Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

Sandy Inkster

With great sadness we note the passing of Sandy Inkster, Garthdee Field’s oldest and most knowledgeable horticulturalist. Sandy was an exceptionally skilled plotter and a top prizewinner in local garden competitions for both his allotment and home garden.

Many of our plotters will be grateful to Sandy for that special red rhubarb from the Queen’s estate at Balmoral, the crowns of which he generously distributed. Of course he was always generous and many’s the time if you went to his plot to ask a question you would come away with some vegetable or other.

He was the go-to person to get answers to all our gardening queries as his knowledge was encyclopaedic and his growing techniques tried and tested. Not surprisingly, the Beechgrove Garden team chose to feature Sandy in a number of their broadcasts in recent years. They could spot a star when they saw one.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of GFAA and helped on many occasions with community activities.

Many plotters have enquired with real concern about his health over recent weeks and months and this surely demonstrates the high regard so many plotters had for him. He will be deeply and sorely missed.

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  1. Susan Wilkie

    I knew Sandy had been unwell for a while now and sadly I feel that’s the end of era!! He was so knowledgeable in every aspect of gardening and was always willing to help or give advice!! A true legend and I will miss seeing him so very much!! RIP Sandy!!

  2. Philip Wilkie

    So sad to here this news like Susan I will miss him so very much. Always loved to see his car stop at our plot I used to say here’s the food wagon because I knew tea was about to be delivered!!!!

  3. Norman

    Aye, this is the saddest of news. It will be a while before I will walk around that corner of our site without a feeling of loss. We were very lucky to have Sandy for as long as we did, but I doubt we will ever see him replaced: he was one of a kind I fear. We will have to settle for holding our memories of him close and sharing them together to keep them fresh. Funnily enough, Sandy’s last gift to me was a tray of forget-me-nots!

    • Susan Wilkie

      What a lovely comment Norman yet how ironic!! We have several things that Sandy gave us and I will treasure them forever. Yeah, reckon they broke the mould when it came to Sandy, Happy memories.


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