Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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A Musical Treat

If the sad events of the week prevented you attending Rebecca Dunn’s Art Installation and the Wonderland Festival, you can enjoy her music on the BandCamp music streaming platform

Inside the Urban Grow Dome

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,

Rebecca

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.

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.

Say hello to Ruth

Ruth is a First Year student of General Agriculture with SRUC out at Craibstone. Today was her first visit to Garthdee Field, but she will be a frequent visitor in future we hope, coming to help Gill (Plot 64) on her allotment.

I am sure we all want to welcome Ruth to GFAA and hope that she enjoys her time with us.

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.


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