Former Rydal Penrhos pupil secures £12,000 Gwrych Castle grant thanks to Tesco initiative
14th December 2016

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has secured a grant to help fund a castle restoration project.

Dr Mark Baker, who left the school in 2003, has led a group of volunteers’ intent of fixing the historic Gwrych Castle, which overlooks Abergele and can be seen from the A55 expressway.The project was shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative, and after a frantic voting process the trust were awarded the maximum grant of £12,000, which has been raised from the 5p bag charge.

Dr Baker, said: “This grant will enable the Trust to restore the historic formal gardens back to its former glory.

“The aim of the Trust is to ensure that the public has access to this great heritage asset. The re-creation of this designed landscape as a community garden provides a new chapter in the castle’s history. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the project, and to Tesco for both shortlisting and awarding us the highest grant, which will enable us to continue our work.”

The Grade I listed site was left to rot for decades, but the Trust, which comprises of 65 volunteers and was formed in 1997, has restored the impressive Gardener’s Tower and they lit the stove and main fireplace for the first time in 100 years at their Open Day in May.Thanks to the grant, work will now begin in the New Year on the next stage of the restoration.

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