A charity which supports adults with learning disabilities, has welcomed people back into its gardens with an open day, the first event they have been able to hold in 18 months.

Erlas Victorian Walled Gardens, on the outskirts of Wrexham, saw more than 300 people through their gates at the Sunday event, and their mission to get back on track with fundraising is in full swing.

A second open day is hoped to take place on Sunday, June 13

Fundraiser Ann Morton said: "Families, dog walkers, friends - old and new, enjoyed walking around the gardens, exploring the wildlife areas, and visiting Emma’s plant shop, where over £1,000 was made from selling annuals, perennials, vegetable plants and Emma’s rescued plants.

"Of course it was a team effort, and our volunteers and staff have all worked hard to host the event, which was enjoyed so much due to the easing of Covid restrictions, and the weather keeping sunny all afternoon.

"As a charity, we provide gardening and learning activities for adults with learning disabilities, which take place in a restored walled garden near Wrexham.

"During the various lockdowns, we have kept in touch with all our beneficiaries via social media, phone calls, newsletter and socially distanced visits.

"Our beneficiaries are slowly returning to the gardens, but the infrastructure has suffered over the months, as we haven't been able to upkeep the gardens as we normally would do.

"We are raising funds, via a Crowd Funding Project, hosted by the Aviva Community Fund, to reach £10,000, to improve pathways, boardwalks, and rebuild raised beds, so the gardens are safe for our returning beneficiaries, and for the whole community too.

"Aviva will be giving each of their employees a £25 voucher, who can vote on the project they consider most deserving. We have raised £615 of our target, so have some way to go yet."

• To find out more about Erlas Victorian Walled Gardens or to support the charity, you can visit erlas.org or the Aviva Community Fund website. Pledges have to be made before June 16.