Aden allotments on Beechgrove Garden

An allotment at Aden Country Park
An allotment at Aden Country Park

The new community allotments in Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, have featured on a BBC television programme.

The allotments were shown on the BBC2’s Beechgrove Garden programme on Thursday.

Thursday’s show was the first of three visits from Jim McColl and the Beechgrove Garden team who will follow the life of the new allotment holders throughout their first growing season.

The series of programmes will primarily focus on three allotments that vary in size and scale, along with the growing experience of each of the allotment holders.

Another important feature of the park to be included in the programme is the onsite plant nursery run by Aberdeenshire Council which grows more than 300,000 bedding plants for use within communities, towns, and villages throughout Aberdeenshire.

The development of the new allotments is a result of ongoing partnership working between Aberdeenshire Council and Buchan Development Partnership which in April 2012 carried out a community consultation exercise part of which was to establish the desire and demand in the Mintlaw community for the development of allotments and a community garden in the grounds of Aden Country Park.

Following an overwhelmingly positive response, a group of local people were supported to form the Aden Community Allotment Association (ACAA).

In June 2013 work commenced with the construction of perimeter fencing and roads, paths. Over the past year funding has enabled the ACAA group to create 43 different sized allotments, covering all the ground works, tool store, access to water, individual sheds, along with compost bins and water butts.

With the allotments aspect nearing completion the ACAA group and partners decided that it was an ideal time to get in touch with the Beechgrove Garden to see if they would be interested in both the allotments and the soon to be developed community garden area.

On visiting Aden the Beechgrove Garden team were very impressed at the great work being done and in February of this year offered the unique opportunity of filming some of the allotment holders through their first growing season and the early and various stages of bedding plant production in the nursery.