Garthdee Field Allotments Association

Aberdeen

Your story

We are an allotment gardening group.

Group introduction

We are an allotment gardening group constituted in 2010. We are committed to a rolling programme of Active Community Engagement (ACE) to spread the benefits of holding an allotment into the wider community.

Since 2010 we have developed a number of strong partnerships and networks to provide a Community Garden for the benefit of the Garthdee and Aberdeen communities on a large part of our site.

Our current partners include:

The Robert Gordon University(RGU) School of Health Sciences
Kaimhill Primary School
Garthdee Community Liaison Group
RGU Students Union
Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO)
The Macmillan Cancer Charity
HMP Grampian
The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS)
Aberdeen City Council (ACC)
Members of the Garthdee Field Allotments Association (GFAA) community.

The Community Garden has been a work in-progress since 2012. Part of the site has already been developed with the provision of parking for visitors with disabilities, the installation of a compostable toilet and the building of a first phase of raised beds together with a facilitated-access garden area and a defined Primary School Plot. The existing site and facilities have been welcomed and are used regularly and extensively by our partners and groups in the community.

Our Proposed New Development Phase and Funding Bid

In partnership with RGU’s School of Health Sciences, GFAA now wants to open the Community Garden to
Aberdeen Multiple Sclerosis Society, local care homes, Alzheimer's Scotland, Active Aging Aberdeen, PAMIS (supporting people with profound learning disabilities) and Brain Injury Scotland.

GFAA has a management committee and constitution. Our allotment holders provide support for our activities as do a number of volunteers. In future students from the university will also provide support to groups as part of their education.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

We would spend the money to facilitate wider access to our facilities by providing additional metal staging for our poly-tunnel and paving slabs to improve the walkways in the garden. These items are permanent features and will benefit all users of the garden. We estimate that the funding will benefit approximately 90 primary school children each year, 60 students/staff from the university and between 200 and 300 people from the groups mentioned above.

"Garthdee Field Allotments Association welcomes the potential support from Skipton Building Society for our Community Garden which will benefit many people in our community."

For more information visit:

garthdeeallotments .org