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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.

Light my Fire!

Thursday 18 March is Bonfire Day. We will start about 10.00. Many hands will make for lighter work. We have a mountain of material to feed to the flames. As always, safety comes first. If you can manage along, please remember your gloves and the importance of having your own safety and that of others as the first priority. We will operate as a series of smaller groups throughout the day to manage numbers and keep everyone safe.

Alpaca Poo Pricing Consternation

Apparently negotiations took on Brexit-like tensions at one point during the delivery of our first consignment of Alpaca Poo.

Nah, only kidding, all went smoothly and everyone seems pleased with their deliveries. Hopefully, we will see more deliveries on the future. Thanks go to Mari-Anne (Plot 49) for getting this in place.

Special Community Sunday

You are cordially invited to this month’s Community Sunday (September 20) from 11.00 to 12.30 at Garthdee Field Allotments. With regret there will be no communal coffee and cake session at the close and we will have to observe strict social distancing, while working in small groups, but there is plenty to do safely around the communal areas of the site e.g.

weeding South Bank and other boundaries
remove large weeds from wildflower meadow (if any)
pothole filling
orchard tidying (e.g. fruit bushes)
strimming of grass
woodchip management
etc.

This is a good opportunity to get things as shipshape as possible just before the visit of the assessors on Thursday for the Green Flag Award
Looking forward to seeing all who can make it.

Happy plotting

Stuart

July Community Sunday

This Sunday, 19 July, is our next Community Sunday. It would be great to have a good turnout – there is lots to do for sure. Sorry, but we still can’t serve coffee and cake under the COVID restrictions, but feel free to bring your own and we can have an appropriately-distanced coffee and blether at the end.

Usual arrangements – meet 11.00, work till 12.30, then a coffee and blether in small, distanced, groups we hope.

Aberdeen in Bloom

Pat has been in touch asking us to help the Council celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom.


Celebrate Aberdeen In Bloom 2020

We have had some fantastic and varied photo submissions to our Celebration so far. You can see a selection of these submission at the Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom facebook page Celebrate-Aberdeen-in-Bloom

The submissions show the beauty, diversity and wildlife, and in some cases quirkiness, of Aberdeen’s gardens/allotments. There is indeed much to celebrate.

The celebration is currently ongoing so there is still an opportunity to submit your photos.

There are six themes for your photos – make or design a scarecrow, garden wildlife, favourite viewpoint, splash of colour, home-grown dish, and proud of my planting.

Any resident of Aberdeen can take part so encourage your friends and family to take part – there is no age restriction for submitting photographs.

The intent is that the photos would be used in an exhibition later in the year, when Government restrictions allow. However, in the meantime, you can see a selection at the Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom facebook page Celebrate-Aberdeen-in-Bloom

The photographs should be sent to CAIB@aberdeencity.gov.uk showing work in the following themes:

Make or Design a Scarecrow
Submit image of your own scarecrow, built from materials only limited by your imagination. Use recycled /upcycled materials and get creative. Alternatively submit an image of your design for one.

Garden Wildlife
Submit your favourite photograph of wildlife in your garden, nearby green space or allotment. Could be butterflies on a buddleia flower, birds feeding on nearby shrubs, or trees or insects foraging a compost pile.

Favourite Viewpoint
Choose your very favourite outdoor space in your garden, green space or allotment and tell us why in no more than 200 words? Accompany with a photograph.

Splash of Colour
Take a snapshot of your favourite flower, leaf or vegetable which injects colour into your life, the brighter the better.

Home Grown Dish
Send in a picture of your meal produced from your own grown vegetables. Meal ideas and broad outline recipes can be included, with a 200-word restriction.

Proud of my Planting
A category to represent anyone young or old to the pleasures of planting seeds or cuttings. A picture of your favourite and a description of 200 words maximum preferred but not essential.

Please remember to tell us which category best fits each photograph you are submitting.

This will be an ongoing celebration and a closing date will be determined at a later date, depending on coronavirus restriction.

We look forward to seeing what you have been up to, and what is important to you, in the garden/allotment and let’s all Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom.

Kind regards

Pat


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