The ‘Garden Through Time’ at Pembroke United Reformed Church was officially opened on Sunday 5 September by Pembroke’s Mayor, Cllr. Linda Asman and Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Jonathan Nutting. The official opening was preceded by a service led by Revd Stella Hayton with 53 guests including funders, project partners and volunteers. The project was undertaken by the Pembroke Town Walls Trust and Pembroke 21C working in partnership with the church and was inspired by the late Nikki Anderson, creator of the Pembroke Story.
The Garden on the ‘Historical Pembroke Town Wall’ to the rear of the church was brought back to life by hard-working volunteers clearing, erecting stairs and a viewing platform, and planting as well as working in the background on committees. It allows visitors to step back in time seeing, touching, and smelling the flora of ancient times. As well as enabling visitors to explore Pembroke’s past, it is hoped it will become a superb venue for future church and community events.
The partners wish to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cadw, The Pilgrim Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembroke Town Council, John Hayes and Melanie Phillips, who contributed to the viewing platform in memory of her late father Mervyn Phillips.
Article by John Hayton, pictures by Gwen Griffiths.