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Rare orchid comes into bloom at Treborth botanic gardens

We cover them every now and again. Stories about how our strange weather has had an impact on nature. Yesterday I was filming a rare orchid at the Bangor botanic gardens which would normally only ever bloom during the Summer, it’s now in flower. The theory is that the orchid is very receptive to light … Continue reading

Llanelwedd – It’s like home!

Remembering my first Royal Welsh Show is pretty hard – because I was barely old enough to walk! As a family, we’ve always been regulars. For us, and for many farming families, it’s an annual holiday. Merthyr Tydfil isn’t what you’d call ‘rural Wales’, but many ‘townies’ enjoy a day out to the Royal Welsh, … Continue reading

£800k funding announced for National Botanical Garden of Wales

New funding for the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in Carmarthenshire, was announced today by the Welsh Assembly Government. The garden will receive £700,000 in revenue support for the 2011-12 financial year, subject to a number of agreed conditions and an additional £100,000 single payment. An independent review by PriceWaterhouseCoopers ruled all major botanic gardens need … Continue reading

Sudden Oak Death

You can only be impressed by nature at times, can’t you? Even when it seems to be at its most destructive. I was at the Afan Valley Forest Park this week which is a pleasure in itself – there are moments of breathtaking beauty as you wander among the acres of trees. I wasn’t there for … Continue reading

Welsh garden’s conservation work leads to international invite

By Michelle Owen Conservation work carried out in Carmarthenshire takes to the world stage this week in Korea at a special symposium. Dr Natasha de Vere, Head of conservation and research at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, is representing Wales at a Biodiversity Conference and Workshop. She said: “It is really fantastic that the … Continue reading

Welsh gardener grows eight stone marrow

From ITV.com/Wales It’s considered a great British tradition – growing giant vegetables for the local show but when Philip Vowles started growing marrows for the Llanharry show this September he didn’t expect his prize to reach 8stone. Believed to be a Welsh record, the mammoth marrow – which weighs in at 112lbs and over four … Continue reading

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