'Blooming' tea party at Ystradgynlais library
24th July 2018
Ystradgynlais library held an official opening of their library garden this month. The special garden has bloomed thanks to a culmination of many hours of work which has involved both groups and individuals within the local community.
With the help of Brecknock Wildlife Trust who hold a #wildcommunities Gardening Club twice a month in the library, and work with volunteers and library staff, the garden behind the library has been transformed from a wilderness to a managed wildlife habitat/garden.
The area was developed with massive clearance work and soil improvement which saw a fernery, native wild flower area, bug hotel, pond and compost heap established in the new garden. A vegetable plot and a rose and clematis arch have also been introduced. A recently laid moth trap even discovered a rare moth that had never before been recorded in the area.
Local volunteers ("Blodau Ystradgynlais") have already transformed some of the flower beds from unkempt shrubs into a herb and sensory garden.
The library is also hosting a garden themed photography competition in the library throughout July. Helping to celebrate the work done in the community for the RHS 'Wales in Bloom' competition, which the library also took part in.
The official opening took place on the morning of the 12 July where representatives, local volunteers and library members were invited to a small garden party to mark the event, with homemade cakes baked from recipes in library books.
Cllr Rachel Powell portfolio holder for learning and culture said: "This has been a wonderful communal effort, with many local people coming together to make this garden take shape and come to life for everyone to use. A special thank you must go to the Brecknock Wildlife Trust, whose efforts in working on this project were truly appreciated.
"It is now a tranquil and natural space that also embodies the idea of 'wellbeing' in our everyday lives. You can sit, walk and read here. Also, study and meet others for a chat. We want to extend our thanks to all those that helped to make this garden to become a reality."