Following the last two very successful working parties, our next one is planned to take place on Sat 7 September in the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange, Cwmbran, NP44 8YN. Once again, we would love to welcome any volunteers who would like to take part.
The work will continue to develop the northwest quadrant, which is planned to become a reflective, sensory garden with winding paths, a water feature and seating areas tucked in and around the planting. Over the last two working parties, we have edged the inner paths, laid down membrane and hardcore and started to earth up the flower beds. The perimeter paths are left to do and we need to create the hard-standing for the corner shelter. There are also a variety of other lighter jobs to do around the main garden and help with providing refreshments. Whatever your abilities/interests we can find something for you to do!
The day will be divided into two sessions; 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm with a free lunch or BBQ at 1 pm for volunteers of either session.
If you would like to volunteer for one or both of these sessions, please let us know by e-mailing us at email@example.com so we know who to expect and can cater accordingly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we know who to expect and can cater accordingly.
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.
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
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.
The implementation of the Walled Garden design plan is moving ahead well. The central paving feature is almost complete but before we lay down the rest of the paths we need to lay in ducting for a new electricity and water supply. For this we need to clear a path around the inner perimeter of the Walled Garden. Can you help?
On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August we are planning a weekend working party to clear a way for us to get a digger on site to put trenches in for the new electric and water supplies. The clearance work will involve removing the spoil “mountain” by the south gate (see photo below) so there will be quite a lot of digging, lifting and barrowing required. We are hoping to find some strong, fit people to help us out. Many hands make light work!
We would also welcome volunteers to take on some lighter tasks such as keeping a regular flow of refreshments available for the grafters and hoeing out the spoil.
The working parties will run from 10.00 – 13.00 hrs and 13.00 – 16.00 hrs Sat and Sun. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come along. You will need to bring suitable footwear with covered toes (no sandals), sunscreen and a hat if the weather is sunny. Free refreshments will be provided.