Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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Sorry to see you go

Kirstin Bradley our architect is leaving.

Kirstin and Dougal Plot 58 are giving up their allotment this year. Many plotters may be unaware of the contribution Kirstin made to the success of our Community Garden project which was initiated in Nov 2012. The project was quite a significant undertaking for Garthdee Field Allotments Association involving Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University, grant funders and various contractors.

To get the project started we had to be able to show our partners and interested parties what we were planning to do. Kirstin, an architect by profession, very kindly offered her services free of charge to the Association, preparing plans, attending meetings and eventually obtaining planning consent for our project. I think it greatly helped our application to both the planners and grant providers when we were able to submit such professional documents.

As the Community Garden took shape we introduced the concept of the Octagon as a shelter and outdoor classroom and here again Kirstin used her professional skills to convert the concept into working drawings that a builder could follow and the result is there for all to see.

On behalf of all our allotment holders we say goodbye with our best wishes and grateful thanks to Kirstin for her generosity and support.


All TAMS supporters are invited to their annual celebration of success and BBQ. See details in the poster.

Interesting Project

Rebecca Dunn has been in touch about this upcoming event,

Hello community growing network,

I wanted to share details of my upcoming project, which may be of interest. Please excuse the following shameless plug!

Please see the details below. Please share this information with relevant networks if you can and of course it would be wonderful if you can attend.

Invite to attend the “Nice Day, Isn’t It?” installation at Aberdeen Wonderland Festival

Time & Location
8th- 11th September 11am – 8pm
Aberdeen, 85 Union St, Aberdeen AB11, UK
Free entry
Details –
In Aberdeen, one thing we can be sure of is that we never quite know what the weather’s going to do; ‘Nice day, isn’t it?’ celebrates the language of weather. Rebecca Dunn has composed new music based on facilitated discussions at community garden locations about things you can see, hear or feel – like wind or sunshine – talking about these less tangible things allows us to express our ideas about what the past 2 years have been like and what our hopes are for the future.

Working with Gray’s Mobile Art School, an ‘Urban Grow Dome’ has been built and the new compositions form a recorded audio installation that audience members can enjoy in a small seated area surrounded by plants growing vertically all around them.
Kind regards,


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.

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.


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