It is a condition of membership of the Craven Arms Community Garden that plotholders contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the communal areas.
Throughout the Covid Pandemic it has been necessary to carry out maintenance in an ad-hoc manner rather than the normal Tidy Days. We are very grateful to those members who have made contributions to the maintenance throughout the Pandemic.
The list below sets out the range of routine maintenance tasks that need to be carried out.
Routine Maintenance Job List
Hedge Cutting and Trimming
Inner Horse Shoes
Perimeter Hedges – both sides
The trimmings must be taken to the Discovery Centre bonfire area.
Pathways – Weeding
The soil must be kept away from the shelter decking wood.
Soft Fruit Ground Areas
Weeding and tidying
Pruning – at the appropriate time of the year
Inclusive Raised Beds
Strawberry plant maintenance
New Extension Triangle
Weeding the perimeter hedge
Old hedge trimming
Please do what you are able to assist with the maintenance tasks.
Over recent years we have improved the security of the Community Gardens through improvements to fencing and extensions to the gates. The access gates are now routinely padlocked and secured with a key code known only to plotholders.
Unfortunately there have been some security breaches by plotholders where the shed and gates have been left open.
I must stress that it is important that the following security measures are adhered to:
gates must be secured at all times with the padlocks
the shed has a padlock which must secured before leaving the Community Garden
please remember to always reset the security code on the padlocks to four zeroes
This last point is vital so that no-one other than plotholders can learn the key-code.
If you need to be provided with the secure key code please let me know.
The Committee of Craven Arms Community Garden have been awarded a grant of £950 from Celebrate National Lottery 25.
At short notice, we developed and submitted a grant application to secure funds towards the refurbishment of the existing frame in order to bring the polytunnel back into use.
The first National Lottery draw took place on the 19th November 1994, and so the National Lottery celebrates it’s 25th birthday in 2019. So far the National Lottery has helped more than 565,000 good causes.
To celebrate it’s 25th anniversary the #CelebrateNationalLottery25 grants scheme is offering grants totalling £2 million. The individual grants up to a maximum value of £1,000 are being offered to organisations with ideas that help bring the community together.
Grant for £950
Our successful grant application was for £950 and this was itemised as follows:
New polytunnel cover – sundries – tape, fittings £750
Treated wood partitions and shelving £100
Food and refreshments £75
Our plan is to refurbish the polytunnel and bring it back into use, and to celebrate this with an “Open Day” on the 27th May 2020 with a buffet lunch for CACG members and friends. The event will allow us to invite members of other organisations that have provided grants to the Community Garden, including:
Euro Quality Foundation
Craven Arms Town Council
When the polytunnel was first constructed in 2015 it was vandalised before it could be used. This grant provides the funds to refurbish the polytunnel for the benefit of members. It will allow the growing season to be extended to cover the period from February through to November.
CACG members will be able to use small plots within the polytunnel for an additional fee – and we will provide more information about this later in the year.
Call For Volunteers
Next year we will be calling for volunteers to help to carry out remedial work on the polytunnel frame and site in readiness for recovering the polytunnel.
The next Tidy Sunday is Sunday 6th October 2019. Please note this date for your diary:
Sunday 6th October 2019
Some members may prefer to attend on Saturday 5th October and I will attend on both Saturday and Sunday.
These are the areas and tasks that we plan to focus on:
strimming grass and pathways
removing weeds and overgrowth from pathways
removing weeds from the new planter
At the last Tidy Weekend in September we had a poor attendance:
3 plot-holders attended on the Saturday
3 plot-holders attended on the Sunday
One plot-holder was unable to attend because of a medical issue.
It is vital that plot-holders attend Tidy Days and make their contribution to the necessary maintenance of the Community Gardens.
The photograph below shows weeds in the new planter we have built – and this requires weeding.
As part of the restoration of the Community Gardens we are removing overgrowth and weeds from pathways before we re-surface them. The photograph below shows the pathway at the North West of the Community Gardens and illustrates the work required.
We also need to start preparations for a new extension to the Craven Arms Community Garden. This extension will be on the south-side of the Community Gardens. The first step will be clear overgrowth to the perimeter of the boundary pathway as shown in the photograph below.
Please make every effort to attend and contribute to the Tidy Days and the maintenance of the Community Gardens – and please note that this is an obligation and requirement as described in the Constitution of Craven Arms Community Garden.