Autumn Update

As Summer came to a wet end and Autumn started with equally damp weather, there was still much activity in the garden; beautiful late colours as well as delicious fruit and vegetables in our well stocked shop. Craft classes continued to be a hive of activity, we welcomed new members and said goodbye to our fundraiser Kate who left us for pastures anew.

Cathy saying goodbye to Kate
A lovely bouquet from the garden for Kate on her last day
Meanwhile in the craft class ……………
Avril was concentrating on her crochet
Connor was enjoying his first day in craft class
Outside Brian and James were tidying up the tool room
Rez was tidying up outside the greenhouse
Following the monsoon style rainfall and the damage the excessive water caused to the paths, Rob and Peter were building a drainage channel to divert the excess water away from the main garden.
We had a visit from the ‘Wrexham Farmers Wives Association’, who enjoyed a beautiful evening walk around the garden followed by refreshments in the roundhouse
We welcomed a volunteer working party from the DWP, who made a great job of tidying up the west garden perimeter wall.


Winter Fayre – 16th November 2019

We look forward to welcoming all our friends to our Winter Fayre on16th November from 13:00 – 15:30. As well as the opportunity to wander around our fabulous garden, there will be stalls for the purchase of gifts and in addition delicious refreshments will be on sale.

There is a small entrance charge of £1 for adults and all proceeds will provide much needed funds for the benefit of the charity.

Early September Update

It was a beautiful early September day in the garden on Tuesday 3rd; the sun was out and the garden was alive with plenty of butterflies sunning themselves. They didn’t respond to requests to stay still long enough to get a decent photo, but they were a beautiful sight none the less.

Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself

The gardeners were out in force again, fighting the never ending battle with the weeds.

Deb, Ian and Hilary weeding the leek bed, while Joyce, Pat and Gareth were hard at work in the adjoining plot.
Ann Morton paid us a visit and was deep in discussion with Hilary
Phil and Helen taking a break out of the hot sun

Next Event

We are looking forward to seeing you at our next open day which is on Sunday 15th September when we will be open to visitors under the National Garden Scheme (NGS) from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Admission is £3.50 for adults with under 16s free, proceeds from the entrance fees go to the NGS charities with sales of plants, vegetables and refreshments helping to fund the Erlas project.


EVWG relies on donations to fund its operation, you can help support our activities by donating via Local Giving by clicking on the following link –

Erlas In The Media

In the past couple of weeks Libby has been busy promoting Erlas in the local media.

On Thursday 22nd August she was a guest on Calon FM’s Dave Williams’ lunchtime show, where she was talking about all things Erlas, including making and selling confetti, flower and vegetable growing and sales, art and craft classes, the Spend A Penny campaign and the great work that our service users and volunteers do.

You can listen to her interview by clicking below:

The previous week she hosted a Wrexham Leader journalist, Sophie Edwards, who having had a tour of the garden and a discussion with Libby, published an article in the paper about confetti making.

Click on the photo to see an enlarged version.

There are a number of easy ways that supporters of EVWG can help to promote awareness of the project:

  • Bring family and friends down to the garden for a visit or to one of our events
  • Tell your family and friends about our delicious seasonal fruit and vegetables which can be purchased Monday – Friday between 11:00 and 14:30
  • Know of an upcoming wedding. Spread the word about of beautiful bespoke confetti
  • If you are a member of a local group, why not organise a group visit – please contact us first to ensure we can accommodate a large group on a particular day
  • Share social media posts so that your Facebook friends and Twitter followers see our updates
  • Encourage family and friends to follow us on Facebook and Twitter

And finally:

Erlas cannot operate without the generosity of our supporters. We are currently running a Spend-A-Penny campaign to build a new accessible toilet block in the West Garden. All donations are very welcome and will be recognised on our [toilet] roll of benefactors. Donations can be made via the following link.

August Garden Update

There was a lot of activity in the garden today and it was a welcome relief following the recent heavy rains, to get outside without the constant threat of the next deluge washing away all the hard work and drowning us in the process.

In the garden:

The recent spell of rain, sunshine and more rain has been ideal growing conditions for weeds, which have thrived. It needed a concerted team effort to remove them.

Great team work tackling weeds on one of the terraces.
Ian having “fun” tackling the weeds amongst the leeks.
Helen and Hilary fighting the weeds amongst the parsnips


Deb getting down with the beetroot.

Repairing storm damage:

The heavy rainfall caused havoc with the deluge of water washing out the top dressing from some of the sloping paths and caused a lot of scouring, as the next pictures show.

Rain damage
Paths scoured by the rain

Today’s activity was to repair the worst of the damage to the paths.

Callum spreading a new layer of path top dressing
Ray tamping the new path top dressing

In the classroom:

Meanwhile in the classroom, the Tuesday afternoon craft class was in full swing.

Cathy was enjoying her craft afternoon
Avril was concentrating hard on her knitting
Big smiles from Jade
Sylvia having a rummage

Lavender bunches:

Emma was busy making Lavender bunches.

