RAF drop in to help historic Llangollen house garden clear-up

Published date: 12 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A HISTORIC house and gardens in Llangollen has received invaluable assistance from the RAF.

Twelve volunteers from the flight operations assistant course at RAF Shawbury gave up their Saturday and Sunday leisure time to help clear and tidy up leaf fall and debris from Plas Newydd, a 13-acre site which was home to ‘The Ladies of Llangollen.’

Ian Dunderdale, gardener at Plas Newydd, said: “This is a massive job every year, they really did work well, the group carried out the work in two days that it would have taken me a month to complete on my own.”

Plas Newydd house is closed to visitors during the winter months but the stunning gardens and grounds still receive many visitors.

Kevin Pennington, Denbighshire Heritage Service Team Leader said: “We are really grateful for their help, it is a busy time of year for our gardener, keeping our site well maintained and attractive for visitors and the people of Llangollen to enjoy.

“The impact of this extra help will be really beneficial in looking after our beautiful site.”

Sgt Adam Foxall of RAF Shawbury said: “The students and myself all enjoyed the opportunity to give something back to the community in such a beautiful setting.  The weekend was a great success and we hope that there will be another opportunity to help in the spring.”

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