The Committee of Craven Arms Community Garden have been awarded a grant of £950 from Celebrate National Lottery 25.
At short notice, we developed and submitted a grant application to secure funds towards the refurbishment of the existing frame in order to bring the polytunnel back into use.
The first National Lottery draw took place on the 19th November 1994, and so the National Lottery celebrates it’s 25th birthday in 2019. So far the National Lottery has helped more than 565,000 good causes.
To celebrate it’s 25th anniversary the #CelebrateNationalLottery25 grants scheme is offering grants totalling £2 million. The individual grants up to a maximum value of £1,000 are being offered to organisations with ideas that help bring the community together.
Grant for £950
Our successful grant application was for £950 and this was itemised as follows:
New polytunnel cover – sundries – tape, fittings £750
Treated wood partitions and shelving £100
Food and refreshments £75
Our plan is to refurbish the polytunnel and bring it back into use, and to celebrate this with an “Open Day” on the 27th May 2020 with a buffet lunch for CACG members and friends. The event will allow us to invite members of other organisations that have provided grants to the Community Garden, including:
Euro Quality Foundation
Craven Arms Town Council
When the polytunnel was first constructed in 2015 it was vandalised before it could be used. This grant provides the funds to refurbish the polytunnel for the benefit of members. It will allow the growing season to be extended to cover the period from February through to November.
CACG members will be able to use small plots within the polytunnel for an additional fee – and we will provide more information about this later in the year.
Call For Volunteers
Next year we will be calling for volunteers to help to carry out remedial work on the polytunnel frame and site in readiness for recovering the polytunnel.
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
The photograph below illustrates the rubbish that has accumulated in the shed area.
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
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
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.
At the Tidy Day on Saturday 6th June 2015 members volunteered to help with the maintenance of the communal areas of the Community Garden. The tasks typically include mowing the grass, strimming edges and weeding. Sometimes it can feel like there’s not much to show for the effort!
However, on other occasions there is a need to carry out repairs and the benefits of the hard work can be seen immediately. So now that the construction of the polytunnel is nearing completion, attention was turned to the path on the eastern side of the polytunnel which was in poor condition.
The photograph below shows the path after repairs were carried by Community Garden members – many thanks to everyone for such a great job which really improves the area.
The Polytunnel and Repaired Path
The Tidy Days are held on the first Saturday of the month to coincide with the regular Craven Arms Farmers Market events 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.
Yesterday members of the Craven Arms Community Garden draped the polythene cover over the framework of the new polytunnel – another major milestone in the polytunnel construction.
The photograph below shows the cover at the first stage of fixing. It appears quite loose at this stage and the next step is to finalise the position of the cover and then tension and fix with wooden battens.
Members are reminded that the first Saturday of each month from February through October or November is Craven Arms Community Garden Tidy Day and these coincide with the Farmers Market held at the Discovery Centre.
The June 2015 Tidy Day is therefore Saturday 6th June.
The original plan for the tasks included mowing the grassed areas and strimming the edges of the micro-allotment plots. Thanks to the work carried on Thursday 4th June by the West Mercia Community Payback team these tasks have been completed.
That will allow us to focus on:
weeding the edges of the communal pathways
weeding the communal raised beds
any general tidying up that is required
Unfortunately I am not able to attend the Tidy Day On Saturday and so I have contributed several hours this week to the communal maintenance need by turning the compost beds and closing off one bed to prevent further addition of any compostable materials. I’ve also placed laminated warning signs on the particular bed requesting that nothing further is added to the bed.
Please also note that some members of the Community Garden are manning a “Seedy Saturday” stall at the Farmers Market selling plants and produce and so it is even more important that additional members come along to help with the routine maintenance of the communal areas of the Community Garden.
We hope to see many, if not all, members on Saturday 6th June from 10:00 when your valuable contribution to the maintenance of the communal areas of the Community Garden will be greatly appreciated.
In conclusion, the Tidy Day is also an opportunity for members to meet and get to know each other and as a group of members we take a mid-morning break and enjoy some refreshment together provided by the Discovery Centre. There is plenty to see in the Community Garden at the moment in addition to the produce growing in many plots – for example the new polytunnel has been erected and is nearing completion.