Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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Community Sunday Returns

It was a great pleasure to see so many plotters, volunteers and friends turn out for our first Community Sunday in such a long time. Thanks go to all who found the time to come along and help out on the day. We counted well north of twenty helpers.

Of course, it was not all coffee and cake and much work was completed around the site before the serious business of catching up with old and new friends began. I don’t think our site has ever looked better.

Thanks too go to Ron for his efforts selling our new range of planters, built by our volunteers. Sales and orders on the day netted over £50 for Association funds. A great effort all round. Further details of the planters available can be found in our new Online Catalogue. We are still accepting orders and some items are still in stock.

All in all we had a wonderful day and warm thanks go to everyone who helped get the new season of Community Sundays off to such a great start.

GFAA CCAF Benefits

Following our successful application for funding from the Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF), we have been able to purchase a small wood chipping machine and ten rainwater storage tanks.

The wood-chipping machine has so far proved useful in our community garden where the prunings from the orchard have been converted into wood-chip. It’s a dinky little machine and will only accept single stalk branches with a diameter no more than two inches.

A number of our Volunteers have been trained in its use and have agreed to process suitable materials throughout the year ahead. This will reduce the amount of brush material we have to burnin site.

All ten rainwater tanks have been allocated to various plots on site with some being used to collect water from sheds or greenhouses and others just free-standing with an open collector arrangement using polythene sheet to capture the rainwater as the pictures show.

If further funding opportunities arise we would hope to acquire more rainwater tanks to meet demand

Bonfire 2021 Success

I want to offer my thanks to all the plotters and volunteers who found time to come along and help with our recent bonfire. It was great to see so many turn out on the day.

Getting going at 9.30: but don’t look behind you!

At the outset the pile looked very daunting, but with help turning out across the day we were able to finish by 16.00. A fantastic effort from our community.

Thanks go to everyone who came to help with the fire, organise the cake and coffee station and especially to our bakers for the very tasty bites that kept us going all day.

Please note that no more waste material should be left around the site now until bonfire waste is again accepted in November. Please take your own waste home for disposal or better still, organise to compost it on your own plot. Remember, the Council does not allow bonfires on allotment sites from the end of March to the end of September.

Cow Manure Local Source

The photo shows a £35 load.

CFINE Community Growing

We were delighted to meet up with CFINE Community Growing Development Worker, Rebecca Dunn, who visited our allotment site recently.

CFINE has set up a scheme to prepare and distribute food growing packs to North-East residents. Unfortunately the premises Rebecca was using to prepare the packs are no longer available.


She is looking for somewhere to temporarily store the compost material and prepare the food growing packs which will be distributed in early Spring.

Given the various facilities on our site I think Garthdee Field Allotments Association is well placed to be able to help her and we look forward to doing just that in the very near future.

TAMS Success 2020

I was delighted this week to receive news of our TAMS (The Allotment Market Stall) dividend for the season passed. Our funds have benefitted to the tune of £408.23

This really is a magnificent effort and is especially welcome in a year when we have not been able to run our usual fund-raising events such as the Annual BBQ.

I big thank you goes to all of our plotters who gave so generously from their surplus produce, the Volunteer Squad who helped with collection and the TAMS Team for all of their efforts on our behalf. It is great to think of our surplus fruit and veggies going to such a good cause and fresh, locally grown food getting out into the community to everyone’s benefit.

Thanks again everyone.

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