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.

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.

Tidy Sunday May 2019

The next Tidy Sunday is Sunday 5th May 2019. Please note this date for your diary:

Sunday 7th May 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

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

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.

The image below is taken from Google Maps satellite view and shows how the paths have lost definition.

An aerial view of the Craven Arms Community Garden
An aerial view of the Craven Arms Community Garden

We are currently seeking some grant funding to allow us to carry out remedial work to the Community Gardens including restoring the pathways to their former glory.

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.

Tidy Saturdays Are Now Tidy Sundays

The topic of Tidy Saturdays was discussed at the CACG (Craven Arms Community Garden) AGM held on Saturday 2nd February 2019. In order to maintain maximum flexibility for plotholders in attending these monthly communal area maintenance days, it was agreed to change from the first Saturday of the month to the first Sunday of the month.

Hence Tidy Saturdays Are Now Tidy Sundays.

The planned Tidy Sundays dates for 2019 are shown below:

  • Sunday 3rd March 2019
  • Sunday 7th April 2019
  • Sunday 5th May (Bank Holiday weekend) 2019
  • Sunday 2nd June 2019
  • Sunday 7th July 2019
  • Sunday 4th August 2019
  • Sunday 1st September 2019
  • Sunday 6th October 2019
  • Sunday 3rd November 2019
  • Sunday 1st December 2019

This change to Sunday morning also means that with the kind support of Grant Wilson, Centre Manager, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, we can link up with Discovery Centre volunteers when larger tasks need to be tackled.

Tidy Day – September 2015

The September Tidy Day is Saturday 5th September when once again we hope to see members of the Community Garden attend and help to maintain the communal areas.

We are still experiencing warm and wet weather and the weeds are strong.

Our main focus on the 5th September will be the following areas and tasks:

  • turning the compost
  • further weeding of the main flower bed area
  • dividing plants from the main flower bed into pots or planting in spare beds
  • de-clutter and remove the rubbish close to the shed area
  • weed and dig over vacant plots in readiness for next year
  • hedge-trimming

The photograph below illustrates the rubbish that has accumulated in the shed area.

Community Garden Rubbish August 2015

Community Garden Rubbish August 2015

The photograph below illustrates the compost area and the weeds that have grown up in front.

Community Garden Compost Bins August 2015

Community Garden Compost Bins August 2015

If the weather is against us and it rains then there is polytunnel work to be completed including:

  • weeding and digging over the ground inside the polytunnel
  • complete the relocation of the path inside the polytunnel
  • carefully remove hedge trimmings from behind polytunnel

The photograph below illustrates the path inside the polytunnel. Work is under way to relocate the pathway and this requires to be completed.

Polytunnel Pathway 16th August 2015

Polytunnel Pathway 16th August 2015

We are still in the holiday season and so some regulars who rarely miss a Tidy Day are enjoying a well-earned break. Also, other regulars will be working on our stall at the Craven Arms Farmers Market.

This makes it essential that many more members step up and make a contribution to the essential communal maintenance of the Community Garden.

As well as contributing to the Community Garden you will have the chance to meet fellow members and we enjoy a mid-morning break with tea and coffee generously provided by the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The Tidy Days are held on the first Saturday of the month to coincide with the regular Craven Arms Farmers Market event and members are reminded that they are obliged under the terms of the Ground Rules for Plot Holders to contribute time and effort to these monthly Tidy Days.

Tidy Day – August 2015

The August Tidy Day is Saturday 1st August 2015 when we hope to see more members than usual in the Community Garden to help with the maintenance of the communal areas.

The recent warm and wet weather means that the weeds are attempting to take over – and succeeding in some areas!
Our main focus on the 1st August will be two areas:

  • the removal of weeds from the planted area on the north-western side of the Community Garden
  • the removal of weeds from the compost area

The extent of the weed problem in the compost area can be seen in the photograph below:

Weeds in the Compost Area

Weeds in the Compost Area

Some of the regulars who rarely miss a Tidy Day are working on our Seedy Saturday stall at the Craven Arms Farmers Market which makes it essential that many more members step up and make a contribution to the essential communal maintenance of the Community Garden.

