As Halloween approaches you may be looking for a pumpkin or two for the children to carve into lanterns and the Erlas Victoria Garden Project may just be able to help.

They’re having an open day on October 21 for members of the public to buy pumpkins that have been grown in the garden and the money raised is used to support the project itself.

The Erlas Victoria Walled Garden Project started in the early 2,000’s by a group who wanted to promote the well-being, skills and employability of those whose disabilities prevented them accessing every day opportunities.

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They received funding from the European Social Fund which helped Wrexham Work Opportunities, the Welsh College of Horticulture, Mencap Cymru and the Wrexham Disability Forum to create “The Erlas Garden Project.”

Further funding led to a major restoration program being completed in September 2006 saw a derelict and forgotten area transformed with restored perimeter walls, reconstructed garden buildings, a Welsh Oak timber framed glasshouse and a new education building.

Since then volunteers and beneficiaries have cleared the 1.3 hectares of land to create a wildlife area complete with a bog garden, they have made pathways through the woodes area and made bird and bat boxes and hides.  there is now also a nature trail, orchard, local provenance seed area and a pond.

The Project in recent years has also received funding from the Armed forces covenant and has supported several veterans to gain invaluable experience and supporting their transition back into the civilian community.

Please feel free to support this worthwhile project and bag yourself a Wrexham grown pumpkin.

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