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Thank You Volunteers

A big thank you to everyone who turned up to volunteer for our working party weekend on 6-7 April. We were lucky with the weather and managed to get a lot done in the time.

Barry and Chris sorting our stones for the boundary walls in the south east quadrant.

About 9 people turned up on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Between us we sorted stones for building walls, primed and painted up some ironwork tree grills, filled in trenches for the power and water cables, did some potting on and watered seedlings.

Filling in trenches for the power and water cabling.
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Can you help? Working Party Weekend 6-7 April

Next weekend, at the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, we are planning to blitz the ground works in readiness for laying down the new paths.

We are planning 4 volunteer working party sessions, each one supervised by one of the charity Trustees.

The sessions will be on:

Sat 6 April 10.00 – 13.00 hrs

Sat 6 April 13.30 – 16.30 hrs

Sun 7 April 10.00 – 13.00 hrs

Sun 7 April 13.30 – 16.30 hrs

New faces are very welcome so don’t worry if you haven’t been before. We just ask that all volunteers wear appropriate footwear (no open toes) and run through a short health and safety briefing before we start. There will be a pick list of jobs to do, some light, some quite heavy, such as:

  • Sorting and grading stones for a new semi circular stone wall being built behind the greenhouse and shed.
  • Digging out and moving more of the soil mountain in the southwest quadrant.
  • Filling in the last few yards of trench for the electricity and water pipes.
  • Digging out foundations.
  • Potting up seedlings.
  • Painting some cast iron tree grills.
  • Keeping tea and coffee flowing.

Refreshments will be available.

We would like to get an idea of numbers to help us organise the work, so if you would like to come along, please drop us a line at our email address: info.lgh.garden@gmail.com

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Walled Garden Wins Community Managed Green Spaces Award

 

Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden is delighted to be one of 12 communities from across Wales to be celebrated and presented with Certificates from the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn AM at an award ceremony at St Peter Community Garden Cardiff on Weds 20th March 2019.

These are the first community managed green spaces awards made by Social Farms and Gardens and are the culmination of the first year of funding from the Welsh Government to the Community Land Advisory Service Cymru.

Social Farms and Gardens wanted to acknowledge that gaining permission and starting to manage a green space; be it an orchard, community garden or a woodland; is the fruition of a huge amount of hard work, consultation, negotiation and organisation and these awards are to recognise the hard work and many achievements of all communities who manage green spaces. Through its Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS), it will continue to support them and other communities who seek to acquire land to manage green spaces. CLAS Cymru will also work with Keep Wales Tidy to help community green space projects achieve a Green Flag Community Award.

Hannah Blythyn said: “I congratulate all the projects being honoured today and thank them for all the work they do to improve the local environment in their communities. Green space is vitally important in providing opportunities for people to get into the outdoors, enjoy some fresh air and exercise which is vitally important for both their mental and physical wellbeing.”

CLAS Cymru Coordinator Lucie Taylor, said she is delighted to be honouring the considerable achievements of the community projects. “CLAS Cymru is pleased to provide vital advice and support to community managed green space projects just like those we are celebrating today. We want to ensure that more land in Wales is used for the benefit of local communities, so that we can drive up the quality and effectiveness of green spaces because we know they can have an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing.”

The 12 community projects are as follows –

  1. Bryn Gwalia Community Garden, Mold
  2. Digging Deeside, Connah’s Quay
  3. Garth Organic, Llangollen
  4. The Historic Hafod Walled Garden near Tragaron
  5. Open Newtown
  6. Llandrindod Pomarium
  7. Mayhill Washing Lake, Swansea
  8. Rheola Walled Garden, Glynneath
  9. Shaws Woodland, Swansea
  10. Common Ground, Cardiff
  11. Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, Cwmbran
  12. Monks Wood, Vale of Glamorgan

Jan Smith, MBE and chair of Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden attended the event to accept the ward on behalf of the project, along with three of our regular volunteers.

Volunteers Graham Wookey and Jane Moss with Jan Smith receiving the award from Deputy Minister Hannah Blythyn, AM

 

Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of our newsletter ‘The Walled Garden’ which can be downloaded at this link:

The Walled Garden – Autumn 2018 pdf

In this issue:

  • Garden design update
  • Grange university Hospital build news
  • Growing Space pilot
  • Celebrating NHS 70th birthday – making royal connections
  • Lord Lieutenant of Gwent visits the garden
  • News in brief
  • Llanfrechfa village scarecrow competition

Llanfrechfa Village Scarecrow Competition 2018

Our Geraint Thomas scarecrow for 2018 came joint 2nd

It’s that time of year again when the Llanfrechfa Village Association holds it annual scarecrow competition. This year the Walled Garden project’s entry was Wales’ first Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, complete with yellow jersey, Welsh flag and a bike!

