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The undergrowth was cleared by a group of probation workers and over the last year the ground work was prepared. At the end of April the real work began and the garden has started to take shape. The flag stones were laid creating a path and seating area.
We have planted thirty-two different flowers and shrubs, all carefully selected to encourage bees, butterflies and birds.We have had to make the site as easy to maintain as possible, whilst still incorporating a haven for wildlife. I feel like we have achieved this.
The site is disabled-friendly and we have a seat to allow visitors and locals to sit and enjoy this beautiful area.We have fenced the area between the allotment and the garden, and the garden and the towpath. Many thanks to The Naturesave Trust for the grant.
Chirk Bank Community group was formed 4 years ago by local residents with the aim of creating a focus on the community. With the community becoming more involved we set out to raise funds for local projects and to bring the community closer together. This plot of land was last used over 15 years ago and had overgrown and forgotten about until a resident of Chirk Bank saw its potential as allotments and a community garden with a main focus on disabled friendly access. One of our long term goals is to further the idea by introducing raised flower/plant beds and raised allotments for disabled users.
This picture shows the community garden just after the allotment section had been cleared by probation workers and allotments marked out.
Now people who visit the canal can see a pretty garden and not an untidy piece of scrubland. We intend to site planters in which we will grow various herbs and soft fruit. An old canal porta-loo and bucket room on the site is being transformed into a storage shed and a local artist has promised to create a mural based on the history of the canal to spruce up the outside of it. Locals will hopefully come together to paint it.
We as a community are very proud of our World Heritage Status. We would like to thank Nature Save for supporting our efforts and we hope to have a grand opening of the garden in late Summer of 2013.