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We have Bagged £12,000 from Tesco!!


We are delighted to announce that we are to be awarded £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help fund.

Tesco estimated that 8 million shoppers voted in stores across the country to help the company allocate grants from their £11.5million carrier bag charge fund, with three shortlisted project in each area due to receive either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.  Voting ran in stores from 27 February until 6 March – with customers using a token system to choose which project they would like to get the top award.

Voting in store

Thanks to the support we received in the Tesco stores in Abertillery, Cwmbran, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool we came first in the vote and will receive the maximum award of £12,000.  This is absolutely fantastic news and we send our thanks to everyone who promoted our project and voted for us in Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen. Some supporters we know returned to their store many times during the voting week, occasionally claiming forgetfulness for the need to go back!

greenhouseThis is our first grant for the Walled Garden and we plan to use the £12,000 to provide a lovely horticultural therapy greenhouse for use by community and patient groups.  Now that the results have been announced the garden design team will work up detailed design plans for the greenhouse area and chose and build a suitable structure.  This picture is of one of several styles we are considering.

Huge thanks again to everyone who voted for us, and to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board for their continued support for the restoration of the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange.

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!


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.