Tag Archives: llanfrechfa walled garden

Can you help? Working Party Weekend 6-7 April

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: info.lgh.garden@gmail.com

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Advertisements

The Walled Garden – Spring 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our new look newsletter which we plan to publish every quarter for our members and supporters.

The Walled Garden – Spring 2017 (pdf. 13MB)

The Walled Garden – Spring 2017 (Word doc 1.8MB)

 

In this issue you will find:

  • Forthcoming events
  • Meet the Trustees
  • Become a member or volunteer
  • News about our Therapeutic Horticulture partnership project
  • Garden design survey update
  • Hospital build news
  • How to contact us.

Call for Volunteers

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.

Greenhouse base
Derelict greenhouse built of bricks made by the Star Brick Company, Caerleon

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.

GetImage 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.

View from South east corner, Feb 2016
The garden viewed from the south east corner  – February 2016

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!

 

If you able to come along to help please respond to this post or drop me a note at grangegardenjans@yahoo.co.uk

Thank you

Jan Smith, on behalf of the Walled Garden Community

Tesco Bags of Help – our first award, and we need your help!

GetImage

We are delighted to announce that the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project is to be a recipient of a Tesco Bags of Help award.  Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch an initiative which will use the money raised from the 5p bag charge to award grants to community groups or projects in numerous regions across England and Wales.  Ranging from £8,000 to £12,000 the value of each award will be decided by Tesco customers taking part in an in-store vote.

Together with two other projects in our area we have been selected to receive an award of either £8000, £10,000 or £12,000.  To receive the highest award we need to receive the highest total number of votes cast across four Tesco stores in Gwent:-

Ebbw Vale   –   Abertillery  –  Pontypool  –  Greenmeadow, Cwmbran

Voting will take place over the nine days from Saturday 27 February until Sunday 6 March 2016.  Customers shopping in any of these stores during this time will be given a voting token for every transaction made.  (Online customers and shoppers in other stores can also get a voting token in one of these four stores by showing their delivery note or receipt).

Robinsons aluminium Victorian

The award has been made to enable us to build the first greenhouse in the Walled Garden.  We plan to build a strong, roomy attractive structure for use by individuals and groups who would benefit from participating in horticultural therapy activities.

The bigger the award the better the greenhouse we will be able to provide!

So, if you are shopping in any of these four Tesco stores during the voting period please consider casting your vote for the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden Horticultural Therapy Greenhouse.

Thank you.

 

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board wins Health Standard Platinum Award

We are delighted to announce that Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) has been successful in securing the Health Standards highest award thanks in part to the support of the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

The Corporate Health Standard is the national mark of quality for health and wellbeing in the work place. The standard is designed to promote a continuous journey of good practice and improvement and can be used by organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

At platinum level ABUHB has demonstrated its commitment to supporting not only their employees, but other organisations and the local community. This involves a range of activities including the promotion of partnership working, sharing knowledge and promoting community engagement.

Jan Smith and Angela Fry man the Walled Garden stand at Platinum Award event.
Jan Smith and Angela Fry man the Walled Garden stand at Platinum Award event.

On Thursday 10th December ABUHB hosted the Welsh Government assessors at the Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport and were delighted to be able to include the Walled Garden Project as one of its showcase projects for the assessment day. This project is a great example of how community engagement can provide benefits for everyone involved. By making the garden available to the community and supporting the community to shape and run the garden for the benefit of the local community it has the potential to be so much more than just a garden managed within a hospital site.

The project team leading the Platinum application would like to thank everyone involved in the walled garden for their support in demonstrating the value of working together.

Call for Volunteers

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 DecemberIMG_20151106_150529_hdr and Tuesday 15th December (these are firm dates and replace the tentative long weekends previously published) Small oak tree - south gardenThere 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   grangegardenjans@yahoo.co.uk We look forward to seeing you!