No Dig Organic Veg Growing Update

The sun is shining at last and it’s all systems go on the No Dig veg course, so now seems like a good time to share an update.

Nice healthy looking spinach sown 13th Feb

Seed sowing for the course got underway in mid February. Our first sowings were radishes, spinach, broad beans and broccoli. Radishes and spinach were sown in clumps of 3-5 seeds per small (3cm) modules. Broad beans went in modules individually and the broccoli was sown in a seed tray and then pricked out to modules once the first seed leaves came through. The seed trays were all transferred to heated propagators in the shed to germinate and then brought out into the light of the greenhouse as soon as they emerged.

The radishes have since been planted out under horticultural fleece and the broad beans joined them today. The radishes are looking healthy and putting out some new leaves but one or two plants have a few nibbles – on the lookout for the culprit, but didn’t find him today! Probably slug.

Multi-sown radishes with a few nibbles!

Broad beans planted out today.










Seedlings still in the greenhouse for now.

In the meantime, we have also sown beetroot, mangetout and Spring blush peas. These have been done as multi-sow groups too; 4 per module for the beetroot and 3 per module for the peas. Celeriac was next and has been sown on the surface into a seed tray. The celeriac is the only one we are waiting on for germination at the moment.

So, that’s it for the time being. The spinach and broccoli should be going into the ground soon and the carrots will be sown direct in the next week or so.

The Walled Garden Newsletter – Winter 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of The Walled Garden newsletter.

In this issue:

  • New ventures in 2021
  • Access and volunteering news
  • New “No Dig” organic vegetable growing project
  • The Japanese Garden
  • Community Garden lawns
  • Membership update
  • New seed swap scheme
  • News in brief
  • And now here come the daffodils
  • Contact us

Click here to download your copy (pdf).

We hope you enjoy reading it.

The Walled Garden Newsletter – Autumn 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter about the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Living with COVID
  • Grange University Hospital open for business
  • Creative connections in the Garden
  • Great British Garden Party
  • News in brief
  • Peter Rabbit’s a winner
  • Contact us

We hope you enjoy reading it. Please use the contact form below if you would like to send us your feedback.

Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden named as one of the country’s best green spaces

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.

The Green Flag Award gives recognition to parks and community green spaces that have demonstrated the high standards of the Green Flag Award. Emphasis is also placed on local community involvement in the ongoing and long-term care of the award park.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Independent green space experts volunteered their time in early autumn to judge applicant sites against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden has once again achieved the prestigious Green Flag Community Award in recognition of its dedicated volunteer involvement, high environmental standards and commitment to delivering great quality green space.

We are delighted to have been awarded the Green Flag once again in recognition of the commitment and hard work put in by our volunteers and supporters to implement this project. We have been working tirelessly to implement our garden design in time for our planned spring opening despite all the challenges of the current pandemic. It seems more important than ever that this garden will provide a high quality green haven for everyone visiting the site.

We are one of 127 community managed green spaces across the country which have met the high standards needed to receive the Green Flag Community Award.  Wales currently holds a third of the UK’s community Green Flag sites.  For more information about the Green Flag Award in Wales visit

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:

““The pandemic has shown just how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities. For many of us, they have been a haven on our doorstep, benefiting our health and well-being.

“The success of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden in achieving the Green Flag Community Award is a testament to the volunteers who have maintained excellent standards under the most challenging circumstances this year. I’d like to congratulate and thank them all for their outstanding commitment.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website

For more information please contact Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator on 07469 118876 or email

Keep Wales Tidy is a registered environmental charity working to protect our environment for now and for the future. Visit their website for more information:

Coming Up – The Great British Garden Party

As part of the National Garden Scheme, we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Great British Garden Party at Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden on:

Saturday 19th September 2020.

Come and see how the garden is developing and support a good cause at the same time. There will also be a plant and produce sale.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this will be a ticket only event in order to manage numbers and maintain social distancing. Attendees will be allocated a one hour preferred time slot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (last admission) with max 15 visitors per hour.

Tickets cost £5, which includes refreshments and entry into a prize raffle. Children under 12 free entry. All proceeds will be split between the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden and the NGS selected nursing charities.

To reserve a place, please contact us at

Please mark your email Great British Garden Party RSVPand provide the names and contact details for each person attending (this is in case of any need for Test, Trace and Protect following the event). Please also let us know if you have a preferred time for your visit.

Payment can be made in cash on the day or by bank transfer once your booking has been confirmed.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.


The Walled Garden – Summer 2020 newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter about the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • COVID-19 update
  • Grange University hospital news
  • Garden design implementation
  • Art in the garden
  • Supporting us
  • Become a volunteer
  • Our wonderful volunteers – in their own words
  • Local places for nature award
  • Contact us

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The Walled Garden – Spring 2020 newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter about the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • COVID-19 update
  • Ways to support us
  • Garden design implementation – a look back at progress so far
  • Pandemic planting – growing store cupboard veg!
  • From sowing to sewing
  • Contact us


The Walled Garden – spring 2020 Download (pdf)

We hope you enjoy reading it. Please use the contact form below if you would like to send us your feedback.


Message from the Trustees of the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden 27th March 2020

The Walled Garden was closed immediately in response to the government’s directive of March 23rd 2020 requiring all to stay at home and not to make unnecessary journeys.

The trustees have since explored whether restricted access could be resumed within the daily exercise rules. While gardening and indeed allotment management is considered an allowed activity, the advice is that people should not drive to their allotments/gardens. Our volunteers travel to the garden from across Gwent and this, together with several other risk factors, means that the garden will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

In anticipation that this would happen our volunteers put in a huge effort over the last week to plant out as much as possible and to mulch our new trees and shrubs. Tender plants have been found temporary homes with volunteers who will also plant seeds to grow at home or in the garden should we be able to return at some point in the summer.

The Trustees will review the position regularly and will aim to resume work in the garden as soon as we can do so safely and within government guidance.

Volunteers and members are encouraged to stay in touch though our website, Facebook page and the regular volunteers’ WhatsApp group or via email.


Coronavirus: Restricting Access to the Walled Garden

Message from the Trustees of the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden

Following the government’s guidance on Covid-19, dated March 16th 2020, the garden’s trustees are implementing some significant changes with immediate effect.

The safety and wellbeing of our volunteers and visitors is our primary concern. We are therefore closing the garden to all but a small number of volunteers who will maintain it and continue with the development of its infrastructure for as long as it is safe to do so.

A letter setting out our current plan has been sent out to all volunteers and members via e-mail. The plan may change in response to any new advice or directives from Public Health Wales, the Government or the Health Board.

We are disappointed not to be able to maintain the wonderful progress we have made in the garden to date and are so grateful to our volunteers and supporters for enabling us to get this far.

We will be back up and running as soon as possible and hope you will continue to support and follow us throughout the coming weeks and months.

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Next Working Party – This Sunday 15th March

Calling any budding volunteers for the Walled Garden – can you help?  

We are holding our second working party of the year this Sunday 10am to 4.30pm (weather permitting!) with a light lunch provided at 1pm.

There will be a mixture of tasks from path laying to seed sowing, or perhaps you could help keep the flow of tea and coffees going – all help is welcome.

For catering purposes, please tell us if you are coming and if you have any special dietary requirements.


Thank you in anticipation, we look forward to seeing all our volunteers on Sunday.