Grow Greener with Garthdee Field Allotments Association

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New Projects Underway

We are delighted to acknowledge the generous support of Scotmid’s Community Orchard Scheme that allowed GFAA to purchase 5 new fruit trees for our site. Thanks also go to our volunteer squad who recently completed the planting.

Last Friday also saw preparations for the installation of our new cabin take a step forward with the start of the container removal exercise. A big thanks to all those who cleared their containers to allow this to proceed and of course Scottish Government’s Just Transition Fund which provided the funding for the cabin.

Fire Brigade Fantastic

Thanks to everyone, plotters, volunteers, friends, nursery staff and kids and ACC staff who managed along to help and encourage and so contributed to a very safe and successful bonfire day.

Small Beginnings
Will it Catch?
Looking Good!
A Roaring Success

All photo credits Phil (P57)

Bonfire Final Reminder

It’s Garthdee Fields’ annual bonfire tomorrow – Tuesday 21 March 2023. If you have any available time to help feed the flames between 10.00 and 14.00 it will be very much appreciated. Very old clothes and gloves are essential.

Annual Bonfire

Our annual bonfire will take place on Tuesday 21 March starting at 9.30 am. Come along and help feed the stuff for burning onto the fire.

Small Beginnings

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.

Feeding the fire takes a massive effort through most of the day. It is certainly an occasion when many hands make for light work. If you can spare an hour at anytime in the morning or early afternoon, please come along and help out. We will be serving hot and cold drinks, savouries and cake throughout the day.

If you’re wearing nylon clothing beware of sparks melting small holes in the material –it’s best to wear very old clothes. As always – stay safe!

Heating Up!

Community Orchard Boost

We are delighted to announce that GFAA’s application to the Scotmid Community Orchard scheme has been successful. We are to receive £200 for the purchase of fruit trees or bushes to extend out existing Community Orchard in the communal garden area on site.

Thanks go to Ron (Plot 65A) who wrote our bid and, of course, to Scotmid for offering their excellent Community Orchard Scheme.

We are tickled pink to be one of the early participants in the programme and have the chance to help add to the thousands of trees that will grow throughout local communities, from the north of England to the Highlands of Scotland – all thanks to Scotmid.

Plotters or volunteers who can offer advice, or help with purchase, planting or maintenance, please get back in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Just Transition Funding Success

ACVO have announced the winning bids in the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Programme funding. It is a great pleasure to announce that GFAA’s Fresh Food for Frugal Families project has been awarded full funding.

The funding will facilitate our volunteers working with Kaimhill Primary School pupils to grow and cook their own vegetables and share surplus produce with local residents and the wider Aberdeen Community.

The funding will allow us to further enhance the experiences we offer to our volunteer squad and visiting community organisations including Kaimhill Primary School, while strengthening our reputation for reaching out to share the benefits of plot working with our local residents and community.

This was the first time that Garthdee Field had competed for funding within Scottish Government’s Participatory Budgeting system where, after an initial technical scrutiny, bids enter a second phase of competition where members of the public vote for their favoured projects. Twenty-two projects went forward into the public vote, 4541 valid votes were cast and GFAA secured ninth place, and so was awarded full funding. Further voting details are available here.

We would like to say a huge thanks to the nearly 2000 voters who supported our bid and a very special mention goes to our plotters and volunteers, Aberdeen City Council, Kaimhill Primary School and Inchgarth Community Centre for their very welcome support and encouragement.

Details of the 13 successful bids are available here on ACVO’s Website.

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