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Year 8 return to Gwrych Castle as part of community service work

Year 8 return to Gwrych Castle as part of community service work

A group of current pupils at Rydal Penrhos have been working hard to improve the conditions at a prominent landmark in the region.

As part of the annual Year 8 community service scheme, the school turned their attention to tidying up the grounds at the historic Gwrych Castle, which overlooks Abergele and can be seen from the A55 expressway, on Wednesday, January 17.

The impressive site has undergone significant restoration in recent years thanks to the tireless work of Dr Mark Baker, a former pupil at Rydal Penrhos who left in 2003.

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 last year.

During the afternoon the group cleared brambles and chopped foliage at the clean-up, and this is the second time that the school has assisted at the castle this academic year.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “The Gwrych Castle project is something that is very close to our hearts here at Rydal Penrhos given that a former pupil in Dr Baker in leading the fantastic work being to restore the site.

“Our community work is something our pupils take a great deal of pride in, and hopefully this fine tradition will continue long into the future.”

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