Aden Community Allotments Association, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire was formed in August 2012 with the aim to create allotments and community gardens within the boundaries of Aden Country Park just outside Mintlaw. It acquired a long term lease from Aberdeenshire Council on a 30 acre former farmers field, In February 2013 the association successfully secured a grant of over £77,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund. There were still hurdles to jump, for example although full planning permission was not required, the design still had to be submitted to the planning department.
However in July ground work began to develop the field into 49 allotments ranging in size from 10m x 10m to 20m x20m. Each plot is provided with a shed, compost bin and water butt. In December 2013 the allotmenteers were able to gain access to their plots. Over the past three months the allotments have developed. Every plot holder has their own unique way of managing their plots. It is enlightening to see so many likeminded people coming together, all from different backgrounds to help one another in any way they can. There is still work to be done on communal areas including the community garden at the site entrance.
Beechgrove Garden visited the plots on the 27th of March for filming on the allotments. This episode (Episode 3) was broadcast on the 17th of April, 7.30pm BBC2. It can still be viewed using iPlayer. The Beechgrove team will be back again in May, July and September to continue filming.
For more infomation and lots more pictures see the facebook page. Aden Community Allotment Association (ACAA)