The Tywi Gateway Project
Once set on the banks of the River Tywi, in the beautiful Tywi Valley, for nearly 500 years the Bishop’s Park was the private garden of the Bishops of St. Davids. Today, what remains of the park is now open to the public all year round and is a much-loved place to take a stroll and follow in the footsteps of the Bishops of St Davids.
Over its long history the park's landscape has gone through many changes reflecting the fashions of the time, changes in its use and more dramatically the forces of nature. The most recent changes were made in the 1970s when part of the grounds were chosen as the site on which to build a new Bishop’s Palace. The old Bishop’s Palace eventually becoming the home of the fascinating Carmarthenshire County Museum and no visit to the Bishop’s Park is complete without exploring this jewel of a museum.
Despite the many changes that have taken place, as we look around the Bishop’s Park today we can still see the remains of these earlier parks. The wonderful but overgrown Walled Kitchen Garden with its quaint cottage ornee, the old pathways through the trees, the ha ha overlooking The Great Meadow and the Bishop’s Pond with its secret island, all offer us a hint at the one time splendour of these important and peaceful grounds.
This undiscovered jewel set within a landscape famously known as the Garden of Wales is a truly unique site and though its glory is somewhat faded the Tywi Gateway Project is working to restore the Bishop’s Park to it former grandeur.
Historic Parkland and Walks
In preparation for our taking over the walled kitchen garden, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust carried out extensive surveys in 2017, including the remains of glasshouses, and with the help of local volunteers. The Trust’s report is available here. If anyone has photos or memories of the garden – such
Have Your Say! There will be a guided walk on Saturday 24 March, starting from the car-park at 2.15 pm, to explain and discuss our plans for the project, including in the walled garden. Please join in and have a say on the future of your Park! Days Gone
Tenure We’re in the final stages of agreeing the leases – with the County Council for the pleasure gardens, and with the Church in Wales for the walled garden. The Trust will then be responsible for the upkeep of the grounds, although all major works involving trees and shrubs must
Are you passionate about heritage and culture? Excited by the prospect of developing and managing an innovative and collaborative project? Have managerial experience of major restoration projects? Then this is a unique opportunity. The Trust Manager will lead a team making the Bishop’s Park an original, enjoyable and rewarding venue