Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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Community Sunday Returns

It was a great pleasure to see so many plotters, volunteers and friends turn out for our first Community Sunday in such a long time. Thanks go to all who found the time to come along and help out on the day. We counted well north of twenty helpers.

Of course, it was not all coffee and cake and much work was completed around the site before the serious business of catching up with old and new friends began. I don’t think our site has ever looked better.

Thanks too go to Ron for his efforts selling our new range of planters, built by our volunteers. Sales and orders on the day netted over £50 for Association funds. A great effort all round. Further details of the planters available can be found in our new Online Catalogue. We are still accepting orders and some items are still in stock.

All in all we had a wonderful day and warm thanks go to everyone who helped get the new season of Community Sundays off to such a great start.

South Bank Splendour

We got a wee reminder this week of just how splendid the South Bank looks at its best whatever the season.

West end – Foxgloves, Waldsteinia Ternata, Primula and Vinca Major

From its early beginnings remembering especially the work put in by Michael (Plot 88) to get it established, it was super to see our current Volunteers working so hard to get it into shape for the summer ahead.

Steve (Plot 72)
Volunteers Karolina and Veronica

Apologies to all those who helped and who’s photos I missed.

Bonfire 2021 Success

I want to offer my thanks to all the plotters and volunteers who found time to come along and help with our recent bonfire. It was great to see so many turn out on the day.

Getting going at 9.30: but don’t look behind you!

At the outset the pile looked very daunting, but with help turning out across the day we were able to finish by 16.00. A fantastic effort from our community.

Thanks go to everyone who came to help with the fire, organise the cake and coffee station and especially to our bakers for the very tasty bites that kept us going all day.

Please note that no more waste material should be left around the site now until bonfire waste is again accepted in November. Please take your own waste home for disposal or better still, organise to compost it on your own plot. Remember, the Council does not allow bonfires on allotment sites from the end of March to the end of September.

CFINE Community Growing

We were delighted to meet up with CFINE Community Growing Development Worker, Rebecca Dunn, who visited our allotment site recently.

CFINE has set up a scheme to prepare and distribute food growing packs to North-East residents. Unfortunately the premises Rebecca was using to prepare the packs are no longer available.


She is looking for somewhere to temporarily store the compost material and prepare the food growing packs which will be distributed in early Spring.

Given the various facilities on our site I think Garthdee Field Allotments Association is well placed to be able to help her and we look forward to doing just that in the very near future.

Community Climate Asset Fund Award for GFAA

The Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF) is a funded programme from Scottish Government run by Keep Scotland Beautiful. CCAF aims to:

  • Build on the invaluable role that community based organisations are playing in Scotland’s response to COVID-19
  • Support community groups to play a prominent role in the Green Recovery
  • Provide capital funding to community based organisations to help them tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society
  • Complement funding provided through the Climate Challenge Fund and other community and place based initiatives
  • Help communities to reduce usage of petrol and diesel cars, cut waste, grow local food and reduce emissions from community buildings.

Following an application made in November, GFAA is pleased to announce the award of just over £3000 for the purchase of capital assets for our allotment. Our bid centred on making our operations greener by:

  • the retention of rainwater to reduce the amount of tap water used
  • increased use of a wider range of compostable materials produced on plots
  • reducing the amount of plot waste burned on site
  • increasing the contribution our community makes to producing more locally grown food.

The award has enabled us to purchase a small wood chipping machine which we will use to chip prunings from around the site and so reduce the amount of material being burnt and hence the amount of carbon produced.

We have also purchased 1000 litre rainwater storage tanks which we will use to reduce the consumption on site of town water supplies.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of these activities please get in touch with myself or any member of the Committee.

Increasing composting and reducing the amount of green materials burned were recommendations made in our recent Green Flag Award evaluation, and it is very pleasing to be able to make a start on this agenda thanks to the CCAF funding.

Awards Time

In the year of our first Green Flag Award, we are also pleased to have these.

Thanks to all those plotters, volunteers and friends whose contributions and efforts make these successes possible. We literally could not do it without you.

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