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.
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!
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.