Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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Sandy Inkster

Thanks go to Val (Plot 23) for suggesting this post and providing the text and photos.

On a beautiful day in late June, the family of the late Sandy Inkster gathered at Garthdee Community Allotment site to see the bench that has been placed there to commemorate his very long-standing association with the site. Sandy is very missed by those at Garthdee allotments who benefitted from his vast knowledge about plants and his insights and experience gained from a lifetime of growing in Scotland and abroad which he was happy to share with us all. We all knew where to go if we had a problem or a puzzle about what we were growing. Sandy always had the answer and was always encouraging about our efforts.

Photo Credit: Heather McLennan Plot 36A

Sandy’s family: Jo his wife, his three daughters and sons in law, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, wish to thank the many people who contributed to this tribute to a much loved and respected gardener.

Dobies new 2022 Catalogue

Plotters, volunteers and friends can find copies of the new Dobies Catalogue along with an introductory letter and our special GFAA discount code in the Octagon.

The rules are still the same – use the discount code when you order by phone, post or online and you will get a 40% discount on seeds and 10% on everything else. In addition, GFAA receive a 10% bonus for our funds on all orders placed with our code. A Win-Win for sure!


GFAA were delighted to receive this email from Steven Shaw of Aberdeen City Council.

We had some great news yesterday from the Beautiful Scotland Awards. We’re winners!

I’m chuffed to bits for everyone involved in our campaign. Thank you for all your help and support. Your film showcasing your group worked a treat and our success is very much yours to enjoy too. You can be very proud of helping the city achieve these awards.

Gold Medal for the city but more significantly we also won the Wright Award for Sustainability. This is for our work on wetlands, woodlands and wildlife. This is great news and does show we are on the right track with our more natural approach to the management of some of our green spaces.

Thank you again for all the help you give to our campaign. It means so much to the team and I to have your continued support. We’ve obviously had s a demanding and challenging 18 months so this is lovely recognition for everyone’s hard work.

I’m looking forward to working with you further and enjoying more success in 2022.

Thank you


Super Success

It turns out that even Superman needs to concentrate while Precision Keep Chucking!

The GFAA Committee want to say a big thank you to all plotters, volunteers and friends of GFAA who helped make our first Open Day within the Aberdeen Garden Festival such a success. Thanks for giving that most precious of resources – your time and efforts.

It’s not to late to order! See the Sales Page of the Website.

A special mention goes to Peter (Plot 29) for designing and staffing the inspiring NEEP Chucking activity, Irene for taking the free tearoom to a whole new level and to Ron for the success of the Planter Sales Stall. We bagged quite a nice wee bonus for our GFAA funds and item buyers were delighted with their purchases.

Hopefully, next year’s Festival Open Day will be even bigger and better.

Missing Pendant

Jim (Plot 65B) has been in touch with this distressing message:

My wife Lorraine and myself were at our allotment 65B on Sunday the 25th of July and she realised later that her her pendant was missing – it’s a gold shaped L with sentimental value. It is really small and we looked in our allotment and the top car park but could not see it.

If any one happens to find it and hands it in can you please let us know.

Please be on the lookout around the site.


On the move … again!

The Volunteer Squad were called to action today to help Raymond move to his new plot. Raymond started with the Safety Briefing and Risk Assessment: Basically: don’t drop the blooming shed!

Now boys – I want you to take care
Off to a slightly shaky start: She’s listing a bit to port
Full steam ahead: Getting into our stride
Safely in her new berth: Mission accomplished

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