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.


New Head Gardener

The Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that Piers Lunt has been appointed as Prif Arddwr-Head Gardener and will take up this new post on September 3rd 2018.

Piers was the Botanical Horticulturist/Arborist at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW) and has a wide knowledge of, and deep enthusiasm for, plants and gardens. His special interest is in the blending of horticultural craft with natural features – with a keen eye for sensitive design.

Piers feels very strongly that “parks and gardens are of paramount importance to the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve and for the continued, safe enjoyment of all visitors”. As at NBGW he will be working with teams of volunteers.


New Trust Manager

The Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that Louise Austin has been appointed as the Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn – Tywi Gateway Trust Manager and will take up this new post on August 20th 2018.

Her primary role is as project manager and budget holder for the exciting redevelopment of the Bishop’s Park. An archaeologist by profession she worked for several years at Dyfed Archaeological Trust managing major projects, before becoming Heritage Officer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, delivering and developing the parkland regeneration project.

Louise believes that her new post here “is a fantastic opportunity, to achieve the conservation and protection of this important historic park and garden. It will also benefit the county museum, the local community of the Tywi Valley and the broader region through greater use and enjoyment of the site”.

Louise can be contacted on