We delivered a series of family workshops at the Workhouse Llanfyllin using the arts to create a community garden. Sessions included storytelling, craft, visual arts, drumming, and culminated in a Garden of Light event featuring workshops and performances and served as a celebration of the project.

In 2017 Arts Connection partnered with the Llanfyllin Workhouse to help renovate their Memorial Garden.

The Wilding the Senses project delivered over 24 family focused art events from half day workshops to camping weekends.

The project is supported by the Postcode Local Trust which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode – www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

Guided by artists and creative practitioners the families who joined in helped to create a sensory space that can be enjoyed by all of the community.

We’ve created a Listening Place for storytelling and performance, as requested by the children who took part in our ‘Storytelling’ planning session with Helen East. We’ve also added new sand pits and a climbing net as well as revamping the existing tree house.

  • We’ve added 6 new Medicinal Herb beds with Herbalist Natalie Morris, which we plan to use as an outdoor classroom from 2018 onwards
  • We’ve been Planting for Wildlife with Dewi Morris, to help make the garden more inviting and sustaining for our native wildlife
  • We’ve made Memory Gabions with Linda Jane James, that are now homes for our two Slate Marimbas that Rick WIlson helped us to create
  • We’ve revamped our beautiful Cob Oven with Bex Syrett and Sam Key and Gra Stroud has built our brilliant new cover
  • We started an Orienteering Course around the garden with Jenny Dingle and Fiona Rowe, which we’ll be adding to in 2018 and we’ve been making Crazy Paving with Jessica Callan, that we’ll be installing next year
  • We enjoyed 3 Family Camp Outs throughout the year, where we slept under the stars Friday night, made pizzas on the cob oven with Chris James and spent the Saturday playing and creating with Sam Keys. We’re hoping to repeat these in 2018 (volunteers needed! Please speak to Tree if you can help)

Alongside all of this, our volunteers have been busy repairing and renovating the existing garden features. These include Elmfield Steiner School who helped in the garden during their visit to the Workhouse earlier in the year and the students of Oswestry School who volunteer at the Workhouse.

The Garden of Light was our celebration of all we’ve achieved together in 2017. It was an opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our artists and volunteers who have been involved and to all of you who came along to our regular Wilding the Senses family sessions and joined in. For one night in December the garden at the Llanfyllin Workhouse became a winter wonderland, lit by lanterns made by participants of the Wilding the Senses project and pupils at Llanfyllin Primary and High School. We drew in light, told stories around the bonfire, watched puppets play and fire dance.

One of the Wilding the Senses workshops helped to create an orienteering course that will guide visitors to the Workhouse around the gardens to find a number of locations around the grounds. At each location visitors will find a hidden picture. We asked Llanfyllin High School to help by drawing pictures of wildlife that we can hide at each location for visitors to find. These wonderful drawings you see here today are the creation of the students and we are very grateful to them for their fabulous contribution.

The Memorial Garden at the Llanfyllin Workhouse is here for everyone to enjoy. It is open every day during daylight hours and is free to use. It is your space. Please use and enjoy it and respect other users when you do.


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