PHILLIP GOODE Funeral Directors took part in the celebrations of the Friends of Linda Vista Gardens' second year of activity.

The company, represented by Pauline Owen, donated a medlar tree and plaque and the tree was planted by Mayor Norma Watkins. 

Prior to the planting ceremony the Mayor had joined The Friends committee, members and supporters as well as representatives of AAODS, the Civic Society and the Abergavenny Art Group at the Open Meeting held in the Kings Arms.

The chairman Oliver Barton reported on the many achievements of the year; the development of a natural play area for small children, including a willow tunnel planted by members of The Friends and the construction of a boardwalk and the planting of moisture loving plants with funding assistance from Tidy Towns and also the successful story telling day with Daniel Morden which attracted many families with young children.

He outlined future projects which include improving access from the Byefield Lane gate, the planting of a community feature in the gardens, a bird survey and a new promotional leaflet. 

He encouraged people to volunteer their expertise.  He thanked the artists, including those from the Abergavenny Art Group, who had contributed to the exhibition that had been in the Kings Arms throughout October reflecting different aspects of the Gardens. 

The donation of a flower bed and bench to commemorate the AAODS centenary year was also welcomed.

The Friends of Linda Vista was established in 2008 to protect and enhance the historic character of the gardens together with Monmouthshire County Council, the current owners.

For more information contact Katrina Gass 01873 855760.