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.

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 5

Within earlier blog posts here, here, here, and here I wrote about the fencing work under way to repair and replace fences at the North East corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden.

The photograph below shows the progress of the work achieved by the evening of Sunday 28th April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 5 Inside

The photograph above shows the new fence along with the new Blackthorn and Hawthorn hedging from inside the Community Garden.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 5 Outside

The photograph above shows the new fence viewed from outside the Community Garden and highlights the chicken wire and stones which should prevent rabbits from entering through this new fencing.

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.

As always we are grateful to Euro Quality Foundation who kindly provided the funds to allow this project to be carried out.

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 4

Within earlier blog posts here, here, and here, I wrote about the fencing work under way to repair and replace fences at the North East corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden.

The photograph below shows the progress of the work achieved by the evening of Sunday 21st April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 4

At the moment most of this work has been carried out by just 3 plot-holders. 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 grateful to Euro Quality Foundation who kindly provided the funds to allow this project to be carried out.

Fencing NE Corner – Stage 3

Within earlier blog posts here and here, I wrote about the fencing work under way to repair and replace fences at the North East corner of the Craven Arms Community Garden.

The aim of this project work is to 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 Saturday 20th April 2019.

CACG New Fence Work NE Corner
CACG Ongoing New Fence Work NE Corner Stage 3

This area is now ready for the planting of new hedges of Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

This work is ongoing and if there any plot-holders who are able to help with this important project 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 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!