Apple Day 2018

21st October is a special day in the calendar – the day we rejoice in the apple! As 21st was a Sunday this year we decided to hold our Apple Day celebration on Saturday 20th. After the horrors of last year’s Apple Day storm we behaved ourselves all week and were rewarded with weather more suited to August than October.


LACAS had borne the brunt of a badly timed late summer storm and their annual show had been cancelled. They very generously allowed us to pitch up and use their premises, tents, outdoor furniture and barbecue. This definitely contributed to the success of the day; there can’t be a more beautifully situated allotment site in the country. Bob Needs was, of course, the driving force behind our event, supplying not only his own macerator and apple presses but plenty of spare juice containers.

The day was very successful, with plenty of people turning up to have their own apple juice pressed, see the bees in the observation hive and to enjoy some delicious Cashell’s sausages.

Some of the Llangattock Community Woodlands products were for sale: honey, apple marmalade, Christmas cards and decorations, and charcoal made in the woodland.

As always our volunteers worked hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly. We’re all looking forward to next year’s party and hope to see even more people there.


Autumn is here…



Sorry!! Christmas is close so we have to start planning now.  Thought you might like to see a new product for our Christmas Fair in December.

Following on from last month’s newsletter we have now had our first Saturday Session which was a great success if not a little wet!  We had 12 new volunteers including lots of children.  The rain didn’t dampen the spirits so a special half term Story Telling session is to be arranged later in October and plans for the November session are coming together now.


Composting and toilets

The Survey is out.  Look on to complete the survey and support our Lottery Bid which will be going out sometime in December.  The Big Lottery feedback from our last application asked us to do a community survey so here it is.


APPLE DAY – 20 OCTOBER – Llangattock Allotments

We have joined up with LACAS this year to hold the Apple Day in the Allotments.  It is an international celebration which is held in October every year and we have supported the event for two years now.  This year we will be joining with LACAS and Llangattock Community Council to invite everyone to come along, press some apples, have some lunch and share in the work we do all year long. 

Start Time 12.00 Midday

Finish when all the apples have been pressed!!

Sausages and rolls available from the BBQ £1.00 a time



The Alder Carr Lottery is something we now want to promote to support small projects in Llangattock Community Woodlands.  We raised nearly £300 last year and three people won prizes at the end of the year 1st prize £50 and two prizes of £25 each. We are looking to raise more money this year.  So if you would like to support us and perhaps be a happy winner please get in touch.


For more information please contact or  The Alder Carr Lottery is registered under the Gambling Act 2005 and has a Small Society Lotteries Registration Certificate.

Registration No:  LN/201600367


Bob Bee notes for October 2018

The honey harvest is well over now, our bees are collecting their stores ready to keep them alive through the next five or six months when foraging may well be restricted to an occasional flight outside of the hive when the weather permits.

Only a few years ago we were being told by scientists bees would die out if not chemically treated against the Varroa mite in some way. I was at a bee conference in September where speakers were asking the audience, “How many of you are treating your bees to get rid of the Varroa mite”?  About half the audience said they had.  However, it appears bees are finding some way to survive the mite without chemical treatments but no one had a precise reason why. We are being told that virus is the main reason for bees dying out and that there are several types. One theory is that the type of virus most common in British colonies is not so damaging that it will kill off the colony, some of our bees are able to resist it.  I have not used chemicals to remove the Varroa mites for many years now after finding a problem with one of my hives a few weeks after bringing them back from the heather moor. One of the hives still had the metal straps in place that I used to clamp the hive components together when moving hives. This meant I had not inserted the chemical impregnated plastic strips between the brood frames. My immediate reaction was to panic because the chemical strips were meant to be in the hive for six weeks before removing them and as it was then the beginning of October that meant I would be opening my colony up in November. I found a simple method to remove Varroa in a central science Laboratory brochure known as, “The inert powder method”. I immediately tried it on that one colony, after seeing how effective it was in such a short time, also used it on the others with the same result. The method is just dusting an inert powder such as flour, Icing sugar, or French chalk, over the bees so they preen themselves and in doing so knock off the mites that are clinging to the adult bees. This is most effective when there is no sealed brood in a colony where the mites life cycle takes place, so for instance when a swarm first arrives in the hive, or at a time of year when the Queen is not laying.  This month I will be checking all the colonies to see if they are ready to strap down for the winter.


Hope to see some of you at the Apple day in Llangattock allotments on October the 20th.


Bee Bob.

LCW Trustees are justly proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of all our volunteers. We meet regularly every Tuesday and you can find information on where and when we meet on our website  If you are interested in environmental management, green wood crafts or bee keeping then please do get in touch.  Please email Eric Gower for a membership form.




August 2018 and some important energy news

It seems as though we’ve finally reached the end of the 2018 heatwave and it’s been a welcome change to have a few cooler days! Work has continued throughout the hot period, with charcoal sales and wood deliveries going well. In particular Barry’s super admin skills have been a great help here. 

The Alder Carr Lottery is spreading so we are hoping that by word of mouth and a little persuasion we can get some more sign ups this month.  It not only increases our funds but prize money increases too.  We give out prizes once a year to make it worthwhile. 

We’ve had some local interest from people who are unable to join the Tuesday session due to work/school commitments so we’re holding an introductory Saturday morning session on 8th September, with the intention to hold these sessions once a month.  We will be advertising in the Llangattock Green Valleys Newsletter next month and with Crickhowell Volunteer Bureau. 


This week work will contiue at the Alder Carr, with attention being given to chracoal production, wood processing/delivery, hedgehog hut making and stove repair. In addition we’ll be checking the bees (and hopefully extracting some honey which acn be sold at LACAS) and also sending a team to the Glanusk Estate to cut up and remove firewood.

We’ll also be confirming an extra First Aid Certificate Holder.c to lead staying in Alder Carr carrying on with stove repair and woodwork.


Now an important announcement from Llangattock Green Valleys:

Support local renewable generation and cut your electricity bill!

“We have almost enough expressions of interest to form the Crickhowell Energy Local Club but there is time for a few more, so if you are interested, register now on the Crickhowell page at   

Full details are at

A meeting for those registered to discuss formation of the Club will be held in September.”