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.

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.

CACG Health and Safety

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.

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.

Tidy Sunday March 2019

The next Tidy Sunday is Sunday 3rd March 2019. Please note this date for your diary:

Sunday 3rd March 2019

These are the areas and tasks that we plan to focus on:

  • Cutting back the raspberry canes
  • Cutting the hearts out of the Gooseberry bushes
  • Clearing the ivy pile
  • Strimming grass and pathways

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Advance Notice of AGM 2020

Please note the following date for your 2020 diary. The Craven Arms Community Garden AGM (Annual General Meeting) is to be held on Saturday 1st February 2020 starting at 14:30 at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (SHDC). Free refreshments will be provided.

The 2020 AGM will provide the opportunity to review the past year and to make plans for 2021.

The AGM is also the ideal time pay any rents due on plots.

Advance Notice of AGM 2019

Please note the following date for your 2019 diary. The Craven Arms Community Garden AGM (Annual General Meeting) is to be held on Saturday 2nd February 2019 starting at 14:30 at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (SHDC). Free refreshments will be provided.

The AGM provides the opportunity to review the past year and make plans for 2019.

The AGM is also the ideal time pay any rents due on plots.

GDPR

25th May 2018

Craven Arms Community Garden (CACG) is a not-for-profit organisation that operates for the personal benefit of plotholders.

Even so, the GDPR does apply to CACG because some limited personal data of plotholders is used for administration.

I am not a Committee member but I will be working with the single Committee member to bring the operation into compliance with GDPR over the coming weeks.

Over the next week a Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy document will be provided on the Web site, and these will outline the information that we collect using cookies, and how we use very limited personal data within the administration of CACG.

This Web site does not collect any personal data from visitors.

Sean

25th May 2018