Students try on new uniforms for Erlas Walled Garden, with new logo.

Volunteers, staff and students have chosen a new logo for Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, which was designed by Geoff’s daughter, Lucy. The logo will replace the familiar one we have used for the past 10 years. The picture shows Cathy, Dan and Gareth try on the polo shirts and fleeces for size, after the Art Class last Friday. As soon as everyone gets a polo shirt and fleece, we promise a group photo! The funding came from a Grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery Fund, awarded in May.

Scene from ‘Swan Lake’ recorded at the Walled Gardens.

On the sunny evening of Thursday 18th August, Sarah-Ann Bird and  2 actors came to film a short 30 minutes video of a scene from Swan Lake against the walls of the Garden. I was reliably told that even though the scene depicted a proposal from Prince Siegfried to Kschessinsky, the father of his beloved Mathilde, the parts could be played by females. I hope that the film, which will be shown in Weston Rhyn this Autumn, will be a success for Sarah-Ann and her colleagues.

Nick of ‘Just Seed’ donates all our seed requirements for 2017.

We were delighted to receive a large box of assorted flower and vegetable seeds, which Nick of JustSeed (www.justseed.com), delivered on Wednesday afternoon, after discussing our requirements with Libby. Emma, Anita, Cathy, Damon and Stephen can be seen here, with Nick, eagerly going through the seed packets and looking forward to sowing and planting them in the gardens next year. Nick said that he will bring the seed potatoes for us early next year. It is amazing to think that a years worth of produce can be harvested from one small box of seeds – as long as there is sunshine, water and loving care..

Afternoon visit by St Margaret’s Mother’s Union Branch

During the afternoon of Monday 8th August, we welcomed 15 visitors to the Walled Gardens, and Emma and Ann took the group on a brief tour around the gardens, discussing gardening, weeds and wild-life. The tour ended with a rest in our ’round-house’ in the West Garden, with home-made shortbread and teas and coffees on offer. The ladies (plus one ‘driver’, Malcolm), were all surprised about the extent of the gardens and land we work on, and confessed that they didn’t even know we were here, even though they live locally. They promised to let their friends know about us, and to return when our plum trees have fruited. The group bought courgettes, potatoes, mulberries, apples, runner beans and sweat pea flowers, and Emma was especially delighted to sell one of her home knitted cushions too.

Just to remind everyone, that we are cropping fresh fruit and vegetables every day, and they can be bought by calling by in the afternoons, before 3.30pm – Mondays through to Fridays. People are also welcome to walk around the gardens, and enjoy the surroundings too.

The picture shows the visitors having a rest on the croquet lawn, and debating whether to walk into the woodland area. (The offer of Maypole Dancing was declined on this occasion..!)