Coronavirus update

March 28th, 2020 | Posted by llangollen garden in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Coronavirus update)

Current Government advice is that allotments should remain open.

The Government recognises the importance of allotments for exercise, mental well-being and as a food source.

As such the garden is open, but only to pre-arranged indviduals or those visiting as a group from the same household. Visitors must be existing garden members (new member inductions are not available at the moment) and must use our WhatsApp group to pre-arrange their visit to avoid visiting at the same time as others. We are providing additional safety information for members planning to visit.

We are monitoring the situation, and will update this post should government advice change.

All sessions cancelled

March 21st, 2020 | Posted by llangollen garden in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on All sessions cancelled)

Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 all organised garden sessions are cancelled until further notice. Garden available for individual / same household visitors only. Please join our WhatsApp group to avoid visiting at the same time as anyone else. If you are at the garden and anyone else arrives, please follow government advice and keep apart by 2 metres. Always wash your hands after gardening.

Putting the beds to bed for Winter

October 23rd, 2019 | Posted by llangollen garden in Diary | Events | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Putting the beds to bed for Winter)
Shredded Comfrey is covered with Straw for the winter, while crops continue to grow.
The main growing season has come to an end, so this Saturday 26th October we’ll be covering the beds with shredded comfrey and straw and to keep them weed free and fertilized over the winter.

Come along and help out between 10.30am-12.30pm this Saturday 26th October. Tea break is usually around 11.30ish – All welcome 😉

This activity is weather dependent, but generally we’ll only cancel if we get persistent rain. Check Facebook for updates if you’re unsure.

Gardening Session every Saturday | Sesiwn arddio bob Dydd Sadwrn

June 13th, 2019 | Posted by llangollen garden in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Gardening Session every Saturday | Sesiwn arddio bob Dydd Sadwrn)

From June 2019 gardening sessions for new gardeners and existing gardeners will run every SATURDAY.

All sessions run 10.30am – 12.30pm, weather permitting. Heavy rain or extreme weather will mean sessions are postponed. In case of doubt, please check our Facebook page.

Note that existing gardeners are welcome to use the garden at any time during daylight hours.

March Gardening Sessions

February 27th, 2019 | Posted by llangollen garden in Diary - (Comments Off on March Gardening Sessions)

Weekend gardening sessions this March 2019;
Sunday 3rd.
Saturday 9th.
Sunday 17th.
Saturday 23rd.
Saturday 30th.


All sessions run 10.30am – 1pm, Weather permitting. All welcome!

Weekday sessions continue unaffected.

February Gardening Sessions

January 27th, 2019 | Posted by llangollen garden in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on February Gardening Sessions)

Weekend gardening sessions this February;
Sunday 3rd.
Saturday 9th.
Sunday 17th.
Saturday 23rd.
All sessions run 10.30am – 1pm, Weather permitting. All welcome!

Weekday sessions continue unaffected.

A look back at 2018

January 7th, 2019 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on A look back at 2018)

As 2019 starts with winter frosts it seems a good time to look back on 2018 at the Llangollen Community Garden, including a scorching hot Welsh summer!
The year started with more deep snow, followed by the wonderful news that the garden was safe and that we could continue to grow!  Spring 2018 saw a flurry of help from our youngest gardeners.  Our potato crop was entirely planted by children and we had one spring day when a whole group of under 5’s got busy planting out our first bed of new potatoes.

The under 5’s, but especially the under 2’s, used a string line and a spacing stick with considerable more care than many of our more grown up gardeners! The last crop for the season was put in by Llangollen Scouts.
The garden continues to welcome gardeners of all ages and planting is just one of the jobs our smallest gardeners enjoy.  Our sunflowers were also planted by kids. Our tallest this year was planted by Sunny, aged 4 and his Mum; their sunflower grew to a fantastic 8 feet tall.

    

Our first big event of the year was our Midsummer open Day in June.  We sold tea, homemade cakes and plants raised at the garden and showed off the plot to many first time visitors as well as returning supporters.  Our strawberry patch was at ‘peak strawberry’ and kept our younger visitors happy as did our Children’s Corner.  It was a scorching day, but this corner was shaded and cool with a mixture of water fun, dinosaurs and pretend fire building (without the flames!)

