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.

TAMS BBQ

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,

Rebecca

Bonfire Reminder

Our annual bonfire will take place on Saturday 26 March starting at 9am. Come along and help feed the stuff for burning onto the fire.

Make sure you take this opportunity to get rid if any scrap or rotting timber, branches, prunings etc and help keep our allotment tidy and free from rubbish.

If you’re wearing nylon clothing beware of sparks melting small holes in the material – best to wear old clothes.

Girls just want to have fun

We might even manage to have coffee tea and cookies available for the helpers.

Thanks, and hope to see you at the bonfire.

Stuart

Very Sad News of Grant Allan

It’s with great sadness that I have to bring you news of the death of Grant Allan, one of our earliest and most popular volunteers.  Grant died at the weekend after a period in hospital following a serious fall on a night-out in September.  He was 34 years old.

Grant joined the GFAA Volunteer Squad in early August 2016.  He had just lost his job due to his work’s closure and, typically, he contacted us because he was determined not to be idle while he looked for work.  He quickly established himself as a regular and popular member of the team: he was quick to smile and full of fun.

Grant (on the right)

Grant was profoundly deaf and had been since childhood.  He was an excellent lip-reader, however, and had no difficulty in communicating. He loved the outdoors and never shirked hard work.  He confessed he was no gardener, but he was very keen to learn, especially as he wanted to be able to look after the garden at home for his Mum.

Left to right: Norman, Grant, Gill and Gordon.

He volunteered with us through 2016 when his health allowed.  He suffered a number of accidents, setbacks and injuries over that time, but they never stopped him wanting to help out and give back to others.  He also volunteered with CFINE and other charities over this time and was a keen runner and cyclist.

Grant last helped out on site in the Autumn of 2017, just before going into hospital for a cochlear implant. This was a success, allowing him to hear for the first time. He got in touch in May, saying he hoped to be back with us soon as new commitments and activities following his operation allowed.

Grant was a gentle soul, kind-hearted and generous to his core. I am sure that all who met him on site will join me in saying he will be very sadly missed.  Rest in Peace, Grant.

Evening Express Tribute

 

General Meeting Reminder

Please note the room change!!!!!!

Coffee and cake on offer and maybe even a glass of something fizzy!

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