Tree Work at the Bishop’s Park


Now that the Tywi Gateway Trust is actively managing the Bishop’s Park it is vital that we look after the health of our trees and woodland.

This means that we need to do lots of work on them throughout the Park to improve the site for people and wildlife, and to give us the opportunity to plant many more.

To find out more please visit us at Abergwili Church Hall on December 17th from 5-7pm.

Further information can also be found here,

or you can contact head gardener Piers Lunt directly via email:

Gateway to Gardening

Become a volunteer with the Tywi Gateway Trust and join Piers in the Park on Wednesday 14th November from 10.00 til 3.00.


The Tywi Gateway Trust is getting all gardening tooled up in the Bishop’s Park, Abergwili, home of Carmarthenshire’s County Museum.  Piers Lunt, the Trust’s new head gardener is asking for volunteers to come and help. Piers will, over the forthcoming months, be developing a team of gardening assistants to help clear and cultivate the overgrown Walled Kitchen Garden.

This secret garden (previously only accessible to the Bishops of St Davids) is to be brought back into production. Through helping to grow fruit and vegetables volunteers can learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy the peace and beauty of this hidden gem.

For more information please contact

Trustees Wanted

Do you love Carmarthenshire? Do you care about our heritage, landscape and the environment? Would you like to be involved at the start of something new and exciting?

Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn – The Tywi Gateway Trust was set up to support the community based redevelopment of the Bishop’s Park at Abergwili, and was fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make this happen. The Grade II registered park, with its pleasure and walled gardens, is notable for its cultural and archaeological history, and also for landscape features like the Great Meadow, the Bishop’s Pond (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) or the famous ‘ha-ha’. At its heart is the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, a listed building, which is now the Carmarthenshire County Museum.

Our vision is to create a place that we can all be proud of – for enjoyment, recreation, learning, participation and fun. Our new visitor facilities will be integrated with those of the Museum to help assure the future of both – a truly unique partnership. Two new members of staff have recently started work – the Trust Manager and Head Gardener – who will give the project new impetus.

At the end of the development phase some of our current Trustees are retiring shortly, and we are looking for a maximum of 5 new trustees to join the Board to deliver and sustain the project in the long term. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that the organisation functions within legal and financial requirements of a charity, and to be responsible through teamwork for overall governance, leadership and strategic direction.

We are particularly looking for people with managerial experience in finance (our current Treasurer is leaving in November), as well as fund-raising, education, heritage attractions, marketing and social media. However, skills in business, horticulture, the built and natural environment and the arts would be of interest. We would also like to see more Welsh speakers on the Board, as well as people with experience of working in or with membership organisations in the charitable sector.

Find out more on (CC3) The Essential Trustee

For further details and to express an interest, please contact:

The Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with voting Members other than its Charity Trustees. CIO Registered No. 1167244. 


Open Doors – the Walled Kitchen Garden

Piers Lunt, Tywi Gateway Trust Head Gardener, opening the door to the Walled Kitchen Garden

Piers Lunt, Tywi Gateway Trust Head Gardener, opening the door to the Walled Kitchen Garden

On 22nd and 23rd of September, in conjunction with Carmarthenshire County Museum, we will be opening the door to the Walled Kitchen Garden as part of the Cadw Open Doors scheme, encouraging free access to historic sites during September.

Between 11am and 3pm you can enter the walled garden and view the surviving elements of the Bishop’s kitchen garden before the restoration project really gets underway. Although currently derelict and overgrown the walled garden has surviving fruit trees with a great fruit crop to see and taste. Tywi Gateway Trust staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the project and invite visitors to join them on their restoration journey.

Come to the Museum from 10.00 to 4.30 and find out more about their collections – from geology and books to how to look after your household treasures  –  join in the fun activities for all the family.