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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

The Walled Garden – Winter 2019/20  DOWNLOAD PDF

We hope you enjoy reading it. Please use the contact form below to to send us your feedback so that we can continue to improve.

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.

We hope you enjoy reading it. Please leave us a comment in the response box below if you have any feedback or suggestions for future issues.

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.

The Walled Garden – Spring 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of our newsletter ‘The Walled Garden’ which can be downloaded at this link:

In this issue:

  • Garden design news
  • Summer events calendar
  • ‘Have a Grow’ day
  • Remembering Peter Kelly
  • Hospital build news
  • News in brief
  • Grow Wild Winners

Have a Grow Day – Sat 1st June

As part of the Social Farms and Gardens national celebration of community gardening, Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden will be open for visitors on Sat 1st June 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. Come along and see how the garden is progressing and take part in some fun activities for all the family.

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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.

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