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.

linedrawingThe 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.

Guided Walk

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.

Job Vacancy – Tywi Gateway Trust Manager

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: sallymoss@tywigateway.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday February 16 2018

Thanks For National Lottery Support

Plans to revitalise the Park, in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council and the Church in Wales, are well advanced.

Says Betsan Caldwell, chair of the charitable trust, “We know that local people are passionate about ‘Their Park’ and they’re willing us to succeed”

“But none of this can be possible without the Heritage Lottery Fund that has offered £1,274,000 – over half the total cost. We therefore want to say thank you to everybody who buys National Lottery tickets for their support”.

So please join us on a guided walk on Saturday 16th December, (postponed until the New Year – see notice here) starting at the Museum car park at 2.00 pm sharp. We’ll then explain what we hope to do and listen to your own views on how we should go about it, in readiness for work to start in the New Year.

Depending on the weather and the numbers attending we hope to finish by about 3.30 pm, in time for a cuppa and a mince-pie.

Stout footwear is recommended and dogs should be on short leads.

For more information contact 01570 422380 or michaelc.norman@outlook.com