The area described as Garthdee Field was originally part of a green area including Garthdee Farm. In 1953 Aberdeen Council bought 7.75 acres to create an allotment site for the benefit of the Garthdee and city residents.
Garthdee Field has operated as an allotment site since then. Several plotters have worked their allotments since the 1990’s and two recently deceased plotters took up their allotments in the 1970s.
Garthdee Field is home to 120 Allotment Holders and a team of 10 registered volunteers. Allotments are Full (62), Half (36) or Micro-sized (10). Three allotments are currently assigned to community groups – Kaimhill School, New Horizons Nursery and the Robert Gordon Students’ Association.
Ten years ago, at the Council’s request, Garthdee Field Allotments Association (GFAA) was formed to take responsibility for site maintenance. Today, the GFAA Committee, plotters and volunteers manage and maintain the site day to day in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.
Working in support of, and within, Council policies and procedures, GFAA introduced, five years ago, an Active Community Engagement (ACE) programme to spread the benefits of allotment working into the wider community. Key actions have involved working with nurseries, schools and universities; partnering with charities and voluntary groups and seeking funding for developments.
Today GFAA enjoys an excellent record of securing funding for community initiatives, and works with a wide spectrum of educational, social and gardening organisations, to deliver for the local community, the benefits of an attractive, safe and well-managed public greenspace West of the City Centre.