Talk at Llangollen Garden Club; reminder of next Birdwatching meeting (and apologies!)

Emma and Ann gave a talk to the Llangollen Gardening Club on Tuesday 19th September. The group were very welcoming, and interested in the work we do here. Emma spoke about her gardening experiences, and presented the raffle prize to a delighted member of the group. It is hoped that the Llangollen Male Voice Choir will sing at our next Summer Fayre. Watch this space!

Our next session for ‘Twitchers of all ages’ is to be held next Monday 2nd October at the gardens, meeting at 9.30am. The bird feeders have been regularly topped up and many different birds are visiting now. A kingfisher was even observed last Monday morning, which is a first, as far as we know! Ann spoke to Dave Williams on Calon FM last Tuesday 19th September, between 9am and 10am to advertise this project, and can be listened to on catch up by visiting (105FM)

Finally, apologies must be made to those who do keep up with the news section of our web-site.The last post incorrectly stated that the giant pumpkin 2, weighing 160lb; and pumpkin 1, weighing 100lb; equated to 352kg and 220kg respectively (if only!) The weights should have been 91kg and 45.5 kg respectively!

Here is a picture of some smaller pumpkins, which we hope to sell on our ‘Pumpkin Open Day’ on Saturday 21st October between 11am and 1pm. More details to follow!

Roundhouse Refurbishment almost completed!

Ray and Carlton continue to work on re-furbishing the round-hose in the West Garden, thanks to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. Rob (and Deb), 2 new volunteers also help out. The timber cladding is almost completed, and all the windows have been installed. When completed, the building will be used by learners from the supported learning department at Coleg Cambria; by volunteers from Ty Dewr; and by local interest groups such as the U3A and gardening groups.

Pumpkin Update:

Nick measured pumpkin 2 this morning, and estimated that it now weighed a healthy 160lb (or 352kg in metric!). Pumpkin 1 is a bit smaller at 100lb (or 220kg), but Nick is delighted in the results so far. He anticipates the biggest pumpkin will be ready to carve by Halloween….

Hadrian’s Wall Challenge.

Sheila and Ann completed their 25 mile walk along Hadrian’s wall last weekend. Here you can see both ‘trekkers’ by Robin Hood’s sycamore tree. The weather was fairly kind and not too cold for camping! Looks like we are in for a few days of strong winds and showers, but our harvest so far looks tempting!

Enjoyable start to our Bird-watching project – ‘Twitchers of all ages’ + Pumpkin update!

Yesterday, Monday 4th September, saw the ‘start’ of our Bird Watching Project for people of all ages in our community – older members very welcome!

Alan, a new volunteer, has agreed to ‘lead’ the meetings at the walled garden every 4th Monday of each month, starting at 9.30am. We welcomed 3 new people, who had heard about the project from our web-site and by word of mouth. Our own beneficiaries joined the group too, which started with new bird feeders being added to the bird feeding stations; fallen apples being picked and chopped; and then waiting quietly in the bird hide to see how quickly the birds came to feed.

We were pleased to see blue, coal and great tits: nuthatches; dunnocks; sparrows; robins and pigeons and also heard a buzzard. 10 people could easily sit and watch within the hide too. Lots of suggestions were made, and we hope to clean up existing bird boxes, and erect another 6 by the winter to encourage nesting next year.

Our next session is on Monday 2nd October starting at 9.30am. Ann will also be advertising the project on Calon FM on Tuesday 17th September between 9am and 10am- please tune in on 105FM or go to

Here you see Nick, a Director and ‘supervisor’ of the 2 giant pumpkin’s growth. Nick is measuring pumpkin 2 in 4 different ways, and estimates this pumpkin weighs 120lb!

Pumpkin 1 is not quite as big, but still amazing to see.

Nick says that the cooler nights will be slowing their growth now – but he is pleased with things so far….Watch this space!