Garthdee Allotments

Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

Seed Sale Event

GFAA are running our first Seed Sale this May. We hope this will become an annual event from now on, run for the benefit of our plotters, volunteers, friends and indeed the wider gardening community in Aberdeen.

Raymond (Plot 83) has kindly agreed to manage and run this event. Raymond has been sowing and pricking out a wide variety of seeds and plants for many weeks now.

If you can offer your time to help with event preparation – sowing, pricking out, potting on, or have plants you can donate to the sale, Raymond would love to hear from you. Please do get in touch.

The event is planned for the third Sunday in May. Please spread the word to all who might be interested.

Some Spring Surprises

Thanks to the continued generosity of Raymond (Plot 83) and Pete (Plot 33) and many other benefactors unknown, our Community Seed Swop area is now brimming full with viable seeds for the current growing season.

Thanks too are due to Bob of One Seed Forward who kindly donated two bags of seed potatoes for use by plotters and volunteers.

Feel free to help yourselves to seeds or potatoes from the Octagon. No need to be too greedy: hopefully there will be plenty to go around, but they are offered while stocks last and on a first come, first served basis.

If you don’t find what you are looking for, remember you can get a 40% discount on all seeds from Dobies online when you use the Code SUGD196X on checkout. Other orders attract a 5% discount if you use the same code.

Job Opportunity

Thanks go to Anna who suggested this post.


Gardener / Outdoor Areas Worker
Full time: 37.5 hours/week over 5 days
1-year, fixed term post (with view to extend dependant on funding)
Salary: £22,308 – £23,400

Camphill Wellbeing Trust is a medical charity which provides extended approaches to address illness, support resilience and maintain wellbeing. We have a dedicated and passionate team of employees and volunteers, based across three sites approximately 6 miles west of Aberdeen City. A vacancy has arisen within the Compass Project team for an enthusiastic and capable Outdoor Areas Worker / Gardener to support the development
and success of our Compass project outdoor areas and related activities.
The role involves working with the team to care for all aspects of the 4.1 acres outdoor site, including its mixed woodland. Gardening / horticultural / agricultural experience is required, and experience of beekeeping is desirable. Ability to forward plan with regards to planting and growing produce is essential as is an ability to operate a range of appropriate
land management tools.
Key responsibilities include:

  • Ongoing development of Compass outdoor areas in line with sustainability and organic/ biodynamic principles
  • Guiding volunteers, patients, school pupils and people with additional support needs in meaningful outdoor activities
  • Ensuring health & safety of outdoor areas
  • Supporting and educating volunteers, service users and local community in healthy food production on a small scale while maximising growing opportunities and production in gardening areas
  • Documentation of progress through photography and video
    If you have the relevant experience along with strong communication and people skills, we would love to hear from you.
    For further information and application pack, please email admin@cwt.scot or contact us on 01224 862008. Site visits can be arranged at your request.
    CLOSING DATE for applications: Tuesday 2nd April 2024 at 17.00.
  • You can find out more about us on our website: www.camphillwellbeing.org.uk or
    www.compassaberdeen.org.uk

Moving Things Forward

After months of delays, repeated failures and resulting frustrations, we finally managed to find a firm willing and able to come and remove the last remaining large storage container this week.

The removal clears the space for the construction of a large storage facility that will be positioned next to the new Cabin Workshop, taking the pressure off of it, the Lawnmower Garage, the Bothy and the Octagon. We will now be able to get each of these working more efficiently for the purposes they were intended. It’s especially pleasing that this means we will be able to reinstate the storage space for the bank of communal tools for the use of new arrivals on site and Micro-Plotters.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Barry and Kay who offered the Association their large shed for communal use when they gave up their plot in the course of last year. We hope to get it erected and refurbed in its new position over the next few weeks.

Bonfire 2024

Thanks go to all the plotters, volunteers and GF friends who made it along to help feed the flames this Sunday passed.

Shed Shifters Supreme

Our recent Community Sunday activities included moving a very heavy shed base. It took some effort, but we got it done and the team were quick to celebrate their triumph.

Photo Credit: Anna Fulop

Thanks go to all of the committee, plotters and volunteers who came along and apologies to those who missed out on the photo opps.

Photo Credit: Anna Fulop

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