Coffee Morning Helps Launch Project

Visitors to the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange 14 April 2015 coffee morning event.
Visitors to the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange 14 April 2015 coffee morning event.

On 14 April, we held a coffee morning in the Main Hall at Llanfrechfa Grange to raise awareness about the project to restore the old Victorian walled garden and to encourage people to get involved.

ABUHB Chairman David Jenkins takes a stroll around the Walled Garden - April 2015
ABUHB Chairman David Jenkins takes a stroll around the Walled Garden – April 2015

The event was hosted by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board with volunteers from the project on hand to chat to visitors about the garden and show them around.  David Jenkins, Chairman of the Health Board and Judith Paget, Chief Executive, attended to show their support and welcome visitors. We were delighted so many people came to register their interest including local residents, members of like-minded community groups and staff from the Health Board.

Luckily the sun was shining, so we were also able to take visitors into the garden itself to see the size of the challenge! However no one seemed at all daunted but really welcomed the prospect of turning this plot into a beautiful and uplifting space that would benefit lots of people living and working in the local area as well as patients, staff and visitors to the new hospital.

Former Head Gardener Mr Karl Earnshaw (1980s-90s) and Mr Peter Kelly, son of the Head Gardener in the 1920s-30s,
Former Head Gardener Mr Karl Earnshaw (1980s-90s) and Mr Peter Kelly, son of the Head Gardener in the 1920s-30s,

One of our projects is attempting to chart the history of the Llanfrechfa Grange site so it was really interesting to be able to hear people’s memories and stories from the past. Mr Karl Earnshaw was among the visitors. He was head gardener at Llanfrechfa Grange in the 1980s and 90s and was able to tell us about what was grown in the garden at that time. We were also joined by Mr Peter Kelly who was born in the old gardener’s cottage (long since demolished) in the 1920s. His father had been head gardener in the 1920s and 30s before the Grange was turned into a health facility. Mr Kelly had lots of stories to tell.

We are planning to repeat the event on Monday 11 May 5.30 – 7.00 p.m. for people who could not make it first time around. All welcome.

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