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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.

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Can you help? working party 13th july

We are pleased to announce a series of Working Party dates and would love to hear from you if you can help. This is primarily to make a start on constructing what we are calling the “reflective quadrant” in the northwest corner of the garden.

This part of the garden has been cleared of vegetation and has been dormant for a few months and we need to get paths laid out so we can plant up the beds in the autumn. Work will involve digging and laying paths, but we have plenty of lighter work that will need doing also. Whatever your abilities/interests we can find something for you to do! The dates/times are:

Saturday July 13th – 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Saturday August 10th – (times as above)
Saturday September 7th – (times as above)

We will also be offering a lunchtime BBQ as a thank you for volunteering efforts and an opportunity to socialise.
Please consider supporting these working parties to help us progress the next exciting stage of the garden development.

If you would like to volunteer for one of these events, 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.

The Walled Garden – Winter 2018-19 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter for Winter 2018/19.

Download Winter 2018-19 Newsletter pdf file

In this issue:

  • Garden design update on planned structures
  • Spring raffle
  • Supporting us – become an Associate Member
  • Grange University Hospital build update
  • News in brief
  • Llanfrechfa parish church history links

Walled Garden Event Volunteers Wanted

Do you love the idea of the Walled Garden project but can’t garden or just don’t have green fingers? There are lots of other ways to volunteer or get involved. Right now, we are looking ahead to what events we need to plan for over the coming year and would really welcome any offers of help to take this forward.

We would like to form a small group to help us do this. The kind of things we need are:

  • Help planning and organising the events calendar for the coming year
  • Help publicising events
  • Boosting support for volunteering and membership in the garden
  • Linking in with other local groups and stakeholders
  • Help running activities such as open days, volunteer working parties, manning a stand at external events, celebration and social events.

If you would like to get involved or for more information, please contact Angela Fry, General Secretary – Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden at info.lgh.garden@gmail.com

 

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.

 

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Summer 2018

Our Summer 2018 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

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In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Forthcoming events
  • Garden design update
  • Progress on the new Grange University Hospital build
  • ‘Have a Grow’ day
  • NHS 70th birthday
  • Norwegian visitors
  • Remembering Terry
  • Calling local history buffs
  • Contact us

Invitation to visit the Walled Garden

Stop Press- Short Notice!!
The Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden are members of ‘Social Farms and Gardens’, a federation of community growers.  On Saturday June 2nd many members will be opening their gardens to promote and celebrate the work of community growing groups across Wales, and we are one of them!   If you want to get involved too and ‘have a grow’ we will have seeds to sow and plants to pot on, or just come along to see how the garden is progressing and maybe buy a plant or two.  Refreshments also available.
We will be open from 10.00 until 1.00.
Hope to see you then.

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Spring 2018

Our Spring 2018 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

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In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Spring diary
  • Garden design news
  • Spring into planting
  • News in brief
  • Grange University Hospital build news
  • Thank you tea for volunteers
  • A growing space for veg
  • Contact us