Get Growing Onions and Garlic

Even although it’s November, you can still Get Growing! Try planting some onions and garlic now, for harvesting in the springtime or early summer. Check out our onion and garlic growing guides!

 

Co-op Community Fund

We’re lucky to have been chosen again for the Co-op Local Community Fund in 2024. 🤩

If you don’t already have a Co-op card you can become a Member by joining online at www.coop.co.uk/membership . It costs £1 to join but (at the same time as raising funds for us) you’ll get weekly money-off offers, and also special member-only discounts. So should be a win-win for both of us!

Once you’ve got your membership, choose One Seed Forward (cause ID: 77483) as the cause you’d like to support. Each time you then shop and swipe or scan your membership card, you’ll be helping to raise funds for us!

You can view our fund-raising page at: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/77483

Thank you! As a voluntary organisation we depend on fund-raising to continue our work – supporting and encouraging all ages to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

A Green Halloween

As an active member of NESCAN (North East of Scotland Climate Action Network) we were delighted to be asked to put together a newsletter with ideas for a greener Halloween. The newsletter is full of great pumpkin, crafting and gardening ideas – you can view or download a copy here.

Launch of Community Garden Training Programme

Bob is pictured with Margaux Lashbrook (Asda Community Champion) at the Bonnymuir Green Food Fair.

We were delighted to launch our new Community Garden training programme at the Bonnymuir Green Food festival on Saturday.

Our first programme will run for 6 weeks in Aberdeen starting in September. This programme will be free to participants thanks to funding from the Asda Foundation. For more information see our Community Garden Training Programme flyer.

Shoebox Garden Competition – School Category Results

The winning school in this years competition is Castle Court School in Dorset, who sent us an amazing 60+  entries, from pupils in years 3 to 5. A huge array of wonderful garden designs all made beautifully, thoughtfully and imaginatively. Brilliant!!

Coming a very close second place was Airyhall School in Aberdeen, with a range of brilliant entries from primary 1 and 2 pupils. An amazing job by everyone taking part!

Congratulations again to the winners and runner-ups, and a HUGE thanks to ALL the children and schools who took part in this years competition. We hope you enjoyed making your gardens – we certainly enjoyed looking at them and are amazed at all the thought and work that’s gone into them. We’re already looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2023!!

Shoebox Garden Competition – Individual Category Results

We are delighted to announce the winner of the ‘Individual’ category of the Garden Shoebox competition is Grace Matheson (age 7). 🤩 Grace’s garden is based on a beach theme and features carrot, nasturtium and lobelia plants – all grown from seed! Grace upcycled lots of things from in and around her house and beach to make the garden, including: lollypop sticks to make the bench, a cotton reel for a table, and sweetie wrappers to make cushions! Brilliant work!

Runners up were: Rosie Gollings (age 10), also with a beach themed garden, and Aiden Campbell (pictured), with his ‘Wild Garden’ inspired by the croft he lives on (featuring chives, and a drawbridge for the animals to get in and out).

We had lots of great entries into the individual competition but there can only be one winner (and 2 runner-ups)! Thanks to all the other children who entered. A great job by everyone – the judges were impressed!

Shoebox Garden 2022

Our annual Shoebox Garden competition is now open. For more details click on the link: Shoebox Garden 2022 

Guest Pod – Bonnymuir Green Community Trust

Our latest Guest Pod features Bonnymuir Green Community Trust.
 
Our final Tattie Day of 2022 was held at Bonnymuir Green – visitors who hadn’t been before were amazed with all it has to offer – including a cafe, outside sitting area, bees, pick your own fruit and vegetables and a pond. Click on the link to find out more – well worth a visit! 🙂

Congratulations Bob!

We are delighted to say that OSF’s Bob Donald received a Certificate of Merit from The Caley (Royal Caledonian Horticultural Scociety) at their 2022 Annual Awards Ceremony last night, in recognition of his services to gardening/ horticulture. Totally deserved – well done Bob!

Bob was nominated by the OSF Team – you can read the statements in support of Bob’s nomination below.

Summary of contribution to gardening or horticulture in Scotland

Bob’s contribution is outstanding. In an entirely voluntary capacity, he:

  • established (in 2017), chairs and drives forward the voluntary organisation One Seed Forward (OSF) in the north-east (NE) of Scotland
  • subsequently, in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, helped develop the OSF Garden Schools programme which he takes a lead role in promoting and driving forward – encouraging schools to establish F&V gardens, and to introduce and engage pupils with growing through a programme of engaging materials
  • jointly works the OSF community allotment, demonstrating the F&V which can be grown successfully in the NE – he encourages people to visit to see what’s going on, to learn, and to get involved
  • champions heritage varieties (particularly of potatoes!) through annual OSF free seed potato giveaways – manning stalls, giving advice and encouragement to first-time and other growers
  • promotes an eco-friendly and organic approach to growing
  • endlessly networks and fosters working relationships with a wide range of partners including other voluntary groups and charities, schools, community groups, as well as local health and social care partnerships – promoting the value and benefits of ‘growing your own’, and offering advice and support to get started through the work of OSF
  • takes a hands-on approach, physically helping people and groups including building vegetable gardens and raised beds

 

Describe how the person you are nominating stands out from others and why they deserve special recognition

Apart from his love of all things potato (!), Bob stands out from others as a result of his TOTAL dedication and drive to further the work of OSF, encouraging and supporting all ages to grow their own. Not bad for someone who confesses he previously had no interest in gardening or growing!

Always in quiet command, Bob has tireless energy, passion, enthusiasm and commitment in moving forward the work of OSF. He leads from the front both coming up with ideas, and then happily ‘getting his hands dirty’ doing the work involved. Equally he is more than happy to listen to other people’s ideas and to support putting them into action. He always retains a sense of humour, is open-minded and inclusive. Despite being hugely busy he will always find time to have a chat or offer advice and support when anyone needs.

 

Spring ’22 Newsletter

Our Spring ’22 Newsletter is available now!