The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) is a national organisation campaigning to save historic gardens and parks from neglect, indifference, insensitive planning and planting, for future generations.

WHGT Planning Seminar Friday Plas Dolerw , Newtown, 18 October 10.30 – 3.30


A Planning seminar for sharing experience and remaining up to date with Planning Policy Wales.
This is a free event aimed at all who are interested in planning issues concerning Historic Parks and Gardens of Wales.

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.

Please find a programme and booking form here

For further information please contact Sarah Green 


Congratulations! Michael Norman awarded an MBE

Michael Clive Norman awarded MBE. Congratulations!

Since retiring from the Royal Tank Regiment Michael’s first project in Wales was to manage the initial restoration and re-opening of access to Thomas Johnes’s great picturesque landscape at Hafod in Ceredigion and this led to the setting-up of the independent Hafod Trust in partnership with the then Forestry Commission..

Working as a volunteer he also established the independent charitable Penllergare* Trust that is conserving and revitalising the once-neglected and vandalised remnants of John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s secret and magical place at Penllergare Valley Woods, on the northern outskirts of Swansea. While there he helped to protect the associated Parc Llewelyn from inappropriate development.

At the former Bishop’s Palace in Abergwili he founded the Tywi Gateway project that aims to reintegrate and restore the gardens and parkland in partnership with the Carmarthenshire County Museum in which the gardens are set.

All three major projects originated with the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust and have been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

His highpoint in the nearly 30 years of volunteering in Welsh parks and gardens was when at Penllergare he met some teenagers at the iconic waterfall. “This is our place”, they called out. “In that case please help us to look after it”, was Michael’s reply.