Treborth Botanic Garden

AFN By AFN, 10th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Treborth Botanic Garden in Gwynedd, North Wales is situated beside the Menai strait and at just two miles from Bangor is a delightful hidden pleasure, I say hidden as many people go over Menai Bridge each day and don’t even realise it’s there.

A bit of history

Most people will (like me) want to know how the gardens came to be, but if you are uninterested in why, who or how you can always skip to the what.

The site was originally developed in 1840s as a pleasure garden by the Chester and Holyhead railway company.
It was laid out to the design of Sir Joseph Paxton who rose to fame when he designed the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London to house the great exhibition in 1851. Features of his design can be seen today, such as the lime avenue. It was to be part of Britannia Park, a Victorian extravaganza with conservatories, a station on the main railway line and a Grand Hotel, but alas, never came to pass. Funding stopped and the site was left to become pasture and woodland.
Until one shining day in 1960 when the University College of North Wales (now Bangor University) bought the land with the idea of developing it into a collection of plants for the University's Department of Botany.
When the Department of Botany closed, the Garden continued to be used by other departments within the University for teaching, in particular for environmental courses.
In recent years, Treborth Botanic Garden has come under threat of closure by Bangor University due to high running costs (everything comes down to dosh! ), but this threat has been largely countered (yay!) by the Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden, a volunteer group with charitable status that helps in the day-to-day running of the Garden, and the Students for Treborth Action Group (STAG), a Bangor University Students' Union society formed to safeguard the Garden for use by the students and population of Bangor. Let’s give them three cheers, all together now!!

(So now you impatient peeps here’s your bit!)

What can you do and see and hear?

Well, there’s the flowers, trees, birds and bees folks. So what plants and trees are there I hear you muse…..

They have a robust Rock garden, two peaceful ponds, brilliant Bamboos, an amazing Arboreta and wonderful woodland paths.

The garden boasts many lovely native trees including Welsh apple trees, Silver birch trees, tall Oak and Ash trees, Yew, holly, and many others.

The diverse range of flowers includes Fuchsias, Poppies, Primroses, Lavender, Sunflower, Thyme, Flax, Lilies, Orchids (they have a rare Orchid called Stanhopea that smells like chocolate!!) and Tulips.

Many Glass houses, a Bubble house (Not quite sure what this is, so instead I’m playing on the name and saying beware, beware, the bubbles are there!) and a lab... but you need to make an appointment for entry to these.

They have medley of meadowland areas with over 150 species, all natives that include wild grasses, bluebells, foxglove and much more.
These can be found under the heading Wild flower meadows.

At Treborth botanic garden you will hear and possibly see many different birds such as woodpeckers, owls, buzzards, ravens, goldfinches, wagtails, thrushes, jays, ospreys and terns. Birds are not all they have to offer, they also have rabbits, grey and red squirrels, hedgehogs, otters, butterflies, moths and sometimes you might spot another person.

So don’t loiter if you need a day out grab a blanket and pack some lunch (or there’s a good pub/restaurant very near to the gardens) and get yourselves down to Treborth Botanic gardens. You can even take dogs with you providing they are on a lead. Entry is free but if you enjoy yourselves a small donation would be appreciated I’m sure.
Have fun!


The Photo.

The photo above is my own, taken with a camera phone in Treborth. it has been colour corrected and cropped.

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