It’s a real fairytale. A South Wales landscape garden that’s been slumbering under overgrown trees and shrubs for nearly 100 years is being gently woken by local volunteers.
Through hard work, persistence and community spirit by local volunteers and with the financial support of sponsors and the Friends of Penllergare membership scheme, we have been working hard over the last decade or so to maintain and to restore the Penllergare landscape to the romantic style shown in the photographs of John Dillwyn Llewelyn who created it.
Over the past years our volunteers, staff and contractors have worked to restore the Upper Lake, Carriage Drive, Lower Lake, and historic paths and steps. More recently, work has been done to restore and replant the Terrace Rockwork Garden and cascades, and this is still ongoing.
We are now looking to start Phase Two of our restoration – the Walled Gardens and Orchid House. We are in the process of raising £90,000 in match-funding in order to secure a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to proceed with this project.
Finding ways to generate income to sustain our work in Penllergare Valley Woods as well as to fund new initiatives will always be a priority. If you love and value Penllergare, please help us to look after it by joining our Friends of Penllergare membership scheme, giving a donation, or volunteering.