Aden Allotments feature on Beechgrove Garden
The new community allotments in Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, are to be featured on the Beechgrove Garden television programme, on Thursday 17th April at 7.30pm, on BBC 2 Scotland. It is to be the first of three visits from Jim McColl and the Beechgrove Garden team who will follow the life of the new allotment holders throughout their first growing season.
The series of programmes will primarily focus on three allotments that vary in size and scale, along with the growing experience of each of the allotment holders. Another important feature of the Park to be included in the programme is the onsite plant nursery run by Aberdeenshire Council which grows over 300,000 bedding plants for use within communities, towns, and villages throughout Aberdeenshire. As part of the successful Local Authority/Local Community partnership, bedding plants are supplied to community groups/associations free of charge, in return for the groups taking on the responsibility for planting, watering and ongoing maintenance. This has provided a fantastic splash of colour to our villages and towns each year.
The development of the new allotments within Aden Park is a result of ongoing partnership working between Aberdeenshire Council (AC) and Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) who in April 2012 carried out a community consultation exercise part of which was to establish the desire and demand in the Mintlaw community for the development of allotments and a community garden in the grounds of Aden Country Park.
Following an overwhelmingly positive response to the consultation, a group of passionate, friendly, local people were supported by AC & BDP to form the Aden Community Allotment Association (ACAA) who went on to successfully apply for £77,000 from the Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to develop the allotments and community gardens in the grounds of Aden Country Park.
In June 2013 the work commenced with the construction of perimeter fencing and roads, paths. Over the past year the funding has enabled the ACAA group to create 43 different sized allotments, covering all the ground works, tool store, access to water, individual sheds, along with compost bins and water butts.
With the allotments aspect nearing completion the ACAA group and partners decided that it was an ideal time to get in touch with the Beechgrove Garden through their community garden scheme to see if they would be interested in both the allotments and the soon to be developed community garden area. On visiting Aden the Beechgrove Garden team were very impressed at the great work being done and in February of this year offered the unique opportunity of filming some of the allotment holders through their first growing season and the early and various stages of bedding plant production in the nursery.
The ACAA group and partners jumped at the chance to showcase what was happening with the Aden allotments and nursery, welcoming the opportunity to both promote the excellent local partnership work being carried out, and the obvious environmental, educational, physical, social, and wellbeing benefits provided through being involved in community allotments and growing food locally.
For more information on the allotments and community garden please visit the Allotments and Community Garden page or alternatively both the Aden Country Park Facebook page and the Aden Community Allotments Association (ACAA) Facebook page.