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.
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.
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.