Interpretation Boards at CACG

Two new Interpretation Boards were installed within the new extension at CACG, Craven Arms Community Garden, on Thursday 14th April.

The frame and the Interpretation Boards were developed by CACG volunteers and the timber and print costs were met from grant funds received from the Connexus Community Development Fund.

CACG Interpretation Board

We are grateful to Connexus for funding these Interpretation Boards which aim to inform visitors to the Onny Meadows about the origin and development of the Craven Arms Community Garden.

The Interpretation Boards feature the web address for the Community Garden and also a QR code that smartphone users can use to connect to this web site.

The images below show the detail of the two Interpretation Boards.

Interpretation Board 1 CACG
Interpretation Board 2 CACG

Secretary’s Update – April 2022

The new CACG Secretary is providing monthly updates to members and this post features the first of these updates.

The key points are:

  • all plots on the interior of original site are now taken
  • three new plots within the new extension are taken by new members
  • plans are underway for a Children’s Gardening Group plot within the new extension
  • two new trees have been planted to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee
  • wildflower seedlings have been planted out to create a summer flower meadow
  • the CACG Open Day will be on May 28th to coincide with the “Next Generation Sustainable Living Family Fare”

You can download a copy of the Secretary’s Update – April 2022 document below:

CACG Secretary Update April 2022 – Microsoft Word version

CACG Secretary Update April 2022 – PDF version

Sustainable Living Expo and CACG

On Saturday 28th May 2022 the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are holding a Next Generation Fair Sustainable Living Expo and the Craven Arms Community Garden will be open to the public in support of this event.

The event will have lots of children’s activities, dancers, music, dog show, food stalls and many displays and demonstrations about protecting Shropshire’s biodiversity.

The Sustainable Living Expo will be held on the Onny Meadows and the Community Garden will be open for visitors to walk through and enjoy our wonderful space.

Refreshments will be offered to visitors to the Community Garden in order to raise funds for the Community Garden.

CACG 2022 Tidy Weekend Dates

The CACG 2022 Tidy Weekend dates are as follows:

March 5th and 6th

April 2nd and 3rd

May 7th and 8th

June 4th and 5th

July 2nd and 3rd

August 6th and 7th

September 3rd and 4th

October 1st and 2nd

November 5th and 6th

Another date for your diary is Saturday 28th May when the Craven Arms Community Garden will be open to the public from 11:00 to 16:00 in support of the Onny Meadows celebration event held by Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

More information on this will be provided as it becomes available.


The CACG AGM 2022 will be held on Saturday 26th February 2022 starting at 2pm in the Methodist Hall, Craven Arms. The postcode for the Methodist Hall is SY7 9ND and will enable you to find it on a map.

Members are reminded that their Plot Fees are due and can be paid at the AGM.

The Plot Fees have been held at the same level as the previous year and as a guide:

  • small plots are £5 per annum
  • large plots are £10 per annum

Where plots have been joined to form double-plus plots then a higher fee does apply and the fee is the same as last year.

Open Day and Hay Meadow Festival

The Community Garden will have an “Open Day” in parallel with the forthcoming Hay Meadow Festival.

Logo for the Shropshire Hills Hay Meadow Festival 2021

On Saturday 24th July the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are hosting the Shropshire Hills Hay Festival and you can find more information about the Hay Festival 2021 here:

We plan to open the Community Garden to members of the public from 11:00 to 18:00.

In recent years the Community Garden has been closed to non-members following the introduction of stringent security measures. These were necessary because of ongoing vandalism and theft of produce.

So this “Open Day” is a rare opportunity to visit and enjoy the Community Garden and meet gardeners.

Tidy Weekends 2021

The list below shows the formal dates for CACG Tidy Weekends in 2021:

Saturday 8th Sunday 9th May

Saturday 5th Sunday 6th June

Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th July

Saturday 24th Sunday 25th July

Saturday 4th Sunday 5th September

Saturday 2nd Sunday 3rd October

Saturday 6th Sunday 7th November

Saturday 4th Sunday 5th December

All dates are subject to any applicable Covid restrictions.

Tidy Day Tasks

It is a condition of membership of the Craven Arms Community Garden that plotholders contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the communal areas.

Throughout the Covid Pandemic it has been necessary to carry out maintenance in an ad-hoc manner rather than the normal Tidy Days. We are very grateful to those members who have made contributions to the maintenance throughout the Pandemic.

The list below sets out the range of routine maintenance tasks that need to be carried out.

Routine Maintenance Job List

Hedge Cutting and Trimming

  • Inner Horse Shoes
  • Perimeter Hedges – both sides

The trimmings must be taken to the Discovery Centre bonfire area.

Pathways – Weeding

  • Old pathways
  • New pathways

Grass Cutting

  • All areas
  • Between plots

Compost Heaps

  • Turning
  • Tidying

The soil must be kept away from the shelter decking wood.

Soft Fruit Ground Areas

  • Weeding and tidying
  • Pruning – at the appropriate time of the year

Inclusive Raised Beds

  • Weeding
  • Strawberry plant maintenance

New Extension Triangle

  • Weeding the perimeter hedge
  • Grass cutting
  • Old hedge trimming

Please do what you are able to assist with the maintenance tasks.