IN A dreamy wooded valley with water all around, there is a very special experience to be discovered.
Paid for with the fruits of a remarkable fundraising effort, the Regency Restoration Project is the largest work undertaken by the National Botanic Garden of Wales since it opened in May 2000.
Over 200 years ago it was one of the UK’s finest water parks. It took five years and over £ 7million. We saw the restoration of a 1.5 km lake, a waterfall and a waterfall; a new dam 350 meters long built, six new bridges. . . but now it is restored and ready to be seen by all.
Fancy a walk? There are miles of perfect trails that encompass all the amazing features.
Do you like wildlife? Bask in the bounty of nature, where kingfishers, sulfur butterflies, otters and wild trout thrive.
Looking for the perfect family day out? It is a place for adventure. To explore. Look under the rocks, step back in time and re-enact being children where there is freedom, space and beauty in which you can lose yourself on a wonderful journey of discovery and pleasure. For children of all ages.
This is only part of what is on offer at the National Garden, of course.
The Botanical Garden is also home to the British Bird of Prey Center – a unique collection of raptors and the only place in the UK where you can see a golden eagle and a European sea eagle flying, with great flight shows every day. It offers impressive encounters with remarkable creatures and guaranteed, unforgettable, up-close and personal experiences with owls, hawks, hawks, eagles, kestrels and red kites.
The centerpiece of the Botanical Garden is the impressive glass dome that is Lord Foster’s Great Greenhouse, which houses one of the finest collections of plants from the Mediterranean climate zone in the world.
All around the Grande Serre you will find many paths to take and every corner is something to savor, appreciate and admire.
A little further on you will find the ambitious Arboretum, where we cultivate trees and shrubs from all over the world with wild harvested seeds – planted for the future and fast growing.
Further still and you are on the wider estate where specially laid out and clearly marked routes will transport you to new and amazing revelations – wild wax meadows where brightly colored red, green and yellow mushrooms nestle like improbable gems. in the bushy grass of chewed-pasture sheep; and where trees and hedges teem with white gorges and flycatchers.
Not far from here, the carefully managed hay meadows reveal a treasure trove of orchids and other beautiful, almost forgotten country wildflowers like the jagged blackbird, yellow rattle, knapweed, great bruelle, eyebright and a abundance of orchids.
Be sure to include in your itinerary the unique and historic double-walled garden, a scorching tropical house, the bustling Bee Garden, our Welsh heritage orchard and a newly planted grove of over 100 cherry trees.
For more information on the Botanical Garden, please visit the website https://botanicgarden.wales/.