Remembering David Harbinson; and NGS open garden for medical charities
Remembering David Harbinson
There is often a story behind gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme with
garden owners opening their gardens to raise money for charity despite their own
Three years ago David suffered a major heart attack and spent a month in hospital
following a triple bypass operation; as a result David and Rosemary decided to open
their garden at Bryncelyn, Llanfyllin to raise money for Medical Charities, with their
donkeys as part of the experience. They wholeheartedly embraced the National
Garden Scheme by planning to open for two weekends one in June and one in
September, also offering visits by arrangement. Even when David was diagnosed
with terminal cancer he continued with this plan, and the dates became a target to
Sadly David passed away on Saturday 31st August, two weeks short of his target.
David has chosen that his body should be given to a Cancer Research programme, so
there will be no funeral at this stage. The Open Garden weekend on 14 th /15 th
September will raise much needed funds for medical and nursing charities as well as
being a tribute and memorial to David, but it is appreciated that the travelling
distance would only be practical for very few, so a ‘Just Giving Page’ at
has been set up in memory of David for any friend or Donkey Breed Society member
wishing to make a small donation towards the Garden under construction at the
Robert James and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.
Specialist gardens are being created at selected hospitals around the country so that
end of life care patients can be wheeled out into a tranquil environment enhanced
with trees, shrubs and flowers, an initiative which has assumed even greater
importance over the last few weeks when all David wished for was some fresh air
Bryncelyn is open from 1 – 5pm on both Saturday 14 th and Sunday 15 th September.
You can find Bryncelyn at Lluest Lane, Cwmnantymeichaid, Llanfyllin, SY22 5NE;
Admission is £4 for adults, children free.