GFAA’s joint project with RGU and the City Council took a big step forward this week with work commencing on phase 1 of the raised beds to give access for gardeners with disabilities.
First, a six-foot deep soak-away was created to relieve the occasional water-logging that occurs at this end of our site.
Next, the first part of a field drain was added, draining into the sump. In future works this drain will be extended to run the length of the south boundary of the raised beds area.
Finally, the areas of hard-standing were laid and the bases of the raised beds put in place. In the completed scheme the hard-standing will help wheelchair access from the nearby car parking area and the narrow planting beds will allow easier access to the plants.
This work is phase one of four, with three more sets of beds to be added in the future. It is wonderful to see this work underway as a return on the hard work done by GFAA, RGU and the City Council to plan and find funding for the development.