This year we will be teaming up with the hard working children of Hay Primary School to help transform some areas within their school grounds. Projects will involve the children re-designing garden plots at the school. The designs will be voted for by our customers, the winning design will then be created by the children with help from us here at the garden centre with support from many of our most relied upon suppliers.
Through projects like this we hope to educate and inspire the imaginations of the children we work with. Encouraging children to appreciate the environment and wildlife that surrounds us is key in developing a sustainable future for the next generation.
Please continue further down this page to see what fun we have been having with some of our local schools
Natural nesting sites are in decline due to new construction and changing landscapes. As a business we are trying to reduce our imapct on such habitats by installing a number of bat and bird nesting boxes in various suitable locations around the garden centre hoping that birds may nest here at the garden centre.
All planting schemes around the garden centre have been planned in order to provide maximum benefit to our wildlife. Berries for the birds and pollen for the bees and the best thing is that we get to watch it all happen on our doorstep.
Hedgerows are gradually disappearing from the landscape of Wales. Native species hedgerows are on of our richest habitats, a joy to look at and home to hundreds of wildlife species. We are hoping to help 'Keep Wales Tidy' in line with their community hedgerow project by volunteering to maintain and improve hedgerows here at the garden centre. We have nominated the hedgerow along the main road (A438) and will be completing the following tasks to maintain our hedge:
Keep the hedgerow free of litter
Record a diary of the hedge throughout the year making notes on cutting etc
Carry out wildlife surveys during the different seasons
Plant and care for any newly planted sections, filling in gaps when required
A large group of children at Llyswen Primary school helped us to get their vegetable garden off to a great start. After an hour or so weeding the vegetable beds we could get to work planting a variety of vegetable plants and seeds as well as building support frames for plants such as peas and runner beans ready to support them later on. The kids enjoyed it, we absolutely cooked as it was one of the hottest summer days but enjoyable all the same. We look forward to going back in a few weeks, we just hope the children keep up with the watering.
Archdeacon Griffiths Restaurant Visit
The children from Llyswen shool came for a look around our new restaurant. They had a great time looking around the kitchen and restaurant. We showed them how customers orders are taken, food is cooked and served. They had great fun laying tables and even decorated their own cup cakes and as you can see from the photo below, they were yummy!!
The children and teachers from Builth Primary School came along to have a look around the centre and to learn about growing your own vegetable plants. Each of the children had a go at planting their own runner bean plant which they were given to take home and nurture. We also donated £50 worth of plants to the school to plant in and around the school grounds to brighten the school up.
The children at Hay primary school entered a competition to design a garden for their school, the customers here at the garden centre voted for the best design which we then helped the school bring to life. Some of the strongest staff we could find took top soil, horse manure and a load of tools and got to work transforming the particular area of the school grounds. We will be actively working with the schools gardening club on a regular basis to help them throughout the coming season. Well done to all the children at Hay Primary School for their great garden designs, we look forward to working with you!!!
The children from Priory school in Brecon have worked very hard along with parents to create a stunning garden. The school have visited us here at the garden centre for a talk and look round, we also gave them some plants for their new garden. Jayne has been to the school and has walked around the garden giving help and advice where she can. We are looking forward to working with the children and teachers from Priory school as the season progresses.