The plans to save Gwrych Castle will see an event run over the weekend (4-5 June) that will offer two whole days of fun for all the family as the projects co-ordinators announce further plans to unveil ideas and work that has already gotten underway. The latest event comes in time to see the historic castle’s former formal gardens fully restored, and not just that either, there’s lots more to get excited about! Expert in Welsh historic houses and chair of the Gwyrch Castle Preservation Trust, Dr Mark Baker, has recently stated that this weekend will be the time that the re-planting works of some of the beds within the perimeters of the castle will take place. The plan is to recreate the grounds in a way that will resemble how they appeared back in 1914, which is the last time it was a private garden. The archaeological working on the site discovered evidence of one of the main plants found in the garden from a significant time ago; a plant tag with the name Caroline Testout, the name of a certain type of rose. The Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust want to reinstate this beautiful rose back into the garden of the Abergele castle, near our Prestatyn caravan holiday park, and is also looking for the help of anyone who is keen to get involved. Speaking of help, the Trust has received an unlikely first donation, to the committee’s surprise. Elizabeth J. Duncan, a Canadian author and writer of the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales, announced that she is going to have the eighth novel in the series set for release in 2017 against the backdrop of Gwrych Castle. Additionally, Elizabeth has kindly donated the cost of an Mme. Caroline Testout Rose to the restoration of the formal garden. When speaking about the gardens, Elizabeth recently said: “Like many others, I’ve rather fallen under the spell of Gwrych Castle and its ruined beauty. “I love the idea that by donating a rosebush I can help further the wonderful work of the dedicated volunteers who give so much to preserve and protect this important piece of Welsh heritage.” As well as the garden restoration as the basis of restored layout, there is also work getting underway which will see workers peel back the layers of past garden design, that will feature the area used for jousting almost half a century ago, in the 1970s. Many of the original staircases are also getting the restoration treatment alongside the outside work. So if you fancied having a look for yourself as to what’s going on there and how the progress is looking, the Castle and grounds are going to be open to the public on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, and everyone’s welcome! Furthermore, there’s the chance to step back in time while you’re there, submersing yourselves in the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear, complete with costumed Knights, see and feel authentic weapons, and watch majestic birds of prey in action! If you would like to find out more information on the project, head over to the Trust’s website. Image courtesy of andyhughes83/Instagram.