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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.