The Shed (chapter 2)

garden aprilHi! I should explain. Shedding light was just a nod to my new headgear. I’m now kitted out with motion detecting, solar powered headlamps. I’m slightly less alarmed now. To fully appreciate the dazzling display please attend the next midnight barbecue.

My little pal Ed, a mere shedling, would like to point out to all rodents that the indoor activities contained within him are closed. The play area, pool and fine dining experience are off limits whilst a fatal accident inquiry takes place. It’s thought (though pure speculation at the moment) that a bunch of voles, presumably playing lemmings, used the watering can spout as a flume to the splash pool. They came to a soggy end.

I was just about to mention… oh wood pigeons have dropped more messages on my new top hat…



Shedding Light

garden april

I’m a blue metal box with a wooden overcoat. A dumping ground for old tools, plastic bags, half used pots of paint and a liberal sprinkle of mouse droppings. Shut for days on end, only open should a bike or mower be required. I now house what all Scottish gardens need – a barbecue. The must-have accessory which is retired two weeks after purchase.

I used to live a full life. My own electricity supply, working windows, a well used office space appreciated by many. Seven years ago I was dropped into an out of the way spot, cable ripped out, windows sealed, lock criminally vandalised and my key box tampered with.

I’ve seen a few things – but that’s for another day.

Our Garden Hero

This year the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has been running a campaign called  ‘Local Heroes’ as part of their Growing Together (GT) project. The aim is to get more people actively supporting city farms, community gardens and other community growing projects by celebrating the work of unsung heroes volunteering or working in these projects.
The volunteers in the garden have voted and our Local Hero is Brian Matthews!  Brian is the longest running volunteer at Ninewells Community Garden, having been involved for around 5 years.  He is a popular presence in the garden, with time for everyone. No matter what the weather, Brian volunteers 3-4 times a week – feeding the birds, developing new areas of the garden and doing a lot of the dull, but important parts of gardening that make such a difference, but often go unnoticed. His humour, creativity and kindness are appreciated by all and he is a great inspiration and support to many of our group – it’s fair to say that the garden just would not be the same without him.
Thanks for all your hard work Brian – and here’s to the next 5 years!

Digging Through the Past

A charity metal detecting dig was organised recently on Sunday 17 September 2017, to help raise money through donations for the Ninewells Community Garden by volunteer David Drummond, with permission kindly given by farmer Michael Arbuckle to use a couple of large stubble fields for a day’s metal detecting to take place on.

This was achieved just outside Dundee at the Star Inn fruit farm.

Fifty metal detectorists came along on the day and right from the off finds came to light through the searching of the fields – the fields were situated near the site of an ancient Roman Camp at Invergowrie and there had been an abundance of later histories in the area that included the tales of Highwaymen who would hold up stagecoaches from woods that once stood near the fields.

Finds on the day included a Gold Sovereign dated 1861, loads of other coins and tokens dating back to the 1700’s, lead flax seals from the time when Jute was King in Dundee, and buttons and military badges, among notable finds was an old Dundee Police Button and a Dundee Farthing Token from 1798.

A large bronze bell that might date back to medieval times called a Crotal Bell and giant lead weights one of which might be Roman.

The whole day was a terrific success and everyone attending thoroughly enjoyed themselves, there was teas and coffees and biscuits provided by the Ninewells Community Garden that went down a treat with the detectorists and being manned by Trustee Rodney Mountain but in between time he also managed to have ago metal detecting himself with his daughter for the very first time and were rewarded in finding their first old penny.

Donations given by the metal detectorists attending amounted to £406.82 for Ninewells Community Garden and its safe to say the folks at the garden are quite delighted with this.

And there will be another Dig scheduled to happen again next year.


Fun for all the family!

open day 17

It’s our annual open day next Sunday! We’ll have lots of activities for all the family, including drawing competition, metal detecting, herbal activities and yoga as well as our usual plant and produce sale and home baking.

Parking will be at the Mackenzie building (just up from Maggie’s on Tom MacDonald Ave), disabled parking at Maggie’s.

A clinic with a difference

diabetes gardenDiabetes Out There (DOT) is a specialist service for children and young people with type 1 diabetes.  They are trialling an innovative new monthly garden clinic, and last month saw the inaugural workshop. The children engaged in activities focused around the effects of exercise on blood glucose, and planted up a fabulous spiral garden of sunflowers, strawberries and vegetables – yum!

The DOT.dig project has been developed in response to poor attendance at the quarterly clinics for children and young people with type 1 diabetes.

From Nicholas Conway, consultant paediatrician “Levels of blood glucose control in Tayside are poor and these young people are placed at significantly increased risk of the complications above. With this in mind, DOT Tayside have undertaken a number of initiatives in an attempt to increase patient engagement; improve knowledge and understanding; and, ultimately, to improve glucose control.

The DOT team have run a variety of workshops and events aimed at young people and their parents over recent years, where clinics have been delivered in alternative settings, including a local community centre.  The DOT.dig concept was therefore informed by these experiences, whereby a small group of children were invited to attend a workshop held within the community garden, as an alternative to attending a traditional face-to-face clinic appointment.

All of those who attended on the day (including staff) enjoyed the event.  All of the attendees were keen to attend future events and so will be reappointed to attend a DOT.dig workshop in 3 months.  In the interim, additional dates and groups of children will be identified, with the aim to establish a monthly DOT.dig workshop in the near future.”