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

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.

Farmers Markets and Volunteers

The Craven Arms Farmers Market takes place at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on the first Saturday of each month.

At the last two Farmers Markets the Community Garden have had a stall selling plants and produce and these have been very successful.

Liz Wynn and the Seedy Saturday Stall Saturday 6th June 2015

Liz Wynn and the Seedy Saturday Stall Saturday 6th June 2015

At the August market the range of produce sold from the Community Garden included:

  • blackcurrants
  • gooseberrys
  • kale
  • and redcurrants

Our Chair, Liz Wynn cannot be available for the September and October Farmers Markets due to family commitments. So we are seeking volunteers to help on the stall and at least one volunteer to take charge of the stall on one or both of the next two dates – which are:

  • Saturday 5th September
  • Saturday 3rd October

The role involving taking charge of the stall is quite simple and Liz will explain the coordination that’s required. If you can help on the stall on either or both of these dates – or if you would take charge of the stall on either or both dates – then please contact Liz as soon as possible.

There will be produce and plants available for sale and it would be a real shame to miss out on the opportunity to sell fresh, local produce to visitors to the farmers Market.

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.