As well as contributing to the Community Garden you will have the chance to meet fellow members and we enjoy a mid-morning break with tea and coffee generously provided by the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The Tidy Days are held on the first Saturday of the month to coincide with the regular Craven Arms Farmers Market event and members are reminded that they are obliged under the terms of the Ground Rules for Plot Holders to contribute time and effort to these monthly Tidy Days.

Tidy Day – July 2015

The July Tidy Day is Saturday 4th July 2015 when we hope to see many members in the Community Garden to help with maintenance of the communal areas. Everything is now growing fast in the garden – including the weeds! Our focus this Saturday will be on clearing the weeds from the main border area on the North Western side of the garden, and the photograph below shows the extent of the weed development including some major clumps of grass.

Weeds in the Craven Arms Community Garden

Weeds in the Craven Arms Community Garden

Some of the regulars who rarely miss a Tidy Day are unavailable for this Saturday and so it is especially important that all other members who can help do come along and make a contribution. As well as the maintenance contribution there is also the opportunity to meet fellow members of the Community Garden.

The Tidy Days are held on the first Saturday of the month to coincide with the regular Craven Arms Farmers Market event and members are reminded that they are obliged under the terms of the Ground Rules for Plot Holders to contribute time and effort to these monthly Tidy Days.

Tidy Day – 6th June 2015

At the Tidy Day on Saturday 6th June 2015 members volunteered to help with the maintenance of the communal areas of the Community Garden. The tasks typically include mowing the grass, strimming edges and weeding. Sometimes it can feel like there’s not much to show for the effort!

However, on other occasions there is a need to carry out repairs and the benefits of the hard work can be seen immediately. So now that the construction of the polytunnel is nearing completion, attention was turned to the path on the eastern side of the polytunnel which was in poor condition.

The photograph below shows the path after repairs were carried by Community Garden members – many thanks to everyone for such a great job which really improves the area.

The Polytunnel and Repaired Path

The Polytunnel and Repaired Path

The Tidy Days are held on the first Saturday of the month to coincide with the regular Craven Arms Farmers Market events and members are reminded that they are obliged under the terms of the Ground Rules for Plot Holders to contribute time and effort to these monthly Tidy Days.

Tidy Day – June 2015

Members are reminded that the first Saturday of each month from February through October or November is Craven Arms Community Garden Tidy Day and these coincide with the Farmers Market held at the Discovery Centre.

The June 2015 Tidy Day is therefore Saturday 6th June.

The original plan for the tasks included mowing the grassed areas and strimming the edges of the micro-allotment plots. Thanks to the work carried on Thursday 4th June by the West Mercia Community Payback team these tasks have been completed.

That will allow us to focus on:

  • weeding the edges of the communal pathways
  • weeding the communal raised beds
  • any general tidying up that is required

Unfortunately I am not able to attend the Tidy Day On Saturday and so I have contributed several hours this week to the communal maintenance need by turning the compost beds and closing off one bed to prevent further addition of any compostable materials. I’ve also placed laminated warning signs on the particular bed requesting that nothing further is added to the bed.

Please also note that some members of the Community Garden are manning a “Seedy Saturday” stall at the Farmers Market selling plants and produce and so it is even more important that additional members come along to help with the routine maintenance of the communal areas of the Community Garden.

We hope to see many, if not all, members on Saturday 6th June from 10:00 when your valuable contribution to the maintenance of the communal areas of the Community Garden will be greatly appreciated.

In conclusion, the Tidy Day is also an opportunity for members to meet and get to know each other and as a group of members we take a mid-morning break and enjoy some refreshment together provided by the Discovery Centre. There is plenty to see in the Community Garden at the moment in addition to the produce growing in many plots – for example the new polytunnel has been erected and is nearing completion.