Fencing NE Corner – Stage 7

Regular readers will know that we have a project under way at the moment to repair and replace fences at the North East corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden – as described in an earlier post.

The photograph below shows further progress with the fencing – the installation of barbed wire at the top of the new fence on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

A photograph of the barbed wire on the new fence at the north east corner of the Craven Arms Community GardenArms
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 7

The top of the fence features barbed wire and inside the fence there are Blackthorn and Hawthorn trees. When these have grown they will add to the deterrent and hopefully reduce theft and vandalism.

We have also added vertical extensions to the gate at the north east corner making this very difficult to climb over, as shown in the photograph below. In due course a combination lock will be provided so that plot-holders can gain secure access.

A photograph of the extension to the gate at the north east corner of the Craven Arms Community GardenArms
CACG North East Gate Extension

The gate will be unlocked whenever the Discovery Centre is open – so that visitors can walk through the Community Garden.

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

Tidy Sunday June 2019

The next Tidy Sunday is Sunday 2nd June 2019. Please note this date for your diary:

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Some members may prefer to attend on Saturday 1st June 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:

  • mowing grass
  • strimming grass and pathways
  • path clearance – in the North-West of the garden towards the gate
  • path clearance – in the North-East of the garden towards the gate
  • path clearance – around the central Hornbeam hedge

During the last Tidy Weekend in May, 2 plot-holders made an excellent start on clearing the pathways as described in this blog post. The photograph below shows the “before” and “after” of this pathway clearing.

A photograph that illustrates the before and after of pathway clearing at Craven Arms Community Garden.
CACG Paths Before and After Clearing

When the Community Garden was first constructed the paths were designed to be wheelchair-friendly. Over time grass and weeds have encroached on the edges of the paths and in some places the surface has deteriorated.

We are aiming to restore the pathways to their original condition and ensure that they are both 1.2 m wide and have a surface that is suitable for wheelchair users and the less able.

We are currently seeking grant funding to purchase the requisite surface dressing to restore the paths, but the first step is to remove the growth encroaching on the paths.

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 6

We have a project under way at the moment to repair and replace fences at the North East corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden – as described in an earlier post.

Several plot holders worked on this project during Saturday and Sunday of the recent Early May Bank Holiday weekend.

The photograph below shows progress with fencing and planting of new Blackthorn and Hawthorn hedges by the evening of Saturday 4th May 2019.

CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 6

We are also extending an existing gate as a way of enhancing security to combat vandalism and theft of produce, and the photograph below shows the work in progress with the existing gate at the north east corner of the Community Garden.

CACG Work in Progress on NE Gate

There is still some work to complete and if there any other plot-holders who are able to help with this important project we would be very glad to hear from you.

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

Path Clearance Saturday 4th May 2019

At the CACG AGM held in February 2019 it was agreed that the monthly Tidy Day be moved from Saturdays to Sundays.

Some plot-holders prefer to continue the Tidy Saturdays and that’s absolutely fine. It’s more important that plot-holders make a contribution to the ongoing maintenance than to adhere to any specific day.

One of the tasks that was needed was the clearance of pathways where they had become overgrown with grass and weeds. The long term aim is to restore the surface of the paths and ensure that both the surface and the width (1.2m) are suitable for wheelchair users.

CACG Newly Cleared Pathways

Two plot-holders did a superb job on Saturday with this path clearance and we are very grateful for the effort and success. The photograph above shows the results of this superb effort.

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 5

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

The photograph below shows the progress of the work achieved by the evening of Sunday 28th April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 5 Inside

The photograph above shows the new fence along with the new Blackthorn and Hawthorn hedging from inside the Community Garden.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 5 Outside

The photograph above shows the new fence viewed from outside the Community Garden and highlights the chicken wire and stones which should prevent rabbits from entering through this new fencing.

There is still some work to complete and if there any other plot-holders who are able to help with this important project we would be very glad to hear from you.

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

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 4

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

The photograph below shows the progress of the work achieved by the evening of Sunday 21st April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 4

At the moment most of this work has been carried out by just 3 plot-holders. If there any other plot-holders who are able to help with this important project 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 3

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

The aim of this project work is to 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 Saturday 20th April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 3

This area is now ready for the planting of new hedges of Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

This work is ongoing and if there any plot-holders who are able to help with this important project 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 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.

Thanks to Euro Quality Foundation

The Committee of CACG have approached Euro Quality Foundation, the charitable arm of Euro Quality Lambs Ltd. who are based in Craven Arms, for a grant towards improvements to the Craven Arms Community Garden.

We have received a grant of £300 from Euro Quality Foundation to whom we are extremely grateful. This grant enables us to start repairing and improving fences to enhance the security of the Community Gardens.

As you can see within the photograph below, some of the fences are in poor condition and require remedial works. At the same time we plan to increase the height of the fences and plant new hedges in order 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

In recent years the Community Gardens have suffered from vandalism and theft of produce and so we are embarking on a plan of works to improve security through fence repairs and new hedging.

In a separate blog post I’ve outlined the start of these works within the next Tidy Sunday on April 7th 2019. There will also be additional works carried our by plot-holders and if anyone is able to assist your help would be very much appreciated.