Allotments and Community Gardens
Following positive feedback from the community consultation carried out by the Aden Development Worker in 2012 the Aden Community Allotments Association (ACAA) was formed to help develop allotments and a community garden within the grounds of Aden Country Park. The ACAA then went on to successfully apply for £77,000 of funding from Keep Scotland Beautiful - Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to develop the site.
In June 2013 the ground work commenced with road, parking and paths being developed, coupled with the construction of perimeter fencing, water access, installation of individual sheds, compost bins and water butts, along with the installation of a communal tool store and most recently the communal greenhouse and poly tunnel.
In spring 2014 developments continued when the BBC 2 television programme Beechgrove Garden visited the Aden site and were so impressed that they offered ACAA the unique opportunity of filming some of the allotment holders through their first growing season. The ACAA group jumped at the chance to showcase the Aden allotments development, along with promoting the excellent partnership working, and environmental, educational, physical, social, and wellbeing benefits provided through the community allotments and growing food locally.
Following airing of the television programme that Aden allotments and community garden site was officially open by Jim McColl from Beechgrove Garden on Saturday21st June 2014.
Developments continued in 2014 when Aberdeen Foyer a local charity working with individuals from disadvantaged groups approached the ACAA with a view to taking on a plot with the purpose of developing a site for training to work with Employability Fund, Activity Agreement, Reach and Prince's Trust Programmes to give clients work experience build confidence, self-esteem, motivation and team building skills. The possible training programmes offer practical landscaping/gardening skills, sales, marketing and production, along with growing vegetables to support community projects out with the site.
Indeed, half of the Aberdeen Foyer plot has been turned over to raised beds and wheelchair friendly access for the local community to take advantage of. This plot can now be used by care/shelter, nursing homes, local schools, and schools working with handicapped, or disabled groups like Anna Ritchie and Willowbank who are working in partnership with us to maintain the plot.
For further information please visit the Aden Community Allotment Association Facebook Page or download any of the associated documents below.
Aden Allotments Diagram
To view some images of current developments please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aden-Country-Park/399672043382638 or https://www.facebook.com/AdenCommunityAllotmentAssociationacaa