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Thank You Volunteers

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.

Barry and Chris sorting our stones for the boundary walls in the south east quadrant.

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.

Filling in trenches for the power and water cabling.
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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

 

Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of our newsletter ‘The Walled Garden’ which can be downloaded at this link:

The Walled Garden – Autumn 2018 pdf

In this issue:

  • Garden design update
  • Grange university Hospital build news
  • Growing Space pilot
  • Celebrating NHS 70th birthday – making royal connections
  • Lord Lieutenant of Gwent visits the garden
  • News in brief
  • Llanfrechfa village scarecrow competition

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.

 

Moving the Mountain Working Party – call for volunteers

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 info.lgh.garden@gmail.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.

Thank you.

 

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Spring 2018

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

Spring 2018 Newsletter final

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

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Winter 2017

Our Winter 2017 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

The Walled Garden – Winter 2017.pdf

In this issue:

  • Becoming a registered charity
  • Poly tunnel goes up in Productive Quadrant
  • Spring raffle announcement
  • Grange University Hospital build update
  • News in brief
  • Hidden Now Heard goes online.

 

Annual General Meeting 2017

Ann Rpt screenshot

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:

Annual Report 2016-17 (pdf)

Financial Accounts for FOLGWG Sept 2017 (pdf)

A raffle and sales held on the day, along with some membership renewals, raised around £100 for the charity.

Our thanks to all our supporters for your contributions over the past year.