THANK YOU: What a challenging year 2018 has been for gardens – rain and snow in the early months followed by weeks of hot dry sunny days.

Yet, true to form, garden owners welcomed thousands of visitors from far and near to their wonderful gardens across the county.

Helen Anthony, publicity officer for the National Garden Scheme, Powys, said: "They and their helpers served hundreds of slices of cake and cups of tea. It is too early to say how much we raised in 2018, but we do know that many gardens reported record numbers of visitors.

"All we can say is thank you – thank you to the garden owners, thank you to their helpers, thank you to everyone spread the word about our gardens and thank you to you all for visiting our gardens. It takes all of you to make the National Garden Scheme work.

"Did you know that the National Garden Scheme has donated £180,000 to Horatio’s Garden since 2015?

Horatio’s Garden is a national charity that creates and cares for stunning gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

"Their fourth garden will be right on our doorstep at the Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (Gobowen to you and me).

Building this garden was officially started with the ‘Ground Breaking’ Ceremony on Thursday when the first spadeful of earth was lifted.

Members of the Powys County team were honoured with an invitation to this event and were able to meet Olivia Chapple who co-founded the charity in memory of her son, Horatio. The garden is due to be completed in 2019.

Remember that by visiting National Garden Scheme gardens you are helping to raise funds for caring charities such are Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and. Of course, Horatio’s Garden.

Pictured: Olivia Chapple, co-founder of Horatio's Garden Charity, (left) with Susan Paynton (right) NGS County Organiser for North Powys.

Breaking the Ground – Olivia Chapple with Mark Brandreth, chief executive of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, and Lady Susan Trevor (of the League of Friends of RJAH).

The National Garden Scheme:

• Since its foundation in 1927, The National Garden Scheme has donated over £50 million to its beneficiaries

• Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society. Further donations are also made.

• Registered Charity 1112664

• www.ngs.org.uk

• More about Horatio’s Garden: www.horatiosgarden.org.uk