Emma getting ready to hang Lavender bunches for drying
Bees were busy making sure our Lavender bushes are well pollinated

And finally:

Please support our Spend-A-Penny appeal. We are raising funds to build a new accessible toilet block in the west garden; the current facility is in a very sorry state and does not meet accessibility requirements. This is an important project for us; please share this appeal with friends and relatives. All donations will be recognised on our [toilet] roll of honour.

You can donate to our fund via the following link.

Spend A Penny

Today we are launching our Spend A Penny fundraising appeal.

As many of you will know and will have experienced, getting caught short while in the west garden means a long uphill dash to the main toilet facilities at the top of the site in the education building. Quite an uncomfortable experience for those with full mobility, a very challenging experience for those with mobility or visual impairments.

And we have been welcoming an ever increasing number of visitors and groups to our wonderful garden which is putting even greater strain on our current facilities

Our plan is to build a new toilet block (consisting of 2 accessible toilet cubicles) in the west garden; this will also have the added advantage of allowing us to open the west garden to visitors without the need to have the whole site open, which will be particularly useful when we have groups using the roundhouse after normal opening hours.

We need £35,000 to build the new block. Our first target is to raise £1000 to fund the building design, planning / building consent and preparatory ground clearance.
In order to make this an affordable project, certain aspects will be completed by volunteers. As the project progresses we will have further funding targets, for bricks & mortar, porcelain goods & some labour, enabling us to complete each phase in a planned and achievable way.

The simplest way to help, is to donate via our fundraising appeal by clicking here.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you all to our garden.




Ceiriog Valley Garden Society Visit – 9 July 2019

We were delighted to welcome members of the Ceiriog Valley Garden Society to the Garden this afternoon.

They were welcomed by Libby who set the scene by giving a brief overview of the Erlas estate and garden through the last 300 years, as well as the history of the Erlas Victorian Walled Garden charity and its achievements over the last 15 years.

The tour rounded off with tea and cake in the roundhouse.

The garden is open weekdays for the sale of plants and seasonal vegetables from 11:00  – 14:30.

Please contact us if you would like to organise a group visit.

A walk around the garden took in
the fragrant and colourful Sweet Peas.


The pond seemed to hold everyone’s attention
as did the courgettes growing in a no dig plot.







Summer Fayre – 6th July 2019

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our summer fayre this coming Saturday, 6th July 2019, from 1pm – 4pm.

The garden is looking fabulous and preparations are well underway to ensure that all our visitors have a great time at our summer fayre, which this year features a performance by Wrexham Singing Hands at 2pm.

There will be a variety of craft, tombola and raffle stalls as well as refreshments. The weather forecast is looking good for the weekend so you will be able to stroll around our beautiful garden and see it at its summer best.


Our plant stall will be open for sales; come prepared to take home some new additions for your own garden.

Admission is £1 Adults, children free.

See you Saturday.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from the garden via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Summer Fayre – Saturday 6th July 2019

We are delighted to announce that following the postponement of the Summer Fayre due to the extreme weather this week, it has now been rescheduled.

The Summer Fayre will now be on Saturday 6th July 2019 from 1pm – 4pm.

We hope that we will see you in our beautiful garden for what is always a great event.

Please share this post with your family and friends to ensure that everybody interested is aware of the revised date.

As well as our website you can keep up to date with what’s happening in the garden by following us on Facebook. Click here to see our Facebook page.

Open Day Saturday 15th June 2019

There was lots of activity in the garden today as we prepare for our Open Day which is on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 1pm – 4pm.

As well as the beautiful garden to view there will be craft stalls, plant sales, tombola, a raffle and the Tenovus Choir to keep you entertained. We will also be serving refreshments for your enjoyment.

Admission is £1 for adults, children free. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends alike.


We were delighted to welcome a volunteer group from the Department of Work and Pensions today, who were kept busy painting the new safety fence which is in the process of being constructed. It is great when local groups come and volunteer with us; giving their time to charitable projects is a valuable contribution to the local community for which we are most grateful. We always welcome groups who can help us; please contact us if you are able to give your services in this way.






Elsewhere in the garden much effort was being put in to weeding the vegetable beds to ensure that they not only look their best but the vegetables get the best opportunity to grow as well.

Emily, Cathy and Jane were busy picking peas and mange tout to fulfil a vegetable order for a local restaurant who pride themselves on using locally grown produce.






The wild life in the garden were also very busy today; one bush in particular was alive with bees collecting nectar.

And over at the bird hide and feeding station, the resident squirrel was eyeing up how he could get at the nuts in the bird feeder, while a hungry feathered friend was ignoring the squirrel’s efforts.







You can see all this and more during the open day on 15th June. We look forward to seeing you there.

EVWG From The Air

Have you ever wondered what EVWG looks like from above? Well thanks to the camera and drone flying skills of EVWG supporter Steven Latham, you can now see.

Click on the picture to see a full screen version (opens in new window).

What a great picture; taken during the Easter holiday weekend in 2019, when the sunshine showed the garden in its full spring glory. Many thanks to Steven for the photo.

Forthcoming events:

Following the success of our recent plant sale and National Garden Scheme open day, our next event will be on Saturday 15th June 2019 when we will be opening our doors for our Summer Fayre. We will be open from 13:00 – 16:00 and we look forward to meeting old and new friends alike. Admission will be £1 with free entry for under 16s.