A Community Growing Initiative

OSF Garden Schools Newsletters

Today we launch our monthly newsletters to support the OSF Garden Schools programme. These contain useful links for educators to a range of materials and resources that will support increased outdoor learning at your school, and develop your skills.

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2020 Shoebox Garden Results
First of all can we thank everyone who entered this year’s competition from all over Scotland. The entries were fantastic, incredibly creative, colourful and well thought out. The judges had a very difficult decision and after much deliberation we finally reached an agreement.
The winner is Alexandros with his dinosaur themed garden. He grew parsley, chard, cress and a chilli plant all from seed.
We had three runners up. Sandy gave us a lockdown garden, Layla-Mae a fairy garden and Briaa & Maya an edible garden.
Well Done! to you all, but also to everyone else for taking part and creating some wonderful gardens for us to see. 


Today we launch our new children’s competition and we want everyone to take part!
We would like your children, school pupils etc to individually create a garden in a shoebox. You can be as creative as you like, you can build it around a theme – rock garden, bee friendly, herb garden, sensory and so on. It’s all about getting growing!

The winner will receive a gardening voucher of £20.


  • open to children aged 16 or under on Sunday June 28, 2020
  • each garden must contain at least one edible plant
  • a photo of the shoebox garden should be posted onto our One Seed Forward Facebook page or emailed to
  • you agree that we can post photos of the garden onto our website and social media pages
  • entries close at midnight on Sunday June 28, 2020 with the winner announced on July 1

And if you are having trouble in finding seeds to get started then get in touch by sending us an email to, we may be able to help.

Here is a photo of last year’s winner Annabelle’s garden. Good luck!

It was a beautiful sunny day in Aberdeen today so ideal time to pot on some of our seedlings. We made compostable pots out of paper – we have a paper potter but you can do the same by wrapping a length of paper around a small bottle or jar then folding one end of it to make a base. Great thing is we can put these directly into our plot once they are a bit bigger, so we don’t disturb the roots. You can use the inside of a loo roll as well to make a compostable pot for your seeds and seedlings.

We were looking for some activities that could be done at home with the kids to keep them engaged with growing and found this on the Rural Sprout website. Here are a couple of links that we think have easy ideas for all the family to try.


Unfortunately Seedy Sunday at Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, on March 15 has been cancelled. The status of other events we are due to attend are under review and we will take advice from the organisers as to whether these go ahead or not.

Thanks for your understanding and take care!

Details of another two varieties of seed potatoes that we have on order this season. Both first earlies, Maris Bard and Casablanca are proven favourites for us with good yields and flavour.

Maris Bard has cream skin and white flesh that is great for boiling, chipping and salads.
Casablanca has white skin and flesh, and can be boiled, mashed, roasted and chipped. A real all rounder!

Check out the events page to see where you can pick up our FREE seed potatoes. We are giving these away from March onwards for individuals, families, schools and community groups – so get involved and get growing!

February newsletter

The Growing Season gets going!

It’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to Springtime and deciding what to grow. We have been looking at the seed catalogues and been placing orders so we are ready to give away lots of stock at our upcoming events. See the list below of all the places we will be in the next few weeks. We have also moved our community allotment to another site and this month we will putting up a polytunnel with our fellow allotmenteers. We will be posting photos of our new plot onto our Facebook page and website soon.

Forthcoming events

Thursday March 12th 19.30 – 20.30 Friends of Cruickshank Gardens, Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, Aberdeen
Bob will be talking about Community Growing in Aberdeen City and Shire, discussing some of the initiatives in the region and the benefits of food growing to your health and wellbeing. We will be creating a community on the evening by giving away a bag of free seed potatoes to every attendee.

Sunday March 15th, 11.00 – 15.30 Seedy Sunday, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw
Saturday March 29th 11.00 – 15.00 Green Family Fun Day, Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen
Saturday April 4th 9.00 – 12.30 Huntly Farmers’ Market, The Square, Huntly
These are our main giveaway events for this season. Come and choose from around 13 varieties of seed potatoes that you can take away for free. We will also be around to answer any questions you have about the food growing process.

Saturday March 21st 11.00 – 12.30 Bonnymuir Green, Bonnymuir Place, Aberdeen
“Composting Is Fun” Join us at this interactive event to learn how garden waste turns into valuable compost. We start indoors where all the family take part in a game to see what can be composted and why. Then it’s everyone outdoors where our master composters show you how to get the best out of your composting pile. This is a free event as part of Climate Week North East. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Garden Schools

Our OSF Garden Schools project, in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, provides materials and support to schools who would like to take part. If you are a teacher, or know of someone who may be interested, please send us an email to for more information.

We are holding CPD events for educators during the in-service days on February 18 & 19, where we will suggest classroom activities around gardening as well as holding an outdoor learning module.

For more details and to book a place, follow this link

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Happy growing
All @ OSF

As our seed potato stock is on order, it’s time to start telling you of the varieties you can get from us this season. Two first earlies to begin with – Duke of York and Red Duke of York.
Duke of York are an old heritage variety dating from 1891. They are an oval shaped tuber with creamy white flesh and are a great all round cooking potato.
Red Duke of York are a red skinned derivative of the above, apparently first found in 1942 amongst a crop of white Duke of Yorks. These are also a great all round cooker.
All of our seed potatoes are free for everyone. Schools and community groups should send us a message to have stock allocated and everyone else can pick these up at the events we will be taking part in around March. Event details will be posted soon!

We would like to say a huge thank you to The Robertson Trust for their donation to our project, which will help us to run the community element of One Seed Forward for 2020 through their Wee Grants for Wee Groups Fund.

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