It is with deep regret that the Trustees of Erlas Victorian Walled Garden have had to take the decision to close the garden.
Message from the Directors :
In light of the current coronavirus crisis the directors of the EVWG have decided to close the garden to service users, volunteers and visitors from 5 pm today (Friday 20th March 2020).
From Monday 23rd March 2020 access to the garden will be strictly controlled. Our Site Manager, Libby, will be preparing a rota which will ensure essential work is done in the garden but will maximise “social distancing”. Volunteers who want to attend the garden during this period of closure, should contact Brian Forhead through SLACK and he will pass your name on to Libby for inclusion in the rota.
We will continue to update you during the closure. It is a difficult decision but we believe the safety of all service users, staff and volunteers is the most important consideration.
At EVWG we are conscious of the vulnerable nature of some of our beneficiaries and volunteers. We are closely monitoring the advice given by the UK and Welsh governments and the Public Health authorities and we will update our advice in line with the latest information.
Below is how we as an organisation are responding.
1 If you have recently travelled to a high risk country as defined by the UK Government you should self-isolate for 14 days. This means do NOT come to EVWG. Please ring or email us if this is the case.
2 If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, persistent cough and/or shortness of breath), you should also self isolate and follow government advice. Do NOT come to EVWG. Please ring or email us if this is the case.
3 If you are suffering from a heavy cold or flu you should stay away from EVWG for seven days. Please ring or email us if this is the case. If the symptoms pass in that time you may return to the garden. If they persist you should follow government advice. Again, please contact us if this is the case.
4 It appears those over 70 may be asked to self isolate in the near future. If this is the case, we will update this advice.
Here is some guidance on the Coronavirus, how to try to avoid it and what you should do if you develop symptoms.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Erlas Victorian Walled Garden
Yn dymuno Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd oddi wrth Ardd Furiog Fictoraidd Erlas
Don’t forget to have the sound turned on.
Seasons greetings from all of us at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, we hope you have a wonderful and restful time over Christmas and New Year.
A big thank you to everybody who supported us in 2019, without you and your support we could not make Erlas the beautiful and tranquil oasis it is. We welcome your continued support as we move into 2020.
We look forward to welcoming all our friends to our events in the garden during 2020, make a note of these dates in your diary:
22nd – 25th April 2020 – Plant Sale
20th June 2020 – Summer Fayre
13th September 2020 – National Gardens Scheme open day
The garden is now closed until 6th January 2020. When we reopen you are most welcome to come and visit us between the hours of 10:00 and 14:30 for a look around and the purchase of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
We also welcome visits from groups, if you would like to organise a guided tour please call us on 01978 265058 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a suitable date and time.
A very big thank you to all of our supporters who left the warmth of their homes on Saturday to make our Winter Fayre a great success. We were delighted to see so many of you and it made all the hard work that our students, staff and volunteers put into the event all the more rewarding. To top the event off we raised a record £1850; your generosity will ensure that we can continue to give our students the best possible experience.
Our friends from Wrexham Singing Hands provided some fantastic entertainment which was enjoyed by all, in particular our students who joined in.
Here are a few pictures from the various stalls around the garden
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.
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.
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.
The gardeners were out in force again, fighting the never ending battle with the weeds.
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.
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.
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
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. https://localgiving.org/appeal/spend-a-penny/
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.
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.
Today’s activity was to repair the worst of the damage to the paths.
In the classroom:
Meanwhile in the classroom, the Tuesday afternoon craft class was in full swing.
Emma was busy making Lavender bunches.
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.
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.