The next Tidy Sunday is Sunday 4th August 2019. Please note this date for your diary:
Sunday 4th August 2019
Some members may prefer to attend on Saturday 3rd August and myself and your Chairperson, John Wood, 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 planted beds
During the last Tidy Weekend in July, 2 plot-holders continued to clear weeds from the overgrown pathways. The photograph below shows the results of this weed clearing.
More recently we have started to re-surface the pathways and this is shown in the photograph below:
We have a number of projects under way at the moment aimed at restoring the Community Gardens to their former glory. We are able to carry out this re-surfacing project because we have received a grant from Craven Arms Town Council – to whom we are extremely grateful.
We have several more projects under way to improve the security and appearance of the Community Gardens. If any plot-holder are able to help us with these projects then please contact myself, Sean Scannell, Secretary, or John Wood, Chairperson.
Here at Craven Arms Community Garden we have been busy on a number of projects aimed at restoring the gardens to their former glory. This post describes work to construct a new planter.
Regular readers will know that we have recently received a grant from Craven Arms Town Council. We are using the grant funds to repair and enhance some of the features of Craven Arms Community Garden, including:
restoring pathways to their original condition
replacing rotten planters
Two Committee members have constructed a new planter based on a design developed by your Chairman John Wood.
The original planters are showing their age and in some case are completely rotten, as shown in the photograph below:
As we took this original planter apart it became evident that the wood was rotten throughout and none could be salvaged.
The photograph below shows the new planter we have constructed:
This new planter is constructed from treated timber and we’ve used a plastic lining which should give us a longer life than the original planters. We’ve also taken the opportunity to ensure inclusivity and this planter is wheelchair-friendly.
We are extremely grateful to Craven Arms Town Council for providing us with a grant of £800 which allows us to improve the Community Garden and help preserve this facility for current and future plotholders, their families and visitors.
The grant was sought under the banner of a “CACG Regeneration” project that aims to restore the Community Garden to it’s former glory.
In recent years the Community Garden has started to show signs of it’s age – with the fences, paths, planters and raised beds all showing some disrepair.
As a Committee we have also had to deal with other challenges including vandalism and theft of produce and tools.
The overall aim of the “CACG Regeneration” project is to improve the Community Garden for both members and the wider community, and specific aims are:
to combat theft and vandalism through new fences and improved security
some remedial works – new planters and repairing raised beds
to support inclusivity
development of a new extension with additional plots
restoring the Community Garden to it’s former glory
ensuring the future of CACG for Craven Arms
CACG and Community Benefits
In addition to the benefits for CACG members, this “CACG Regeneration” will provide benefits to the wider community by:
encouraging wider community links and engagement
offering a more inclusive experience
helping to establish the link between growing food and eating food
promoting gardening as an antidote to stress
encouraging gardening as healthy exercise and good for personal wellbeing
The Community Garden is already a communal, cross-generational meeting space and through our CACG Regeneration project we hope to make the Community Garden more attractive to more new members from the local community.
Thanks to Connexus
We are very grateful to the Connexus Community Development Fund for this grant which will allow us to protect, enhance and develop the Community Garden for for the benefit of Craven Arms.
Call For Volunteers
There are many small projects within the overall CACG Regeneration and we are always looking for additional help and support from members with these projects. If you are able to help please get in touch with a Committee member.
The logo image used at the start of this blog post belongs to Connexus whose copyright is acknowledged.