The gardens at Erlas are a safe haven for many people who experience barriers when integrating into mainstream society. People with learning disabilities have aspirations and goals like everyone else, but often don't have the opportunity to reach them.
Our Charity, Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, has for the last 20 years given our members purpose; restoring a forgotten and derelict area of land, and creating a special place together, on the outskirts of Wrexham, North Wales.
Hundreds of adults with learning disabilities have honed their skills, forged friendships and improved their physical and mental well-being.
Our communities have supported us along this journey, through partnerships, volunteering, visiting on our Open Days or buying fresh organic produce, and now we are asking for support to help us recover from the effects of Lockdown.
During the past 12 months, we have 'Kept in Touch' with everyone by social media, or by visits with seeds and plants and lavender for people to keep busy
' A Big Thank you too to Ann and Ann-Marie for their efforts keeping in contact with Emily and others over the last weeks. That the Walled Garden has reached out in this way has made an enormous difference to Emily.’
But our members really need the physical social interaction, the learning and the fresh air experienced when attending the gardens.
Nature has partly claimed back parts of the 2 terraced walled gardens, the wild-life areas, orchards and nature trails, and we need help to make everywhere accessible once more.
The gardens need to be re-vamped by improving pathways, board walks, raised beds and resting areas so that our returning community can regain their physical and mental strength and re-new friendships and recover from the isolation and restrictions that were imposed upon them last year.
Our beneficiaries have all suffered when the pandemic arrived as routines are very important to them. Having to isolate and remain inside was particularly difficult for them to understand why.
We are slowly re-opening our gardens to everyone, and we wish to do so safely. Ensuring pathways are smooth, raised beds are robust and railings and boardwalks are safe, we will once again become a unique resource for many people in our community- whatever their ability.
be able to garden together,
and welcome volunteers and visitors to share the successes of our learning disabled community.
“I’ve always enjoyed visiting and our son has found peace here” – Steve Williams
If we are successful in raising £10,000, we will:
£4000 will rebuild 8 raised wooden beds, using new redwood sleepers
£4000 will rebuild a large raised bed near the entrance to our gardens, which is and will be wheelchair accessible, using bricks, including labour
£2000 will replace parts of our boardwalk, and make safe the access to our wildlife-pond and around parts of the gardens and wild-life areas.