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How Green Is My Valley: Gardens and Industry in South Wales

WHGT 30th Anniversary Weekend – 10-12 May 2019
Angel Hotel,15 Cross St, Abergavenny, NP7 5EN

Explore the ornamental landscapes developed in the midst of the industrial revolution in South-east Wales, which today can be enjoyed for recreation. Garden Historian Dianne Long, specialising in Georgian industrialists’ landscapes, will lead the exploration of the ornamental landscapes developed by the industrial entrepreneurs.

Detail: South Wales Industrial landscape, Penry Williams c.1825, NLW

Further information
The programme with booking form
Information on Hotels

You can book online. An online payment form (for use after you book) is here.

Trustees Wanted for Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn – The Tywi Gateway Trust

Do you love Carmarthenshire? Do you care about our heritage, landscape and the environment? Would you like to be involved at the start of something new and exciting?

Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn – The Tywi Gateway Trust was set up to support the community based redevelopment of the Bishop’s Park at Abergwili, and was fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make this happen. The Grade II registered park, with its pleasure and walled gardens, is notable for its cultural and archaeological history, and also for landscape features like the Great Meadow, the Bishop’s Pond (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) or the famous ‘ha-ha’. At its heart is the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, a listed building, which is now the Carmarthenshire County Museum.

Our vision is to create a place that we can all be proud of – for enjoyment, recreation, learning, participation and fun. Our new visitor facilities will be integrated with those of the Museum to help assure the future of both – a truly unique partnership. Two new members of staff have recently started work – the Trust Manager and Head Gardener – who will give the project new impetus.

At the end of the development phase some of our current Trustees are retiring shortly, and we are looking for a maximum of 5 new trustees to join the Board to deliver and sustain the project in the long term. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that the organisation functions within legal and financial requirements of a charity, and to be responsible through teamwork for overall governance, leadership and strategic direction.

We are particularly looking for people with managerial experience in finance (our current Treasurer is leaving in November), as well as fund-raising, education, heritage attractions, marketing and social media. However, skills in business, horticulture, the built and natural environment and the arts would be of interest. We would also like to see more Welsh speakers on the Board, as well as people with experience of working in or with membership organisations in the charitable sector.

Find out more on (CC3) The Essential Trustee

Apples of Wales

Apples of Wales
ISBN: 9781845242848
Carwyn Graves

Publication September 2018
Format: Paperback, 150×155 mm

The apple. A familiar, comforting fruit. And a fruit that has a long history in Wales. Apples of Wales tells the untold story of apple growing in Wales, a story that extends from the mists of time into the twentieth century.

Author Biography:
Originally from Cardiff, Carwyn has come via Oxford to settle in Carmarthen. He tries his best to be a husband, father, gardener, linguist and Christian, and sometimes manages. Carwyn was one of the group behind the project to establish a heritage orchard of native Welsh apples in the National Botanic Garden of Wales for the first time. The orchard will open in 2018.

Further Information:
The heritage of Welsh apples is a fascinating journey through mythology, medieval poetry, cuisine, alcohol, religion and farming. As we follow the tale, we will see that the story of the apple touches every corner of the country, and throws light on its wider history from unexpected angles.