologies to Anne for missing her photograph – she was moving too fast to get her in frame!

Left to right: Norman, Grant, Gill and Gordon.

Celebrating with the Birthday Boy

Gordon, our longest-serving volunteer, managed to let it slip that today was his birthday, so we managed to arrange a wee celebration lunch for him.

Left to right: Michael, George, Marion, Gordon, Gill, Jacqui, Norman

A couple of questions:

How come after a morning gardening, Gordon manages to look like a visiting dignitary?

Is he lying about his age?  He doesn’t look anything like 59!

For sure, it was great to have him with us on this special day and we wish him all the best for many happy returns.


Saying au revoir to Magda …

You may have noticed that Magda has not been around this Spring after being a regular volunteer down on the raised beds and community area last year.


Magda has been in touch to say that she has returned to her native Poland for family reasons and will not be back around in the near future.  She asked me to pass on her thanks to all who helped her feel at home on Garthdee Field and said that working with us was one of the most positive experiences of her stay in Scotland.  Luckily, her plotting days are not over, as she will be helping out on her Grandma’s allotment at home.

Our thanks go to Magda for her efforts and our best wishes for the future and we hope we will see you back sometime, Magda.



Say hello to Priscilla …

Priscilla is our latest volunteer and is now a regular visitor on site.

Priscilla is from Nigeria and holds a Masters Degree in botany: she was keen to volunteer to gain hands on experience of growing.  You may have seen Priscilla and Ella, her one-year-old, helping out around the site.  Priscilla is a regular on Saturday mornings and comes along other days as she can manage.  Be sure to say hello next time you see her.

Grace Bales – our latest volunteer

We welcomed our latest volunteer site helper on site today.  Grace Bales, from the USA, is a student at the University of Aberdeen. She has an interest in organic growing and working outside and sought us out for an opportunity to get away for a while from the academic ‘bubble’ of the university – in Grace’s own words.  Judging by today’s efforts, Grace will be a real asset for us.

Grace’s first day could have gone a lot better.  We were all set to meet her on arrival, our best laid plans went wrong and we missed her completely.  Far from being phased, Grace took matters into her own hands and, with a little help from Dod on Plot 21, fixed herself up with a shovel and barrow and set about filling potholes for the rest of the afternoon.   I think this is what Americans call a, ‘can-do attitude!’  Luckily, Michael spotted her at work and headed over to lend a hand.

Grace will be on site on Wednesdays from about lunchtime.  She hopes to pick up gardening skills and is willing to help around the wider site or on plots.  If you see her about in the weeks ahead, please go over and say hello.

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