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.
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 email@example.com so we know who to expect and can cater accordingly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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.