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 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
The Trustees are pleased to announce that we will be holding an Open Morning at Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden on Saturday 14th April, meeting at the Committee Room, Grange House, from 10am to 12 noon.
This event has been specially organised for friends and volunteers as a thank you for supporting the project. There will be an opportunity to look around the garden and see what we are growing. We hope it will be looking quite colourful by then! You can meet other supporters and the Trustees and find out where we currently are with our plans for 2018 and beyond. You may be able to purchase plants, or at least place an order for some and we will, of course, have refreshments available.
So make a note in the diary, dust off the cobwebs (and the snow!) and come and join us for an hour or two.
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: