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 as who worked there, and what was grown there – we’d really like to hear from you, please.
And if you’d like to be part of the new team of volunteers that will help to bring the garden back to life – again, why not get in touch?
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 By
We are always interested in memories and photos of the Park because they help us to understand and respect the history of the place and the people who lived and worked here.
They also provide valuable information to guide our conservation and restoration work. For example this is Gwenonwy Owen’s description of the grounds when her father, Bishop John Owen, was in residence, 1897 – 1926.
“We had three gardens. The small one and a very large and well-cultivated one in which were the greenhouses and a big garden near the station for the potatoes and some fruit. We grew pineapples for years until it became too expensive. Also we had a lovely vine-house, divided into two parts so that there was a sequence of grapes. Another small house had orchids and lots of maidenhair fern growing in it. Yet another house had flowers such as camellias and in one corner was an orange tree – the oranges were bitter though!”
Last summer the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, helped by many enthusiastic volunteers, carried out a survey of what remains in the walled kitchen garden, described by Gwenonwy. The report will be available on the Trust’s website (see below) by the end of this month.
But does anyone remember that big garden by the station? If so, please get in touch!
Before we can start work on the trees in the Park in September Jim Unwin will carry out some more surveys and assessments. He will be on site at the end of March.
Keeping in Touch
This bulletin will be updated monthly, but if you need more information then go to our Contact Page . Or you can phone a member of the project team on 01558 825992, or 01570 422380.
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 now wait until September, the end of the bird-nesting season.
Recruiting the full-time Trust Manager is now in progress and will be followed by the Head Gardener. A temporary cabin office is planned, next to the Lodge.
The Tywi Gateway Centre
The semi-derelict storage wing of the Museum; the former Palace larder, dairy and laundry, will be repaired and converted as visitor facilities including learning, interpretation and the all-important coffee shop. This is an artist’s impression of what it will look like on completion.
You and Your Dog
Please help us to keep Bishop’s Park as an enjoyable, safe and healthy place to visit by keeping your dog on a lead at all times.
There will be a guided walk on Saturday 24 February, starting from the car-park at 2.15 pm, to explain the historical background and discuss plans for the project, including in the walled garden. We recommend stout footwear.
Keeping in Touch
This bulletin will be updated monthly, but if you need more information then go to our Contact Us page, or you can phone a member of the project team on 01558 825992, or 01570 422380.
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 for visitors, staff and volunteers alike, heralding a new and exciting phase in the history of the site. A site which has at its heart the Grade 11 Listed former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, which now houses Carmarthenshire County Museum.
You will be responsible to the Tywi Gateway Trust and, working with project partners, will undertake the management of the Grade 11 Registered Bishop’s Park and the Tywi Gateway Centre – with emphasis on the successful delivery of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Parks for People’ project. In undertaking this work, public access and enjoyment, education and training will be balanced with the protection and enhancement of the cultural, historic and ecological features.
You will need to demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach and an ability to work to high standards within tight deadlines. Responsible initially for delivering the project and then for operational management including visitor services and promotion, staff and volunteer management, work planning, financial and asset management, services and supplies, security, health & safety – and developing and maintaining partnership and shared goals with Carmarthenshire County Museum.
Starting salary: F/T 37hr week, £35,000 per annum. Initially the post will be a three-year contract
The ability to communicate effectively in Welsh is desirable, but not essential. Active learners welcomed.
For further information and to download a Job Description please click here.
Applications will be with a covering letter and CV: email@example.com
Closing date for applications: Friday February 16 2018