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.

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.

A Wishlist

December 20th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A Wishlist)

It’s a bit too close to Christmas for a Christmas wish list. But if you find you have any of these things spare in the new year, please get in touch!

# Wheelbarrow
# Seeds
# Tools
# Gloves
# Wood chippings / bark
# Water butts
# Greenhouses (hopeful, we know!)
# Shed / Tool store box
# Expert knowledge / Desire to have fun gardening!

Things are going well at the garden, and the new year promises to be even more exciting. Why not join us?!

 

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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Wild Weekend :: Come along and get involved!

September 29th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Events - (Comments Off on Wild Weekend :: Come along and get involved!)

On October 27th we will be taking part in the Keep Wales Tidy ‘Wild Weekend’ – We will be building 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!

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!

Llangollen Community Garden – Join in!

September 17th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Llangollen Community Garden – Join in!)

Gardening sessions run every weekend, and on selected evenings during the week. Get in touch if you are interested in in joining us – click here!

Llangollen Garden Introduction

September 16th, 2012 | Posted by llangollen garden in Garden News - (Comments Off on Llangollen Garden Introduction)

Llangollen community garden sits in a easily accessed location, close to Plas Newydd.

The garden has been set up with the aim of providing an opportunity for local people, groups and schools to grow their own food and engage with nature. It is also hope that as the very practical and positive project develops, links within the community will be strengthened. Produce from the garden will be shared out amongst those involved, and any surplus donated at the time.

The first few working sessions establishing access and beginning clearance, as well as making plans for the future. Planting will start next year, but currently the area is very overgrown and so there is still a large amount of clearing to take place.

Working sessions run every Saturday morning from 10.00 – 12.00. Sessions are also organised for evenings during the week. Access to the site is restricted to these working sessions.
We would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in getting involved with the garden. Perhaps you would like to help clear the site? Or perhaps you would be interested in helping to design or plant the garden?

If you would like to find out more or attend one of our sessions please get in touch via our contact page [Other contact and details included in offline version].