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.
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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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.