Garthdee Allotments

Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

Green Flag Assessment

Plotters, volunteers, friends and visitors to Garthdee Allotments will have noticed the green flag that flies by our main entrance, but not all may know quite why it is there.

The Green Flag Award Scheme is run nationally and aims to promote, support and celebrate well-run, green spaces that are open to the public. More information is available on their website.

Garthdee Field was first awarded Green Flag status in 2020, but sites have to be reassessed annually. Assessment focuses on the management and maintenance of the site and is based on a comprehensive set of criteria and involves an annual assessment visit by two external judges.

Yesterday we welcomed the assessment team onsite.

Aberdeen’s Green Flag entries are coordinated by Aberdeen City Council and we were pleased to have Laura Russell (on the right in red) from ACC turn out to bat for us on the day.

Thanks go to Laura and to Irene, our volunteer, who did her usual great job providing teas, coffees and eats.

It will be a wee while before we get the official assessment report, but the visit seemed to go very well, and allowed a good exchange of ideas and some very welcome advice, so we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Watch this space.

IYN Report 2022

Following a recent visit from Jim and Wendy Henderson, GFAA has received our It’s Your Neighbourhood assessment report for 2022. We are pleased to report we have retained our Outstanding rating. These are extracts from the final report.

New Arrival

We took delivery of our Wheelchair-friendly Picnic Table this Tuesday.

We weren’t expecting it to come flat-packed and the team’s first attempt to assemble it lead to consternation amongst the volunteers and cries of, “Should have gone to IKEA.”

Not quite what we expected

However, the team soon rose to the occasion and had it all sorted out.

All’s well that ends well

The table and bench set is entirely made from recycled plastics and is designed to facilitate use by two wheelchair users and and group of six. It will certainly be a great community asset for many years to come.

Duthie Park Celebration

Representatives of Aberdeen City’s six Green Flag sites today attended an event to celebrate The Duthie Park being awarded with their tenth annual Green Flag Award. Yes, they have achieved Ten in a Row.

Garthdee Field’s third annual inspection visit is scheduled for Tuesday August 16 at 9.30 in the morning. Please put this date in your diaries if you will be able to come along. The Judges very much look forward to chatting with plotters, friends and volunteers during their visits. They will want to know and see:

  • How welcoming our site is
  • How well maintained it is
  • How we encourage biodiversity and green gardening
  • How sustainable our approaches and practices are.

Of course, we hope to have our site in the best possible shape for the visit to ensure we retain our Green Flag status and recognition as a well run public green space. All help to tidy up on and around plots will be much appreciated. If you would like to help on the communal areas please see a member of the Committee for suggestions.

Community Sunday Thanks

It was a great pleasure to see so many old and new faces at our first Community Sunday in a while. Thanks to everyone who managed to come along.

Aberdeen Family Wellbeing Service

Friday 22nd July was a special day at Garthdee Field when we hosted a visit from Katie Reekie of the Aberdeen Family Wellbeing Service and two families from her group along with support from Lucy at Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE).

Katie has started a new role as a Project Worker with Children 1st which is the working name of the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSPCC). and is developing a community gardening project based in Balgownie.

The project will support children and families to grow their own fruit and vegetables as well as providing opportunities to engage in creative activities to make the garden a welcoming space for everyone.

Accompanied by Anne and Jordi from our Volunteer Group, the families explored our site tasting some summer fruits, visiting the wildlife pond and the polytunnel. At the end of the site tour soft drinks and snacks were supplied by Katie and the young children had a good run-about on the grass playing “Tig” with any willing adults! (There was no escape!)

With paper and coloured pens the children drew pictures of their visit while Katie held a short focus group noting the thoughts and views of the parents.

It really was a good fun session.

Stuart

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