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.
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.
Well, spring is only just around the corner and we need to get the ground in the Walled Garden as clear as possible before the weeds start to germinate again. There are still some brambles to cut back and old derelict structures to remove. Our next session in the garden will concentrate on these tasks and is planned for Monday 29th February, 9.30 to 2.00.
Supported by Thom from Keep Wales Tidy and Graham, one of our regular volunteers, we will start to salvage the bricks from the old green house base.
We want re-use these bricks to build the foundations for our Horticultural Therapy Greenhouse that will be funded from our Tesco Bags of Help award.
A quick plug here for our previous post, asking you to vote for our greenhouse at one of the Tesco stores in Torfaen or Blaenau Gwent between Saturday Feb 27th and Sunday March 6th. The 5p carrier bag charge has funded this award and we are delighted that the Walled Garden will receive at least £8,000, and more if we get loads of votes!
If you have a few hours to spare next Monday and would like to help with this on-going clearance, please do come along. For anyone who’s up for cleaning a few bricks, we have eye protection goggles and a selection of hammers and chisels. If you prefer to use your own that’s fine, and please ensure you wear good gloves and stout boots.
For bramble clearing and gathering up other burnable waste you will need to bring secateurs, loppers and rakes. We will pile it all up in readiness for the next bonfire. Again good gloves and footwear are essential, and a wheel barrow if you can get one in your car will be a real asset!
Following the initial cutting back of the dense bramble in the garden we are now looking for volunteers to help with the next phase of clearing. Supported by Keep Wales Tidy we are planning to spend two days in the garden:- Monday 14th December and Tuesday 15th December (these are firm dates and replace the tentative long weekends previously published) There are a number tasks we want to complete on these two days, including raking up the vegetation we have already cut back; preparing a ‘heeling-in’ area for a number of saplings that need to be moved and given space to grow; clearing bramble and weed roots from the base of some of the more mature trees and the old greenhouse bases; and sorting and moving old garden equipment and other items we found during the initial clearance. We would be delighted if you are able to offer some time on one or both of these days. For further information please contact the clearance team at email@example.com We look forward to seeing you!