2018 - A year in the Dye Garden


A busy year involving the usual elements of reviewing the previous year, planning, garden maintenance, watering and harvesting plus:


  • Contributing to the bug hotel by replacing the plastic roof sheeting with a living roof of sedums.

  • Seeds distributed for all group members and Ysgol Penboyr’s Eco group to sow.

  • Participated in a consultation regarding the Economic Botany Collection held in The National Museum Cardiff.

  • Provided a stall at the National Wool Museum’s (NWM) Easter fair which incorporated Visit Wales’ Year of the Sea theme.

  • For the first time information regarding the Natural Dye Garden (NDG) was taken to the Wonderwool event. This was very successful with the sample box generating much interest.

  • NDG included in the National Wool Museum’s official site plan used by visitors.

  • The group generated a leaflet about the dye garden which the NWM is to print.

  • Designed a second information panel which the NWM is to make and install.

  • Acquired a second half barrel, placed to the left of the willow structure, and planted it up with cherry rudbeckia and purple loosestrife.

  • Supervised Ysgol Penboyr’s Eco group as they worked on their bed during their term-time visits, including harvesting of plant materials.

  • Copious amounts of watering all summer due to the extreme heat and lack of rain!

  • Provided stalls at the Community Fun Day in the Red Dragon Hall, the Woolly Day and the Volunteering day held in the NWM.

  • Participated in the Sustainability Day involving Year 6 local primary schoolchildren with workshops in Eco printing and recycled materials activities.

  • Won a Green Flag Community Award for 2018.

  • Held an Open Afternoon for members of Clwb Garddio Drefach Felindre Gardening Club.

  • Visited The Waterfront Museum in Swansea to look round the garden area and facilities.

  • Ran a very successful end of season dye workshop involving all the pupils from Ysgol Penboyr, not just their Eco group, as the whole school was involved in a heritage project.

  • Samples of the material dyed at the workshop, including Welsh tweed, were provided for the school.

Helen Fogden - January 2019