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The Walled Garden – Winter 2019/20 Newsletter

Welcome to the Winter issue of our newsletter about the Llanfrechfa Grange Walled Garden project.

In this issue:

  • Garden design news
  • Grange University Hospital build update
  • Festive fun for volunteers and members
  • Halloween fund raiser winners
  • Supporting us – become as Associate Member
  • Spring raffle
  • Charity funding news
  • Happy Birthday Mary

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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)

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.


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.