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Dose of positivity is perfect tonic for Anglesey's lost garden.

A NEW "drink-drop" herbal beverage produced on Anglesey is helping to regenerate one of the finest walled gardens in Britain.

Candida Meyrick launched her business, Positive Potions, as an off-shoot of her restoration work at the Bodorgan Estate's derelict kitchen garden.

Despite being told the garden was "impossible"' to revive, she has spent the past decade creating an organic, permaculture garden.

When cancer struck three years ago, she struggled to find products which didn't contain sugar or sweeteners, and so decided to create her own.

"Sugar is the number one cancer food," she said.

Last year Candida - who has also published six historical fiction novels under the name Candida Clark - began experimenting with botanical tinctures extracted from the garden's flowers and herbs.

The result was Positive Potions - 30ml bottles of concentrated tinctures that can be added to still or sparkling water to make refreshing beverages.

Yesterday they made their Royal Welsh bow under the Cywain umbrella, set up to help fledgling food producers.

Long queues of show visitors built up to sample a product billed as a "world first".

"It's a lifeline for diabetics and for parents who don't want their children drinking sugary drinks," said Candida, 47.

"The drinks are packed with antioxidants, super-botanicals and, of course, plenty of flavour."

Positive Potions, in four flavours, are currently sold in Bangor's Bliss Cafe and Hootons Homegrown, Brynsiencyn. Candida, who is trialing four new flavours at Llanelwedd, will soon open a production unit on the estate.

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