Plas Pentwyn, Coedpoeth, Volunteers working on the garden and orchard with pupils from Penygelli school; Pictured (from left) are Jane Purdie, Jane Robertson, Hayley Morgan and Moira Taylor. Picture Mandy Jones

TV bushcraft expert, Andrew Thomas-Price will be joined by a group of local award winning gardeners at Plas Pentwyn on Thursday April 25 to promote opportunities for volunteering on projects in the Wrexham area.

Spring into Action will run from 12 noon to 4pm and will show off loads of activities for all ages to try including haymaking, orienteering, apple pressing and fossil finding!

Andrew said: “I have travelled all over Wales and experienced its extraordinary beauty and diversity, something that is very often down to the efforts and enthusiasm of volunteers.


“They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and they put so much into the incredibly varied work they do, and I’ve also seen how much they get out of it and how much it means to the societies and communities they live in.

“Wrexham is fortunate to have so many fantastic volunteering opportunities going on at Brymbo Heritage Centre, Plas Pentwyn, Nant Mill, Minera Quarry and elsewhere and it is wonderful to see people of all ages getting involved.”

He’ll be joined by the Plas Pentwyn Community Garden Club, Green Flag winners for two years, whose gardening volunteers have created a heritage orchard stocked with some of Wales’ rarest native fruit trees.

Founder member Moira Taylor, from Coedpoeth, said: “We’re all keen gardeners who came together about eight years ago when we attended a hanging basket class at Plas Pentwyn and someone mentioned there was a little garden here.

“We decided to grow some vegetables here and now we’ve got raised beds, lots of planting, flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables and a garden shed.

“We’re actually on the school curriculum now and a group of eight children come every term to help out and to learn about gardening and it’s lovely to see them getting involved.”

Spring Into Action event has been organised by Hayley Morgan of Wrexham County Borough Council’s Business and Investment Team and she said: “We want to showcase the opportunities that exist for volunteering here in Wrexham and the many projects that people can work on.

“It’s not just about getting your hands dirty though that’s important but there are other skills that these projects need such as marketing, administration and accounting skills – everyone can play their part and learn new skills themselves.

The event is organised by Wrexham County Borough Council and is aimed at increasing volunteer recruitment for local community projects and encouraging more people to play a part locally.

For information about the Spring Into Action Volunteers Open Day contact Plas Pentwyn or ring 01978 667328.

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