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)

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

Water system upgrade

September 8th, 2016 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Water system upgrade)

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Watering the garden used to take an hour, now it can be done in 10 minutes! Our first water system upgrade this summer was a pumped delivery hose.

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This was great fun, but could only deliver 20 litres per minute to the plants. By moving around the tanks and hoses, we can now use gravity fed large diameter hoses that deliver up to 200 litres per minute – making watering an area very fast!

Solar powered water pump at the garden

October 27th, 2015 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Solar powered water pump at the garden)

We’ve recently invested in a solar panel to power a new water pump. The stream that runs near the bottom of the garden is our only source of water. We’re lucky to have it, but access to the stream has always been difficult. Hopefully this pump will help us make the most of the stream.

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The panel is ground mounted facing South at approximately 50 degrees. A dedicated solar controller is used to store energy from the panel in a battery. The controller protects the battery from overcharging and over-use.

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Timing circuitry allows automatic operation of the water pump. The pump can only operate for 14 minutes before requiring a 1 min idle period. The circuitry also provides this control.

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The pump is of the sort used as a water lift pump in a caravan. They cost between £15 and £25, and vary by pressure, flow, and by impeller type (metal/plastic). Our 1.1bar, 20l/min pump cost about £20 and has a plastic impeller. It is surrounded by large rocks which prevent it being knocked by debris floating down the stream.

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The 150 litre water tank is filled every day ready for use, this takes about 40 minutes to complete. The tank is located approximately 20 metres horizontally from the stream, and 6 metres vertically. A hose is attached and can be used to fill watering cans, or used directly with a nozzle.

Currently we abstract 150 litres per day. Natural Resources Wales rules say that we can abstract up to 20’000 litres per day.

Getting ready for the greenhouse!

January 31st, 2014 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Getting ready for the greenhouse!)
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2014 will be the year of the greenhouse! We’ve removed the old fruit cage, leaving enough space to give our greenhouse a prime position in the garden. We still need to level the ground slightly, but by March the greenhouse should be fully installed.

Open day and bee world launch -18th May 2013

May 26th, 2013 | Posted by llangollen garden in Events | Garden News - (Comments Off on Open day and bee world launch -18th May 2013)

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Garden Open Day & Bee World Launch – 18th May 2013

May 8th, 2013 | Posted by llangollen garden in Events | Garden News - (Comments Off on Garden Open Day & Bee World Launch – 18th May 2013)

Visit Llangollen community garden on Saturday 18th May and see the launch our Bee World area, find out more about the garden and enjoy a BBQ in the sunshine!

The day starts at 10am with a visit from Susan Elan Jones, who will be helping launch our new Bee World area. The BBQ will be serving food at around 1pm, with the day wrapping up around 5pm.

Wild Weekend

October 27th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Wild Weekend)

What a brilliant effort at the garden. See photos below or on Facebook.

 

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Garden Session 20th October 2012 – Photos!

October 20th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Garden Session 20th October 2012 – Photos!)

Great work this weekend! See photos below or on Facebook. We’ve got the Wild Weekend to look forward to now!

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Up come the roots!

September 29th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Up come the roots!)

Up came some of the largest tree roots on the garden this weekend – great effort!

Autumn at the garden

September 19th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Autumn at the garden)

It has been an exciting time at the garden… After a successful information evening, we have new volunteers, have cleared a large area and have added more detail to our garden plan.

Three community garden volunteers attended a two day permaculture course at the Garth Community Garden – they brought back many new ideas for the garden plan. The plan is really developing now, but it still needs input, especially from you experienced gardeners out there!

We have started removing tree stumps and roots from the site. This has been hard work for our volunteers, but nothing they cannot manage – we intend to remove those roots remaining over the next few weeks.

The site is teeming with wildlife, during the Keep Wales Tidy ‘Wild Weekend’ (27-28th October) we intend to build some enhanced habitat zones. We will use material found on the site, to create brash piles. Brash piles are great for wildlife and will help mark out some of the areas on site. If you like wildlife, or just want to help, this will be a great weekend to get involved!