Despite lockdown and the closure of the Bishops Park to the public, great progress is being made with the restoration of these historic gardens at Abergwili. In May specialist conservation builders David Siggery Ltd. started on the repair of the 250 year old walls of the walled garden, where fruit and veg were once grown for the table of the Bishops of Saint Davids. The builders are also repairing the 300m long Ha-ha, a ditch and sunken wall built to separate the Bishop’s gardens from the animals grazing on the meadows beyond. This early 19th century garden features was designed so that the Bishops gardens appeared to extend uninterrupted across the Tywi valley, like the water of an infinity pool becoming one with the ocean.
Alongside the Tywi Gateway Project the County Council’s repairs to the Old Bishops Palace roof are also progressing well with the contractors, TAD Builders Ltd., making the most of the fine weather.
In the light of the announcement by Carmarthenshire County Council on the 11th of June to re-open Carmarthenshire parks and gardens, the Tywi Gateway Trust are working with the Council and the site contractors to find a safe way to re-open the Bishops Park, Abergwili to the public on the 3rd July.
As well as social distancing amongst the park’s visitors, arrangements need to be made to keep our site contractors, volunteers and staff safe. With the increased activity and vehicle movements of two contractor teams on site we will have to restrict further vehicle access to the site. On re-opening we will therefore be initially welcoming visitors on foot only.