Yet again Keep Scotland Beautiful awarded Slopefield with an 'Outstanding' in the 2015 It's Your Neighbourhood national award scheme, as well as a 'Certificate of Distinction' for our year on year growth and development.
We were awarded a £250 grant from the KSB/Tesco Plastic Bag scheme available to groups who had taken part in the IYN campaign which was used to buy a generator for the Hutton Hut.
The lane leading from the front gate into the main site was resurfaced using road planings and granite dust by a dedicated team who have produced a great surface.
Our collective contributions to TAMS raised £235 which will go towards our camera trapping equipment for biodiversity recording and a new gas heater for the Hutton Hut.
400 Crocuses and 250 Daffodils were received from ACC for community areas and planted out.
Slopefield were invited to present at the annual Scottish Allotment and Gardens Society conference in Dunblane which was attended by Dr Aileen McCloud the Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Land Reform and Wendy Gibson kindly gave the presentation on our behalf.
A grant of £500 was secured from Aberdeen City Council and this combined with £600 from a successful quiz night allowed us to buy a community polytunnel which to be situated on the Airyhall school plot.
105 native fruit trees were planted to form a wildlife friendly hedge donated by the Woodland Trust.
A bottle greenhouse was built on the community plot which will be used by the Airyhall school children.
We enroled in the "Bees n Beans" project of the University of Sussex which aimed to highlight the important role our native fauna has on propagation of crops. This will be monitored throughout the growing season and the results are part of a national assessment programme.