Open gardens raise £7,000 for great causes

Penrhos is beautiful, nestling in a magical bucolic setting. A village blessed with a plethora of exceptional gardens, some of which are opened periodically under the National Garden Scheme. Can any other Welsh village boast more? You probably have noticed all those bright yellow signs scattered around the lanes during the Spring and Summer, tempting you down previously unnoticed rabbit holes. Do you feel drawn to follow them when trudging off for your weekend trip to Lidl or Waitrose? It has got to be better than wrestling with that trolley with petulant wheels.

Rush hour in Penrhos came with a vengeance on two glorious weekends in April and May. The sun shone and the usual five cars, a tractor and the school bus were replaced with 700 hungry garden lovers (or the partners of garden lovers persuaded to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors lured by the promise of cake).

Woodlands Farm gardens, created from scratch by Craig and supported brilliantly by Helen (the Amazon) and Sue (from Church View), The Old Vicarage gardens, superbly maintained by the quietly effective Hartley and Tandderwen woodland gardens, our star new entry, transformed by Mat and Andrea all opened this year to an eager public.

A stunning £7,000 was raised for great causes including the NGS sponsored charities, such as Macmillan and Marie Curie; the Monmouth and District Foodbank; our very own St. Cadoc’s church in Penrhos; and to start a fund to buy a defibrillator for the village.

A huge thank you from the garden owners to all those whom supported these two very successful weekends.

Autumn 2015 in Penrhos

Penrhos is well known for its beautiful scenery, changing seasons, and changeable weather.  It is surprising how quickly the environment can change from a calm sunny day to a drenching squall, with little or no warning. Many a short walk has ended in a thorough drenching. These photographs were taken on the 13th November 2015, and clearly show how our autumn scenery can change within a matter of minutes. D

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Well done Tommy Yeomans, Megan Yeomans and Holly Flynn

A huge well done to Tommy Yeomans, Megan Yeomans and Holly Flynn from the Monmouthshire Pony Club, who qualified for the Pony Club Championships last month doing Mounted Games.

This amazing young team came 6th out of 24 teams this year which is really fantastic, well done!

Tawny Owl Fledglings

As residents of Penrhos, we are privileged to see some amazing wildlife. This pair of Tawny owls were in a such low branch of an oak tree that we were able to walk right beneath them to take this photo. Within half an hour of taking the shot, they had climbed to higher branches and were out of sight for good.

Photo by Mat and Hannah

Rainfall data

Rainfall data for Penrhos – provided by Richard Price

January 2015: 108.7mm

January 2014: 234.2mm

Total rainfall for 2014: 1216.5mm