We know he rode like the wind during the competition but the day the team put him in place at the entrance to the Llanfrechfa Grange hospital site, it was so blustery he nearly took off!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped put him together.  Our scarecrow was awarded joint 2nd place by the Llanfrechfa Village Association which we are very pleased with. The winner was War Horse, commemorating World War 1 by Caerleon and District, which was very well done. You can find pictures of the other entries at the Llanfrechfa Village Association’s Facebook page.

 

Weekend Working Parties – a Big Thank You!

Sunday Working Party Volunteers

We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came along this weekend to help us prepare the ground for the installation of a new electrical and water supply around the garden. Everyone worked really hard and did a fantastic job.

Clearing the weeds in readiness for the soil

The work involved weeding, moving piles of rubble and digging away part of the big soil “mountain” in the south of the Walled Garden to clear a route close to the walls so that a digger can get through to make the required trenches. The soil from the mountain was then transported to the other end of the garden to help level out some of the uneven ground in what will become the “productive” quadrant.

Binca top of the heap on Saturday

Here are some photos of the volunteers from the Saturday afternoon and Sunday crews. If anyone has any photos from Saturday morning, do please send them in to email: info.lgh.garden@gmail.com so that we can include as many volunteers as possible.

 

Saturday afternoon crew
Sunday crew
Nearly done.

We are always ready to welcome new volunteers to this wonderful community gardening project in Torfaen. If you are interested in giving it a try, we are open every Monday during the day time and every Sunday morning 10.30 – 12.30. Visit our Volunteering page for more information.

 

Moving the Mountain Working Party – call for volunteers

The implementation of the Walled Garden design plan is moving ahead well. The central paving feature is almost complete but before we lay down the rest of the paths we need to lay in ducting for a new electricity and water supply. For this we need to clear a path around the inner perimeter of the Walled Garden. Can you help?

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August we are planning a weekend working party to clear a way for us to get a digger on site to put trenches in for the new electric and water supplies. The clearance work will involve removing the spoil “mountain” by the south gate (see photo below) so there will be quite a lot of digging, lifting and barrowing required. We are hoping to find some strong, fit people to help us out. Many hands make light work!

We would also welcome volunteers to take on some lighter tasks such as keeping a regular flow of refreshments available for the grafters and hoeing out the spoil.

The working parties will run from 10.00 – 13.00 hrs and 13.00 – 16.00 hrs Sat and Sun. Please contact us on info.lgh.garden@gmail.com if you would like to come along. You will need to bring suitable footwear with covered toes (no sandals), sunscreen and a hat if the weather is sunny. Free refreshments will be provided.

Thank you.

 

Annual General Meeting 2017

Ann Rpt screenshot

The second AGM of the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden was held in the Main Hall at Llanfrechfa Grange on a dark and soggy afternoon on 20 November 2017. Despite the dreadful weather, a few brave souls joined the Trustees for a look back over the last year’s activities and to hear news of our future plans.

The Trustees presented our Annual Report for 2016-17 and Chris Parsons, Treasurer, reported a healthy bank balance in his Financial Statement. Both documents can be downloaded here:

Annual Report 2016-17 (pdf)

Financial Accounts for FOLGWG Sept 2017 (pdf)

A raffle and sales held on the day, along with some membership renewals, raised around £100 for the charity.

Our thanks to all our supporters for your contributions over the past year.

 

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 edition of ‘The Walled Garden’.

Autumn 2017 Garden Newsletter (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Wall repairs and new entrances
  • Growing support for Autism
  • Chepstow Family Fun Day
  • More volunteering days
  • Our partnerships and affiliations
  • Membership renewals
  • Scarecrow competition

Meet Dorothy and Friends

Dorothy and friends – Llanfrechfa Scarecrow Competition 2017

We are delighted to announce that our entry into this year’s Llanfrechfa Village Association’s Scarecrow competition has won joint 1st prize for ‘Dorothy and Friends’ from the Wizard of Oz. The judges described them as “true works of art”!

We hope you like them. Everyone had great fun making them and we are grateful to all our volunteers who helped out. They were made with lots of items recycled from the Walled Garden.

You can see the other entries around Llanfrechfa village this weekend. There is also a fun day on Sunday 10th September 4 – 7 pm in the car park of The Gate, organised by Llanfrechfa Village Association.

Dorothy and Friends will remain in place at the entrance to the Llanfrechfa Grange site until at least the 11th September, after which they will find a home back within the Walled Garden.