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Garden Design Events – Tell Us what You Think

BDP - Concept view prod quadWe are holding 3 events over the summer to share the garden design developed so far by our volunteers. They are on:

Mon 4 July 2016 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mon 25 July 2016 10:00 – 12:00 noon

Sat 3 Sept 2016 10:00 – 12:00 noon

All will be held in the Committee Room, Grange House, Llanfrechfa Grange, NP44 8YN.

There will be an opportunity to view the design and visit the garden itself, weather permitting. We are also doing a ‘Bring and Buy’ plant sale with proceeds going towards the running of the garden. Please bring along any spare plants (labelled please) that you would like to donate to the sale.

No need to book. Refreshments provided.

Please feel free to print off and share our flyer for the events. Flyer3 – summer 2016 design events

We have Bagged £12,000 from Tesco!!


We are delighted to announce that we are to be awarded £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help fund.

Tesco estimated that 8 million shoppers voted in stores across the country to help the company allocate grants from their £11.5million carrier bag charge fund, with three shortlisted project in each area due to receive either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.  Voting ran in stores from 27 February until 6 March – with customers using a token system to choose which project they would like to get the top award.

Voting in store

Thanks to the support we received in the Tesco stores in Abertillery, Cwmbran, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool we came first in the vote and will receive the maximum award of £12,000.  This is absolutely fantastic news and we send our thanks to everyone who promoted our project and voted for us in Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen. Some supporters we know returned to their store many times during the voting week, occasionally claiming forgetfulness for the need to go back!

greenhouseThis is our first grant for the Walled Garden and we plan to use the £12,000 to provide a lovely horticultural therapy greenhouse for use by community and patient groups.  Now that the results have been announced the garden design team will work up detailed design plans for the greenhouse area and chose and build a suitable structure.  This picture is of one of several styles we are considering.

Huge thanks again to everyone who voted for us, and to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board for their continued support for the restoration of the Walled Garden at Llanfrechfa Grange.

Call for Volunteers

Following the initial cutting back of the dense bramble in the garden we are now looking for volunteers to help with the next phase of clearing.  Supported by Keep Wales Tidy we are planning to spend two days in the garden:- Monday 14th DecemberIMG_20151106_150529_hdr and Tuesday 15th December (these are firm dates and replace the tentative long weekends previously published) Small oak tree - south gardenThere are a number tasks we want to complete on these two days, including raking up the vegetation we have already cut back;  preparing a ‘heeling-in’ area for a number of saplings that need to be moved and given space to grow;  clearing bramble and weed roots from the base of some of the more mature trees and the old greenhouse bases;  and sorting and moving old garden equipment and other items we found during the initial clearance. We would be delighted if you are able to offer some time on one or both of these days. For further information please contact the clearance team at   grangegardenjans@yahoo.co.uk We look forward to seeing you!  

History pages go live

Our new history pages will go live on the evening of August 21st

They set out the historical information we are collecting about Llanfrechfa Grange and its gardens, especially the Walled Garden.  Gathered from historical records and from stories told by people who have known the Grange over the years our aim is to understand the estates history so that it can inform the future of the Walled Garden as we progress with its restoration.

We hope you enjoy reading these pages, which will continue to develop as we sift through information we already have and more is found.

If you have anything to add please do get in touch.

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.