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Granite City Good Food Celebrates the Community Garden Festival 2022

Between 08-14 August, Granite City Good Food held Aberdeen's second Community Garden Festival. Now that it's over, we sat down to reflect on the festival and what it means for the City.


What a week. What a week! From cultivating sessions and propagation workshops to open days and community celebrations, the 2022 Community Garden Festival played host to over 50 events celebrating the power of community food growing. In addition, food fairs and community cooking demonstrations also featured in the festival spaces- a lovely way to celebrate local, good food.


Flower bed overlooking the harbour developments at St Fitticks
Cultivate Aberdeen Open Day- a lovely day with lots of amazing activity!

For 2022, 13 community spaces, across all localities in the city, were transformed into event spaces. From established community growing groups and allotment sites to Allotment Market Stalls at three of the cities amazing parks, activities were held for all ages and interests. Some gardens held one event, some held several, and all benefitted from a lovely week of weather!


Stalls at Bonnymuir Green Sustainable Food Fair
Bonnymuir Green- the 'Sustainable Food Fair' also saw the launch of One Seed Forward's Community Garden Training Programme.

The Community Garden Festival was launched in 2021 as a way to promote community good growing and the opportunity this provides for getting together to grow with others in a shared space. This year, the festival expanded, taking place over a full week, and was held earlier, following feedback and to make community growing more accessible to families (especially before kids go back to school!).


Tractor-tyre chair social space in the Earth and Worms garden
Earth and Worms- an amazing growing space nestled in the heart of the community.

Here at Granite City Good Food, we always find events like these inspiring. Community growing spaces are host to some of the very best opportunities to support biodiversity, promote food growing and the boost to food security this brings, and to create spaces for people to gather, celebrate, and socialise. The festival showed the very best of that and we can't wait until next year.


Slopefield Allotments proudly displaying it's green flag.
Slopefield Allotments- a three year green-flag winning allotment space

Did you attend the Community Garden Festival? What was your event highlight? Use #GardenFestAberdeen on social media to share your highlight, and why not tag us too?


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