The easing of lockdown this month has meant that we have been able to resume our project work at Brecon Cathedral, albeit with some changes in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained and our group numbers are kept to a minimum. We have however been able to welcome new members to the project this month which has been fantastic and we are currently offering up to 1 1/2 hour gardening slots for our member gardeners to join us, which so far seems to be working well. We have also resumed our Mindfulness walking sessions by offering 1 hour 1-1 walks in Priory Groves for those that would like to walk & talk or learn new techniques to help with managing stress or anxiety, particularly during this transition time as we re-emerge from lockdown.
Our plans for the garden are gently evolving and we want to say a big thank you to our members for all of your input so far, it is great having you!. There's been some hard graft as we've tackled bindweed and brambles, unearthing interesting archeological artifacts (we seem to think!) as we go. There is a way to go yet, but as we work to reshape the area of garden behind the Diocesan offices it feels great to be out exercising and working up a bit of a sweat again!. Currently we are working to create a few seating areas within the space to provide opportunities for locals and passers by to stop and pause within the peaceful and tucked away setting of the garden.
We are currently fundraising for new shrubs, plants and bulbs with particular benefit for our local bee, butterfly and insect population, and our focus is on encouraging more biodiversity into the garden as we begin to plan and implement the planting phase. We are working on a plant 'wish' list and there will be opportunities for anyone who would like to donate plants to the project. Please get in touch through the website to find out more.
We also want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Brecon Cathedral for supporting our ecotherapy project and for welcoming our small green fingered team back into the grounds, it's great to be collaborating together :-)
Take a look at our progress so far in the slideshow below, and do watch this space as we develop this garden area :-)