We are thilled to have secured funding  from the Community Fund for a three year project, Growing Together/ Tyfu Gyda’n Gilydd.

The project enables us to continue running therapeutic drop in sessions – two per week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from April onwards. We will also host year round free workshops such as green woodworking, wildlife activities, and ‘wild weaving’, as well as open community events, including Seedling Saturday, National Meadows Day, and a Tree Planting Day. We will also continue to improve the gardens for the enjoyment of all, by improving paths and installing more seating.

Seedling Saturday
The first open community event of the new project, Seedling Saturday, will be on 13th April at the gardens, from 10am to 3pm. Do come along with your spare seedlings and seeds to swap, or just for some tea and cake. There will be a plastic free pot making stall, wildflower seed bombs, a talk on developing fruit varieties, and live, low key music. We hope you will be able to join us.

Job vacancy
As a part of the ‘Growing Together’ project, we have a job vacancy, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. For more information contact eleanor.larmour@gmail.com. Please share with anyone you think might be interested.

10th birthday celebrations
Our 10th birthday celebrations on 23rd February were well attended; it was lovely to meet so many people who support and have an interest in Gerddi. We were lucky to have an excellent talk by Alys Fowler, our patron, and hope to have a similar event in the future.  The mayor came to the event and presented us with a cheque from the Mayor’s fund.  The benefit disco/live music event at Corris Institute was also a most enjoyable event.

Willow Playdome
On Tuesday we made a new willow play dome at the edge of the wildflower meadow in the gardens. Steve Pickup of the Willow Bank kindly donated his time, expertise and materials for this. It is a beautiful structure which we are sure will be popular with our younger, and many older, visitors.

Steve Pickup (right) with two volunteers who helped construct the willow dome.

Community Orchard Tree Planting
In March we planted some maiden apples and a pear which will be trained into espaliers accessible by our wheelchair users. We will be planting the majority of our fruit and nut trees and edible native hedge in the autumn as the high school building project is on hold (long story!), so we need to wait for the boundary fence going up along the north side. The young trees and hedging plants are in big pots and will be kept watered off-site until they are ready to go in. We aim to have a tree planting event in October half term and hope to have lots of local people along to help and celebrate the new plantings.