Snap for all seasons at Deeside allotments

Digging for Diamonds: The Woodend Barn Allotments 'Photograph � Alicia Bruce
Digging for Diamonds: The Woodend Barn Allotments 'Photograph � Alicia Bruce

Almost a year in the life of some Deeside allotments will go on display this weekend in the form of a ‘through the seasons’ exhibition.

Behind Banchory’s Woodend Barn lie 110 allotments worked and cared for by the community.

Photographer Alicia Bruce has been capturing the cabbages and snapping the sweet peas since January 2014 in order to document the life of the plots.

An exhibition of her photographic portraits, which focus on the people who work the land and the unique rural setting, will go on show this Saturday, October 25, at Woodend Barn.

The aim of the exhibition is to tell the interesting and varied stories of those who work on the allotments and explore why they are drawn to work on the land.

Over the growing year, Alicia has met plot holders from all walks of life including retirees, golfers, artists, teachers, shop assistants, oil executives and children who are learning from an early age where their food comes from.

All are welcome to join the staff at Woodend Barn at Saturday’s free event, which will take place from noon until 2.30pm in the Lang Byre Gallery.

The exhibition is a collection of medium format photos, taken by Alicia since the start of her residency in January. Throughout the opening event attendees will also be invited to taste some vegetable soups, made using produce from the allotments themselves.

Photographer Alicia said: “The Woodend Barn Allotments are unique due to their rural setting in Royal Deeside. I have enjoyed getting to know some of the plot holders over the growing year and am grateful to all who participated in the project.

“This project is a celebration of the people, the plots and the produce. Not only have I learned lots about gardening, I’ve also learned why people choose to have an allotment. Some are here for solitude, some for the views to Scolty, some for community and others for family time.”