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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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 –
Bryn Gwalia Community Garden, Mold
Digging Deeside, Connah’s Quay
Garth Organic, Llangollen
The Historic Hafod Walled Garden near Tragaron
Mayhill Washing Lake, Swansea
Rheola Walled Garden, Glynneath
Shaws Woodland, Swansea
Common Ground, Cardiff
Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden, Cwmbran
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can include as many volunteers as possible.
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.
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: