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Gwent Gazette

Posted At: 17:29 08/05/07

"Pupil is hoping festival website will be a hit"

Do you remember the Garden Festival of Wales in 1992? Whether your answer is yes or no, you should definitely log on to

The site has been created by an Ebbw Vale schoolboy to make sure no one forgets the event that attracted more than two million visitors.

Gwent Gazette ArticleMathew Parker, of Drysiog Street, Briery Hill, was aged only one, when the Garden Festival closed but he has a special interest in the town changing event.

The Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School student recently decided to gather scattered information and combine it into a web site which everyone can look at and enjoy.

The 16-year-old designed the web site with help of friends, family and members of the community.

The web site went live on May 1st, 2007 to celebrate 15 years of the Garden Festival's official launch
"I believe an event like that should never be forgotten", Mathew said.

"I hope the website helps people remember the way the Garden Festival was."

The impressive website features a lot of written information about the Garden Festival, a number of nostalgic pictures in the image gallery to browse through and a guestbook where visitors can leave their memories.

"My aim was to make a web site which is a good informational source for all those who are also doing projects elsewhere throughout the UK and study the effects the Garden Festival has had on Ebbw Vale" Mathew said.

"I would like to thank the members of the community who contributed towards the website, Blaenau Gwent council and the Vision Foundation.
"I am also still looking for any new information or pictures to add to the site.

"I will be very grateful for all contributions, no matter how small."

[i]Article by Jamie Robins, Photo by Mathew Parker[/i]