    

Once again our solar powered water pump proved invaluable and meant throughout the long hot summer we always had 3 water butts full of water pumped up from the stream. Thanks to our volunteer watering team, the warm weather meant we had a bumper harvest despite the arid conditions.  The photo below shows the results of one of our harvest evenings, just a small part of the fantastic harvest we enjoyed. We even had some spare courgettes to drop off at the Plas Newydd café to go into the veggie tortillas.

We are always delighted to welcome different groups to the garden. In April we welcomed the scouts. They proved an energetic workforce and enjoyed cutting down laurel, clearing the old collapsed dead hedge from the children’s area and helping with a litter pick along the road boundary.  They have since returned to the garden to practise their scouting skills in constructing and lighting small fires.  In November we also welcomed Year 6 from Ysgol Y Gwernant who came to cut and stack laurel with help from the Countryside Service Team at DCC. We look forward to welcoming many more groups in 2019.

Another highlight of 2018 was our second ever annual Apple Pressing Day in October. This was once again hugely popular and very well attended. Some families even arriving with 3 generations to enjoy the fun. Lots of juice was pressed by helpers of all ages and we also enjoyed some excellent hot spice apple juice together with homemade scones and apple cake. This event epitomises the garden; free outdoor fun for all the family that gets friends and strangers busy making juice from windfall apples that would often otherwise go to waste.

Our final good news of 2018 was our success in the Participatory Budgeting event in the Town Hall in the Autumn.  We secured some funds to finally complete the inside of our straw bale building with clay render. The clay will be completely child friendly and will enable us to involve children from the local schools to assist in this fun, messy, hands-on eco activity.

So we wish you all a very Happy New Year and thank you for all your support in 2018.  Remember you are always welcome to come along and visit the garden.  Sessions run every Saturday morning and would love to welcome you in 2019. So even if you live a busy life, (never enough thyme!) we hope you can make a little space to drop in and ‘live life on the veg’!

After the Christmas break we will be returning for our first session on Saturday 12 January from 10.30am. Further information and updates will continue to be on our Facebook page.

Best wishes,

Catherine
Lead Gardener

Developer withdraws proposal

January 30th, 2018 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Developer withdraws proposal)

Denbighshire County Council has confirmed that the developer has withdrawn their proposal for the community garden land. This means that there is no longer an immediate threat to the community garden. THANK YOU for your support that has helped save the garden.

Our disagreement over the land use and value of the community garden has always been with Denbighshire County Council. In order to safeguard the garden for the future we hope to work with Denbighshire County Council and Llangollen Town Council to find a long term solution. So there is still work to do. Working out a long term solution could take 12 months or more.

We appreciate and would like to thank you once again for your support over the past few months. Your support going forward will also be very much appreciated.

Please help us prevent the closure of Llangollen Community Garden

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Please help us prevent the closure of Llangollen Community Garden)

*** UPDATE ***

Denbighshire County Council has confirmed that the developer has withdrawn their proposal for the community garden land. This means that there is no longer an immediate threat to the community garden. THANK YOU for your support that has helped save the garden. Read more here

*** END UPDATE ***

On 11th January 2018 the Asset Management Group at Denbighshire County Council will decide whether to ‘gift’ the community garden land to a developer looking to build 4 or 5 detached houses on the garden site.

This will be in return for building work being carried out at Plas Newydd; the developer has suggested this could be building an extension on the café.

The Council has already agreed to this in principle, at a private meeting.  However, at the next meeting on 11th January the Asset Management Group will decide whether to ratify their decision and proceed, or whether to stop and save the community garden.

We need your help to save the community garden! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION

UPDATE 11/01/2018: Thank you to everyone who has signed our petition or written to our councillors. The council were due to make a decision today on the developer’s proposal. However your support has helped us delay the final decision on the garden to March 8th. If you haven’t already signed the petition please click here to do so now.

If you have already written to your councillors then rest assured your input has had a huge impact on decision makers at Denbighshire County Council. If you haven’t already sent an email, please use our guide here to send an email to our county councillors. It’s easy to do, and really makes a BIG DIFFERENCE.

Recent news

November 28th, 2017 | Posted by llangollen garden in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Recent news)

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