10 days to go to this years Fair Trade Open House. Lots of parcels are arriving and we are unpacking some beautiful goods. Here is the latest box, full of scarves and hand knits from Nepal. Really colourful and cosy, perfect for today’s weather! Hope you can come and see for yourself. Open Wednesday-Sunday –7th-11th November.



STARTS SOON. The annual Fairtrade Sale at Bonnyton, Pitmedden. A huge selection of ethical gifts and essentials. Delicious foods and ingredients for every occasion, cards, crafts, gifts and clothing. A wonderful shopping experience.

From Wednesday to Sunday. You will get a warm welcome.

Come and shop for your gifts in the knowledge that all goods are ethically produced and environmentally friendly, benefiting farmers and makers with fair prices.

Experience Hallowe’en at spooky Pitmedden Garden

Inverurie Herald :

Pitmedden Garden

A spooktacular Experience Hallowe’en event will be held at Pitmedden Garden later this month.

The famous north east garden will feature spiders, scarecrows, pumpkins and mystical creatures.

Guise through the Museum of Farming Life and take part in various traditional activities until you reach the Farm House – will you dare to knock on the door to get your treat?

Visitors on the day can also walk through the Creepy Garden Trail and take part in Pumpkin and Fancy Dress competitions, just make sure you come along dressed up with your carved pumpkin.

The event, to be held on Saturday, October 27, is for everyone from families looking for a fun day out, to those who are looking to enjoy a hot chocolate in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden.

Entry is £5 per guiser and the event will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with last entry at 4pm.

Popular pumpkin patch set to open again in 2018

Popular pumpkin patch set to open

Udny Pumpkins founder Jenny Fyall with her children Isabelle and Thomas

A north east mum is busy preparing to open her popular pumpkin patch in Udny this weekend.

Jenny Fyall is the founder of Udny Pumpkins, a pick your own pumpkin patch located near Udny Green.

Some of the pumpkins at Udny Pumpkins

Former Scotsman journalist Jenny started Udny Pumpkins last year as she explained: “This will be our second year.

“My husband John and I moved up here after purchasing a property that we had our eyes on for a while.

“We kept animals and I was keen on growing my own vegetables, but we had a couple of fields that we weren’t using.

“One of my friends said her two boys really wanted to go pumpkin picking but I had to ask her what that was as I had never heard of it.”

Isabelle and Thomas feed the animals at Udny Pumpkins

After carrying out a lot of research Jenny found a new use for her unused land.

She said: “I found out pumpkin picking was big in America but the more I looked into it I just thought it sounded so fun and I was so enthusiastic about it, and it sounded like something I would really enjoy doing.

“The next day I bought 1,000 pumpkin seeds and pots and it has gone from there.”

Jenny admitted the first year was used as a trial run to see if the idea would be popular.

“When we opened I was astonished by the response and by day two we had sold out,” she said.

“It’s nice for young people, especially children who live in Aberdeen who maybe don’t have a garden, they can come along, get their hands dirty and learn about growing pumpkins.”

Jenny added: “We have grown ten different varieties of pumpkins this year.

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“There will be a colouring competition, the chance to feed our animals, and baby chicks to hold. We will also have hay bales for children to climb on and a few games too.”

Jenny will have help at the pumpkin patch from husband John and children Isabelle and Thomas.

Jenny explained: “Thomas will hand out recipe cards as we want to encourage people to cook with their pumpkins, Isabelle will help with the chicks, and John has taken the week off work to help, he is very supportive.”

Udny Pumpkins will open on Saturday 20 until Sunday 28 October, but will be closed on Monday, October 22.

Last chance to make use of evening recycling facilities to clear out your home and sheds before darker nights close in

There are only a few weeks of summer left for Aberdeenshire residents to take advantage of later closing time of some Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

Many sites are currently open until 8pm on Tuesday evenings, allowing residents to recycle their materials later than usual. Tuesday, September 25 will be the final evening where HWRCs will be open late on a Tuesday evening.

Most HWRCs will remain operating until 5pm on the weekends, allowing residents to responsibly dispose of their waste.

Seasonal garden waste facilities will remain available until Saturday, November 3. Residents are actively encouraged to recycle their garden waste at either a HWRC or at a seasonal garden waste collection point rather than putting their cuttings in their landfill bin.

More than 200 glass recycling points are also available throughout Aberdeenshire, many are located within supermarket car parks, residents can dispose of their glass where they purchase the material in the first instance.

Aberdeenshire council conducted a waste analysis in early 2018 which discovered the recycling rate could be 70% using current services, however the recycling rate is 43.5%.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Roads, Landscape and Waste Services, Philip McKay, said: “As the nights draw in, our summer late night opening stops. Many of our centres will still be open 7 days a week until 5pm. These sites allow residents to recycle a wide range of materials that would not be picked up through the kerbside collection service.”

For more information on HWRC opening hours and the materials accepted at each site visit: