Hedd Wen, Abergavenny
Hedd Wen Peace Garden is a welcoming place for all faiths and none. It is a courtyard garden attached to the owners home set in Llanfoist a quiet village on the outskirts of Abergavenny. The village is situated at the foot of the Blorenge Mountain on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park with views of the surrounding hills with their own industrial past.
The focus in the garden is to tell the story of Sadako Sasaski a survivor of Hiroshima and 1000 Peace Cranes:- (http://www.hiroshima-is.as.jp/index.php?page=sadako-story). The garden is a place for quiet reflection and prayers for children lost in current conflicts but also to sustain hope in us and the workers for peace everywhere. The garden has a Peace Wall where visitors are invited to write their ‘peace messages’ on hanging slates on the garden wall.
Since the opening of the garden on World Peace day 2012 it has attracted pilgrims, Servas travellers, and visitors from all over the world.
Hedd Wen means blessed or tranquil peace. Inspiration for the name came from the WW1 Welsh poet Ellis Humphrey Evans whose pen name was Hedd Wyn.
Hedd Wen is supported by a small group of local Quakers and is a valued resource for local outreach activities. Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday 10.30 am in Llanfoist Village Hall a 5 minute walk away.
Standard Opening Times: Open on request. Please phone or email in advance.
Ty-Gwyn Kiln Road, Llanfoist, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 9NE, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SO 28707 13256
By car: Llanfoist village is located just a mile from Abergavenny. When approaching from the north or east at the roundabout on the outskirts of Abergavenny take the A465 Heads of the Valley exit - this bypasses the town. In less than a mile take the first left exit signed to Llanfoist village. Follow the directions to Hedd Wen below.
When approaching on the A40 from the west, on the outskirts of the town just past Nevill Hall Hospital at the next roundabout follow the signs to the A465. Go straight over another small roundabout, over the river bridge, then at the next Waitrose roundabout filter left, signed to Llanfoist.
You are now on the edge of the village. Follow this road across a mini roundabout and in approximately 100 yards turn left alongside the Spice Lounge Indian restaurant. Narrow one-way access road - Kiln Road. You will see Hedd Wen about 50 yards ahead on the right. It is a ‘back to front’ white property with double wooden doors. Parking for a few cars is available on the right side along the wall of the house.
By public transport: Abergavenny Railway Station, then Llanfoist bus from Abergavenny bus station (10 minutes walk from railway station).
On foot: 35 minute walk from railway station along the River Usk through the Castle meadows. Or a 25 minute walk from town - call for directions.
Facilities: Accessible from the street. Toilet available on site, refreshments are available with prior notice. First floor accommodation for summer visitors is possibility with advance booking.
Hospitaller’s contact details below; a second contact is Linda Green, Tel: 01873 857489 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07855 200132