Former pupil Mark Baker to hold Open Gardens events at Gwrych Castle
22nd February 2017

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil will be hosting a pair of open events at the castle he is in the process of restoring.

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 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.

The project was recently 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 was raised from the 5p bag charge.

Members of the public will be able to see some of the fine work going on at the site at two Open Garden Days, which will be held on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday 5.

There will be a host of things to do throughout the event, including chainsaw carving, woodturning, bee and habitat awareness and a special Bushcraft and Wilderness school.

A number of exhibitions and craft stalls have also been confirmed, while trust members will be on hand to provide guided tours of the castle and grounds.

Both days will run from 12pm-5pm and admission is £5 per adult and £2.50 for children.

Anyone wishing to book the Bushcraft and Wilderness school can do so at

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