It was a cool and grey morning on Saturday (May 9th) but that did not stop Tarvin's gardeners coming out in force for the Annual Plant Sale, held to support the Tarvin Community Woodland Trust. At the end of a very busy selling session over £1,500 had been taken to give a clear profit of more than £1,000.
Many of the people who use the Woodland walks may not be aware of the costs involved in maintaining this wonderful village asset. Though the workers are all volunteers, it costs money for equipment, petrol, new fencing/plants and for insurance. The grant from the Parish Council covers a good bit of this, but all the rest has to come from local fund-raising, and once again the village responded with enthusiasm.
Of course the plants don't appear by magic but are the result of a great deal of hard work by enthusiasts who buy small plant plugs and nurture then through the spring months. Heather Exell and Jacqui Bradley are the leading 'green fingered members' in this group. Plant are also donated by gardeners whose ability to grow great plants outstrips the size of their gardens!
As well as the plants, the morning also provided a chance for residents to enjoy a drink and a snack inside the Methodist Church. A special feature of the morning were the excellent bacon butties once again provided by John Davies & John Lewis Proceeds for the Chapel were over £300, with both organisations benefiting greatly from the joint event. "A great example of synergy, where the result is more than either could achieve separately" said Charles Bradley, Secretary of the Tarvin Community Woodland Trust – and Chapel member!
Tarvin is so lucky to have the Woodland and to enjoy the results of all the hard work and enthusiasm of the volunteers. Holding the plant sale and the coffee morning in tandem in this way allows the village to show its appreciation in a most generous fashion.
For more information go to the regularly updated website:- www.tarvincommunitywoodland.org