Damon wins medals at Cardiff Athletics Event

Earlier this April, one of our students, Damon Hughes, travelled down to Cardiff and took part in a number of athletic events, including the 60 metre sprint, the relay, the shot-put and the long jump. Damon was awarded with 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals, and we can see his pride when Damon brought the medals into the project to show his fellow students and friends last Friday.

Damon proudly showing his athletics medals.
Damon proudly showing his athletics medals.

April Recipe of the Month

LEEK and CHEESE CRUMBLE
30g butter
4 large leeks
30g plain flour
400ml milk
175g cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons mustard
30g chopped parsley

Topping:
100g plain flour
100g rolled oats
75g diced butter
50g chopped hazelnuts
50g grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
seasoning
Leek Flan. ROTM April Ingredients
Preheat oven to 190 c
Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the diced leeks and cook for 10-12 mins
When soft, add the flour and stir for a few minutes then add half the milk, stir again
and bring to the boil.  When the sauce starts to thicken, add the remaining milk and repeat.
Now add the remaining filling ingredients, stir then remove from the heat to cool.

Make the crumble by combining the flour and oats, then add the diced butter and
combine with finger tips.  once resembling breadcrumbs, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Put the filling into a baking dish and top with the crumble.
Bake for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbling.

If you try our recipe, let us know if you like it  – and dont forget that fresh leeks are avaiilable from the Garden!

Visit by the Erddig Nordic Walking Group

On the morning of Wednesday 23rd March, 23 members of the Nordic Walking Group took part in a 4-mile walk around the farms and woodlands near to the Erlas Victorian Walled Garden.

The ladies usually meet and walk around the grounds at Erddig, every Wednesday morning, but Sheila Meadows, a Nordic walker and also a volunteer at the walled gardens, suggested a change of scenery for the group.

The weather was cloudy but not too cold, and the walkers covered the distance in just over 90 minutes, remarking on the views that could be seen on the walk, and also catching up on news!

To finish the walk, the ladies were served some hot tea and coffee, and also had some home-made cakes to savour in the ‘roundhouse’ in the West Garden.

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Some of the Nordic Walkers at the Garden

Many of the visitors did not realise the extent of the gardens here, and were impressed by all the hard work that goes on here. They also saw some of our students taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt.

The ladies donated around £88, and also sales of early green salad vegetables and leeks of £20 were made.

It is hoped to repeat this event in the future.

Consultation – we need your help!

The Charity is submitting an application to the ‘Create Your Space’ Fund, which is part of the Big Lottery Fund, and is a seven year programme that will enable communities to lead on making positive and sustainable transformations to their natural environment.

The funding will support communities to come up with their own vision and plan, for conserving and/or improving their natural environment in a way which meets their needs and those of future generations.

On Thursday 24th March the Charity invited over 100 people/organisations to come and hear about our exciting development vision (which can be read on our ‘Future Plans’ section of our web-site), and the weather bode well, despite warnings of rain, allowing 30 visitors to be shown around the gardens, and hear short presentations from Ann Morton, the Charity Officer, and from Geoff Rate, the Chair.

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Visitors were invited to feedback to us on what their thoughts were about our plans, and completed feed-back questionnaires, which will be analysed to inform future plans.

We are hosting another ‘consultation event’ on the afternoon of the final day of our 4 day plant sale from Wednesday 20th April to Saturday 23rd April, between 1.30 pm and 3 pm at the walled garden. This will be for the local community; the people who live on the surrounding estate(s), our beneficiaries; their friends and families, and for our volunteers. We will host this in the ‘log cabin’, as we hope more people will attend.

Hope to see you there!