Since the official opening in 2001, we have won the Best Kept Village in the Vale of Glamorgan five times, and have come 2nd and 3rd in other years. We also won the Community Award in the Calor Gas National Competition in 2004. Over these years, the money we have won has allowed us to continue with the upkeep of the gardens. This, together with fund-raising events in the Village Hall and donations from the YCSA and generous residents of the village, we have been able to maintain the high standard that you see today. However, we do need extra pairs of hands to help with the work involved.
YSTRADOWEN VILLAGE GARDENING DAYSbr>
FIRST SATURDAY IN EACH MONTH FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER
Although this originally was a WI initiative, now the whole community can get involved. We meet every 1st Saturday in the month between March and October inclusive at 10.30 am (weather permitting) by the layby behind the bus stop and telephone box. No one needs to be a gardener, just someone with enthusiasm to look after the environment in which we live - and a pair of gardening gloves together with a green recycling bag if you have a spare one! There are no age barriers - we have had young people who needed to do a community project for their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and we have retired people with an hour or two to spare. Anyone is welcome, so please come along and join our Ground Force team!br>
Any queries, please ring Rosemary Ives (774809) or Mavis Burnham (774808) and we will be please to help.br> Photo Album