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Thank You Volunteers

A big thank you to everyone who turned up to volunteer for our working party weekend on 6-7 April. We were lucky with the weather and managed to get a lot done in the time.

Barry and Chris sorting our stones for the boundary walls in the south east quadrant.

About 9 people turned up on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Between us we sorted stones for building walls, primed and painted up some ironwork tree grills, filled in trenches for the power and water cables, did some potting on and watered seedlings.

Filling in trenches for the power and water cabling.

Weekend Working Parties – a Big Thank You!

Sunday Working Party Volunteers

We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came along this weekend to help us prepare the ground for the installation of a new electrical and water supply around the garden. Everyone worked really hard and did a fantastic job.

Clearing the weeds in readiness for the soil

The work involved weeding, moving piles of rubble and digging away part of the big soil “mountain” in the south of the Walled Garden to clear a route close to the walls so that a digger can get through to make the required trenches. The soil from the mountain was then transported to the other end of the garden to help level out some of the uneven ground in what will become the “productive” quadrant.

Binca top of the heap on Saturday

Here are some photos of the volunteers from the Saturday afternoon and Sunday crews. If anyone has any photos from Saturday morning, do please send them in to email: info.lgh.garden@gmail.com so that we can include as many volunteers as possible.


Saturday afternoon crew
Sunday crew
Nearly done.

We are always ready to welcome new volunteers to this wonderful community gardening project in Torfaen. If you are interested in giving it a try, we are open every Monday during the day time and every Sunday morning 10.30 – 12.30. Visit our Volunteering page for more information.


Moving the Mountain Working Party – call for volunteers

The implementation of the Walled Garden design plan is moving ahead well. The central paving feature is almost complete but before we lay down the rest of the paths we need to lay in ducting for a new electricity and water supply. For this we need to clear a path around the inner perimeter of the Walled Garden. Can you help?

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August we are planning a weekend working party to clear a way for us to get a digger on site to put trenches in for the new electric and water supplies. The clearance work will involve removing the spoil “mountain” by the south gate (see photo below) so there will be quite a lot of digging, lifting and barrowing required. We are hoping to find some strong, fit people to help us out. Many hands make light work!

We would also welcome volunteers to take on some lighter tasks such as keeping a regular flow of refreshments available for the grafters and hoeing out the spoil.

The working parties will run from 10.00 – 13.00 hrs and 13.00 – 16.00 hrs Sat and Sun. Please contact us on info.lgh.garden@gmail.com if you would like to come along. You will need to bring suitable footwear with covered toes (no sandals), sunscreen and a hat if the weather is sunny. Free refreshments will be provided.

Thank you.


The Walled Garden – Newsletter Summer 2018

Our Summer 2018 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

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In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Forthcoming events
  • Garden design update
  • Progress on the new Grange University Hospital build
  • ‘Have a Grow’ day
  • NHS 70th birthday
  • Norwegian visitors
  • Remembering Terry
  • Calling local history buffs
  • Contact us

The Walled Garden – Newsletter Spring 2018

Our Spring 2018 newsletter is out now and can be downloaded at this link:

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In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Spring diary
  • Garden design news
  • Spring into planting
  • News in brief
  • Grange University Hospital build news
  • Thank you tea for volunteers
  • A growing space for veg
  • Contact us

The Walled Garden – Newsletter, Summer 2017

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Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of our newsletter, ‘The Walled Garden”.

In this issue:

  • Welcome
  • Forthcoming events
  • New hospital build starts
  • Garden design update
  • Give and Gain Day
  • News in brief
  • History – the Grange House chapel
  • Contact us

The Walled Garden – Summer 2017 Newsletter (pdf)

Plant Sale – Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden

Mon 5 June 2017   –   Open 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Do please pop into the garden between these hours and ask for one of the members to serve you.

We now have a range of plants for sale to the public including bedding plants, herbs, fruit and vegetables. See price list for more details. Plants for sale – May 2017 price list.





Plants can also be bought most other Mondays or at other times by arrangement via our email: info.lgh.garden@gmail.com





The Walled Garden – Spring 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our new look newsletter which we plan to publish every quarter for our members and supporters.

