Lottery grant for National Botanic Garden of Wales

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is celebrating a lottery award that will kick-start the biggest development in its history.

A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund announced today (March 1) signals the launch of the construction phase of a £7.2 million project to restore the landscape of one of the finest Regency waterparks in Britain.

The original owners of the estate where the Garden now stands began to lay out formal gardens from the late 16th century using wealth gained from procuring spices, herbs and other goods as founders of the East India Company in the early 1600s.

It was not until the estate was bought by MP for Carmarthen William Paxton in 1789 that the grounds came into their own.

Samuel Lapidge , a protégé of Capability Brown’s, was commissioned to design the landscape and gardens to include an innovative water park with water flowing around the estate linked by a network of dams, sluices, bridges and cascades.

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates said: “Our natural heritage is a precious resource, and combining the Botanic Garden’s horticulture expertise with its own history will make an exciting and powerful new visitor attraction for Wales.

“The Welsh Government is a proud supporter of the Botanic Garden and we welcome this investment which will help provide new skills and training for volunteers and apprentices.”