Fencing NE Corner – Stage 2

Within an earlier blog post I wrote about the fencing work under way to repair and replace fences at the North East corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden.

This work will improve the fences and also render the Community Garden more secure in order to reduce the risk of damage and thefts.

The photograph below shows the progress of the work achieved by the evening of Monday 8th April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner

If there any plot-holders who are able to help with this ongoing work we would be very glad to hear from you

We are grateful to Euro Quality Foundation who kindly provided the funds to allow this project to be carried out.

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 1

In an earlier post I wrote about the funds we have received from Euro Quality Foundation which we are using to repair and replace fences, gates and hedges at the Craven Arms Community Garden.

These improvements will enhance both the appearance of the Community Garden and also increase security to combat the thefts and damage suffered in recent years.

The photograph below shows the state of disrepair of the fences at the North East corner of the Community Garden.

The fences at the north east corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden March 2019
CACG Fences North East Corner

On the Tidy Sunday yesterday, 7th April 2019, three Plot-Holders of the Community Garden – John Wood, Kevin Roche and Sean Scannell – started work on this project.

The first stage saw the removal of the existing fence and fence posts and preparation of the ground for the installation of new, taller fence posts and new wire fencing.

The photograph below shows the north east corner of the Community Garden after the existing fence had been removed and the ground prepared for new fence posts and fencing

Ground Preparation for the New Fence
Ground Preparation for the New Fence

We are grateful to Euro Quality Foundation who kindly provided the funds to allow this project to be carried out.

Tidy Sunday April 2019

The next Tidy Sunday is Sunday 7th April 2019. Please note this date for your diary:

Sunday 7th April 2019

Some members may prefer to attend on Saturday 6th April and myself and your Chairperson, John Wood, will attend on both Saturday and Sunday

Our overall priority is to prepare for fence repairs at the North-East corner of the Community Garden. The work on Saturday will allow us to use Sunday for the preparations for fence repairs

These are the areas and tasks that we plan to focus on:

  • strimming grass and pathways
  • path clearance – especially in the North-West of the garden towards the gate
  • clearing beneath the fences on the North-East corner

We have received some funds from Euro Quality Foundation, the charitable arm of Euro Quality Lambs Ltd. who are based in Craven Arms.

These funds enable us to start repairing and improving fences to enhance the security of the Community Gardens.

The fences at the north east corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden March 2019
CACG Fences North East Corner

As you can see in the photograph above, these fences are in need of repair. We are taking the opportunity to increase the height of the fences and gates to provide security.

We are very grateful to the Euro Quality Foundation for providing the funds to carry out these works.

The first stage of this work is to clear all vegetation from beneath and beside the fences so that a working party can then install new posts and fencing before planting new hedging.

CACG Health and Safety

Over recent weeks your Chairperson, John Wood, and I (and with the kind support of Grant Wilson, Centre Manager of Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre), have been working on aspects of Heath and Safety legislation as it applies to the Craven Arms Community Garden.

We have carried out Risk Assessments and arising from those are decisions which affect all members of CACG.

The most significant decision is that to comply with the legislation all CACG Plot-Holders and Volunteer Gardeners who want to use mowers, hedge-trimmers and strimmers may only do so once they have received training in their use.

I recognise that some of you may feel this is “yet more Health and Safety gone mad” but the legislation requires that we all conduct ourselves in a safe manner and avoid risk to ourselves and others. In many cases the requirements are not onerous and build on common sense.

A further reason for bringing up Health and Safety standards at this time is that we are seeking some external grant funding to facilitate improvements to the Community Gardens, and funding bodies typically require evidence of a stringent adoption of Health and Safety.

In due course John and myself will provide you with more information about this topic. We will also be carrying out “Safety Briefings” at the start of Tidy Days.