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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.


A voice in The National Trust

Calling all members of the National Trust – will you help us?

In its review of nominating bodies to their Council, the National Trust has advised that we, the Gardens Trust, will appear on the ballot paper but will not be a ‘recommended’ organisation to remain on the Council.
If we are not re-elected to Council, the Gardens Trust, as the Government’s Statutory Consultee, will no longer have a voice within the National Trust regarding over 250 historic landscapes in its care.

Gardens Trust and County Gardens Trust members, and our other supporters, who are also members of the National Trust, have a chance to ensure that our views on historic landscapes continue to guide the National Trust’s work by using your vote to champion the Gardens Trust to remain a vocal and effective member of National Trust Council.

We all need to remain vigilant and work collaboratively with professionals, our members and County Gardens Trusts who have a major role to play in protecting these sites for future generations to enjoy.

The National Trust’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018 at the STEAM Museum in Swindon. Information will be sent to National Trust members and available on their website from early September. Last year there were only about 30,000 members using their vote, out of a total of 5 million+ members. Please could I ask you if you are a National Trust member to take a few moments to return the ballot papers and to vote FOR the Gardens Trust continuing to have a representative on Council.

Your vote will make a difference!

With many thanks for your support,

Dr James Bartos

Chair, The Gardens Trust



Rare opportunity:

Walled Garden Tenancy available at Hafod, Ceredigion

A knowledgeable and experienced horticulturist is sought to take on the walled kitchen garden at the heart of the Grade I registered, picturesque landscape of Hafod (SN 757730 – SY25 6DX).

The two-acre site includes two restored, 19th century Messenger glass houses and an irrigation system.
No accommodation is available and a local tenant would be preferred for that reason.

Enquiries in the first instance to the Hafod Estate: 01974 282568, or