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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


Standing Firm

The Tuesday Volunteer Squad broke off from their gardening duties today to give a wee demonstration of what One Metre Plus Social Distancing looks like when done properly – in the Scottish style. An instructional video has been sent to Boris and Dom.

The Tuesday Squad

The Team: At left Back, Mike the Marvel; Centre Back, Dynamic Doug, Right Back and Captain, Anne: Left Winger, Aye Aye Irene, Right Winger, Heavy Metal Jordi: Centre Forward, Gorgeous Gordon.

Please say hello to our new recruits, Irene and Doug. We hope they will be regulars from now on.

The team were on top form again today taking on weeding the beds around the Orchard Fruit Trees and the South Bank and strimming around the compost bins. Big thanks go to everyone concerned for another magnificent effort.

Community Sunday June 2020

Stuart

UPDATE: Sorry, today’s COMMUNITY SUNDAY CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

You are cordially invited to this month’s Community Sunday (June 21) 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.

remove bonfire ash and tidy area (nails etc)
weeding South Bank and other boundaries
remove large weeds from wildflower meadow (if any)
pothole filling
orchard tidying (e.g. fruit bushes)
dead heading daffodils
removal of dumped turf
strimming of grass
woodchip management
etc.
Looking forward to seeing all who can make it,

Happy plotting, Stuart

Aberdeen in Bloom 2020

The City Council as announced that the Aberdeen in Bloom Annual Garden Competition cannot go ahead this year. A great pity, but no surprise.

Instead, the Council is holding a photo competition and exhibition to celebrate our gardens, green spaces and allotments. Lorna for the Council has been in touch with the details. Here they are.


Celebrate Aberdeen In Bloom 2020
It is time to Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom and we are looking for photos from you to help show the beauty, diversity and wildlife in Aberdeen’s gardens.
Instead of the annual garden competition, which is cancelled due to coronavirus, we ask that you send in photographs showing your work in six themes – 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. In the meantime you will be able to see a selection of submissions 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 or nearby green space. 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 or green space 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 and let’s all Celebrate Aberdeen in Bloom.

So, over to you – let’s make sure Garthdee Field Allotments support the Council’s efforts and adds a proper splash of colour!

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