News from Ian Lucas
15 November 2016
WREXHAM MP Ian Lucas is urging people to find out more about one of Wrexham’s most remarkable gardens by visiting a Christmas fair this weekend.
The Erlas Victorian Walled Garden Christmas Fair will be held this Saturday, November 19, between 1pm and 3.30pm. Costing just £1, with free entry for children, the fair will feature a tombola, crafts, cakes and refreshments, a raffle, a seasonal treasure hunt, a guess the name of the Reindeer competition, face painting – and fruits and vegetables, including produce from the garden.
The Walled Garden is a charity which uses a historic Victorian walled garden to grow a range of produce, providing worthwhile and interesting activities for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical impairments or sensory loss.
Mr Lucas, a long-time supporter of the charity, has recently lent his support to a fundraising bid by the charity to the Create Your Space project. The fund backs communities to make positive and sustainable improvements to their natural environment, and a series of consultation events have been held at the garden.
Mr Lucas discussed the bid with staff during his visit, as well as seeing preparations underway for the Christmas Fair – with gifts and decorations being made by garden volunteers.
He also presented Agored Cymru 'Leaning about the environment' certificates to two students at the garden, Gareth Williams and Rachael Owens.
He said: “Every time I visit the Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, I am struck by the sense of community there among staff and volunteers. It is a remarkable place and I would urge anyone who has not been to visit.
“The ideal time to visit – for your first or fiftieth visit – is this Saturday, when the garden will be holding a Christmas Fair. I saw some of the gifts and decorations being made by volunteers for sale at the fair – I was particularly taken by the reindeers.
“Do go along, pick up some festive goods – and lend your support to a very worthwhile cause.”