Artworks inspired by Ruperra Castle will be on display at the Senedd exhibition

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Ruperra Castle, near Draethen

Ruperra Castle lay derelict in the countryside near Draethen for 80 years.

The Grade II* listed building was once part of the Tredegar estate, which covered 53,000 acres, the equivalent of more than 35,000 football pitches.

Built in 1626, the castle was a lavish residence for the aristocracy before becoming a base for soldiers during World War II.

However, a fire ravaged the castle on December 6, 1941, destroying it from the inside and leaving it in the state of ruin it is in today.

Now activists are determined to restore and preserve the castle for community use.

The chateau will feature in an art exhibition to be held at the Senedd on Thursday 25 May – with embroideries created by the artist Haf Weighton on display.

The purpose of the work is to help visualize a future for the ruin, which campaigners from the Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust say is at risk of collapse.

Activists worked alongside Ms Weighton on the project, which will be on display at the Senedd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors do not need to book their visit to the exhibition in advance – visitors can help complete the artwork by creating their own embroideries.

Ms Weighton said: ‘I am so proud to be associated with Ruperra. I grew up in Lisvane and as a kid loved walking around the old ruins and imagining Ruperra in its former glory. I’m excited to help the local community visualize what the castle might look like once their new vision is finally realised.

Caerphilly Senedd member Hefin David said: “Ruperra Castle is a very special place for me.

“Situated in a beautiful, newly designated green belt between Cardiff, Newport and the city of Caerphilly, it is a place to cherish and I know many of my constituents walk and cycle in the area.

“It is wonderful to see the local community committing to a vision for the future of the castle, which I hope can be secured very soon.”

The trust will also speak about its vision for the future of Ruperra Castle on Wednesday, June 1.

The event will take place at Rudry Parish Hall from 10.30am and will include a walk to the castle. Participants must book in advance at ruperracastle.wales/news-and-events/category/events


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What is the Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust?

The Ruperra Castle Preservation Trust was established in 1996 with the aim of purchasing and preserving the castle and the lands around it.

The castle is owned by Hyder and Victoria Al-Khafaji, who have submitted plans to redevelop parts of the Ruperra Castle estate.

The plans were submitted to Caerphilly County Borough Council in 2019 but no decision has yet been made.

The owners want to turn the stables near the castle into seven “residential units” and move a bat roost to the former kitchen greenhouse on the site.

However, the trust opposes this and has called for the development of a “holistic real estate master plan” before any decision is made.

The trust said it wants to repair the castle for future generations and manage its gardens, grounds and outbuildings with a caretaker living on site.

The trust also wants to use the castle as a base for heritage, archaeology, gardening and vocational training and encourage sustainable access.

The trust has urged anyone wishing to support its aims to work together to ensure there is “something to celebrate” as the castle celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2026.


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