Learners form Coleg Cambria have been fortunate to benefit from Erlas Victorian Walled Garden.

Erlas Victorian Walled Garden in Wrexham is both a charity and a place that promotes the health and development of people with learning disabilities, and others, by providing meaningful daytime activity, education and work experience in a garden business environment.

The ongoing partnership between Erlas and Coleg Cambria has given Independent Learning Skills (ILS) students a range of real life experiences.  During their visits over the past 4 years’ numerous students have been given the opportunity to do some gardening that included planting, cultivating, weeding and pruning.

Coleg Cambria Tutor, Louisa Moroney-Edwards, who’s been supporting the students during their weekly visits to the gardens said:

“It’s been an invaluable experience for the ILS students to visit the gardens on a weekly basis and help within the grounds.  Seeing their enjoyment whilst appreciating the changing seasons was wonderful and we look forward to continue with the partnership with Erlas.”

Construction and Building Services learners have also been visiting the gardens to gain real-life experience at building raised beds and maintaining the gardens.  Giving them an opportunity to use and display skills such as bricklaying learnt in college whilst also being a valuable contribution to the gardens.

“The Bricklaying students who have been working on the project at Erlas have gained invaluable work experience for a worthwhile cause that will give many years of pleasure and achievement to those who will benefit from their hard work and commitment” added Lee Davies, Bricklaying Lecturer at Coleg Cambria Bersham Road.

“The students set out and concreted the footings and built the brickwork raised beds, using skills and knowledge gained during their first year at Coleg Cambria.”

Ann Morton, Charity Officer at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden said:

“Watching young people from the Independent Learning Skills Department at Coleg Cambria grow and develop in the time they have spent learning about gardening, their environment and team working has been inspirational. These young people have also helped us in the upkeep of 2 walled gardens where our main beneficiary group are adults with learning disabilities. Both groups seemed to benefit from each other, and many friendships have been forged over the past 4 years.

The Bricklaying students have also gained workplace skills here, and we are so grateful for their work over the past year, as they have built 9 large raised flower beds, which will enable many disadvantaged people to participate in healthy outdoor gardening activities over the coming years.

Erlas Victorian Walled Garden wish for the partnership with Coleg Cambria to continue for the mutual benefit of all our community for many years to come.”

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