The Walled Garden – Spring 2017 (pdf. 13MB)

The Walled Garden – Spring 2017 (Word doc 1.8MB)


In this issue you will find:

  • Forthcoming events
  • Meet the Trustees
  • Become a member or volunteer
  • News about our Therapeutic Horticulture partnership project
  • Garden design survey update
  • Hospital build news
  • How to contact us.

A Celebration of our First Year


The first public meeting of the Friends of Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden was held on Thursday 8 December in the Main Hall at Llanfrechfa Grange. The meeting provided an opportunity to share some of our key achievements over the last year and to start recruiting members to support the charitable aims of the project. Further details of the project is available in our first year report, launched at the meeting, which includes a statement of our financial position.

Trustees’ Annual Report- December 2015-16

Visitors viewing the Tesco greenhouse and shed.
Visitors viewing the Tesco greenhouse and shed.

A key achievement was of course, winning a Tesco Community Award to install a large greenhouse and shed for horticultural therapy. We were pleased to also be able to announce the beginning of our new partnership project with ‘Growing Space‘, which will mean that from early next year, horticultural therapy will be provided to a small group of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping them develop new skills and potentially pathways into work. In the future, we hope to be able to extend this to other groups.

Members of Mencap Cymru were also at the meeting to promote their ‘Hidden Now Heard’ project which is currently focusing on the experiences of people with Learning Disability and those who used to live or work at Llanfrechfa Grange.

Thank you to Wendy Warren for making the Walled Garden cake.
Thank you to Wendy Warren for making the Walled Garden cake.

We were delighted to be able to raise £200 at the meeting which came from the recruitment of over 20 new members and a raffle, which had a fabulous Walled Garden cake, made by Wendy Warren, as its first prize. Thank you to every one who took part.






Supporting Us

Jan Smith serving up hot mulled apple juice.
Jan Smith serving up hot mulled apple juice.

A little earlier in the day, the Chairman, David Jenkins, and Chief Executive, Judith Paget, of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, hosted a special thank you celebration for our current volunteers and supporters. As we were blessed with a fine sunny day, everyone was able to gather together in the Walled Garden with a cup of hot mulled apple juice to hear Judith express her thanks and appreciation for all the hard work put in by volunteers from all walks of life. Judith said she was delighted and amazed to see how much progress had been made and to see the garden come back into use, in a way which, with the coming of the new hospital, created a link between past and future. Judith and the Chairman then joined the volunteers for tea and cake in the Main Hall, where they chatted further with individuals.

CEO Mrs Judith Paget chatted with Mr Peter Kelly, and other supporters in the Walled Garden.
CEO Mrs Judith Paget chatted with Mr Peter Kelly, and other supporters in the Walled Garden.

Our ability to redevelop and maintain the garden for the future is dependent on our supporters and funds to buy materials and equipment. For more information on how you can get involved or provide funding support, please visit our Supporting Us page.


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board wins Health Standard Platinum Award

We are delighted to announce that Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) has been successful in securing the Health Standards highest award thanks in part to the support of the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

The Corporate Health Standard is the national mark of quality for health and wellbeing in the work place. The standard is designed to promote a continuous journey of good practice and improvement and can be used by organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

At platinum level ABUHB has demonstrated its commitment to supporting not only their employees, but other organisations and the local community. This involves a range of activities including the promotion of partnership working, sharing knowledge and promoting community engagement.

Jan Smith and Angela Fry man the Walled Garden stand at Platinum Award event.
Jan Smith and Angela Fry man the Walled Garden stand at Platinum Award event.

On Thursday 10th December ABUHB hosted the Welsh Government assessors at the Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport and were delighted to be able to include the Walled Garden Project as one of its showcase projects for the assessment day. This project is a great example of how community engagement can provide benefits for everyone involved. By making the garden available to the community and supporting the community to shape and run the garden for the benefit of the local community it has the potential to be so much more than just a garden managed within a hospital site.

The project team leading the Platinum application would like to thank everyone involved in the walled garden for their support in demonstrating the value of working together.