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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

 

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CORONAVIRUS: CLOSURE OF THE WALLED GARDEN

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.

Email: info.garden.lgh@gmail.com

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

Can You help? Working Party – Sat 22nd Feb

2019 Working Party Volunteers

Well we have 14 months before the Grange University Hospital is due to open so we are aiming to get the Garden safe for visitors by that time. Path laying is the most essential part of this aim, so we would really appreciate help from anybody wishing to volunteer this spring.

Here are the dates for the next working party weekends, the first of which is this coming Saturday.  Morning session will be 10am to 1pm, afternoon session 1.30pm to 4.30pm (or come for as long or short as you wish!)

Saturday 22nd Feb (Wales v France KO 16.45)
Sunday 15th March
Saturday 4th April

A light lunch such as soup and a roll will be provided and we usually have plenty of cake too!

Work will be mainly manual, as we have more paths to lay, marking and making borders for paths, barrowing soil and chippings, preparing flower and veg beds, etc. However, for those who cannot do heavy manual work, there will probably be some seed sowing to do and help with food preparation, teas, coffees etc, is always welcome. As the weather forecast is not great, the work plan will be adjusted accordingly and we will cut short the sessions if need be. At this stage any help will be a step in progress and much appreciated.

I do hope you can spare a few hours to help us with this fantastic project!

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Binca Wilson, Membership Secretary at email:  info.lgh.garden@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you soon

The Walled Garden – Winter 2019/20 Newsletter

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

In this issue:

  • Garden design news
  • Grange University Hospital build update
  • Festive fun for volunteers and members
  • Halloween fund raiser winners
  • Supporting us – become as Associate Member
  • Spring raffle
  • Charity funding news
  • Happy Birthday Mary

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The Walled Garden – Autumn 2019 newsletter

Welcome to the Autumn 2019 newsletter on the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Forthcoming events
  • Grow Wild project update
  • Garden design implementation
  • Grange University Hospital build news
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • News in brief
  • Competition winners
  • Contact us.

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NEXT WORKING PARTY SEPT 7 – CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Progress on paths after first working party in July 2019

Following the last two very successful working parties, our next one is planned to take place on Sat 7 September in the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran, NP44 8YN. Once again, we would love to welcome any volunteers who would like to take part.

Working party volunteers laying in paths in July 2019.

The work will continue to develop the northwest quadrant, which is planned to become a reflective, sensory garden with winding paths, a water feature and seating areas tucked in and around the planting. Over the last two working parties, we have edged the inner paths, laid down membrane and hardcore and started to earth up the flower beds. The perimeter paths are left to do and we need to create the hard-standing for the corner shelter. There are also a variety of other lighter jobs to do around the main garden and help with providing refreshments. Whatever your abilities/interests we can find something for you to do!

The day will be divided into two sessions; 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm with a free lunch or BBQ at 1 pm for volunteers of either session.

If you would like to volunteer for one or both of these sessions, please let us know by e-mailing us at info.lgh.garden@gmail.com so we know who to expect and can cater accordingly.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Working party volunteers in action!

The Walled Garden – Summer 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the Summer 2019 newsletter on the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

In this issue:

  • July Open Day and AGM
  • Green Flag Award
  • Saturday Working party paving the way
  • ‘Have a Grow’ day
  • Garden design news
  • Grange University Hospital build
  • Introducing the new Cottage Garden.

We hope you enjoy reading all our news and welcome any comments on how we can improve the newsletter.