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Colby Woodland Garden

Narberth, Pembrokeshie

8 acre woodland garden in a secluded valley with fine collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. Wildflower meadow and stream with rope swings and stepping stones for children to explore and play. Ornamental walled garden incl unusual gazebo, designed by Wyn Jones, with internal tromp l'oeil. Incl in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens: Pembrokeshire.
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    Colby Woodland Garden sits in a sheltered valley 5m NE of Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast. The valley itself runs SE down to Carmarthen Bay at Amroth 1½ miles away and this sheltered location gives the ideal conditions for the well established woodland garden which exists there today.The walled garden is now managed by the National Trust, but was planted and maintained for over 20 years by Mr and Mrs Scourfield-Lewis, who also opened it to the visiting public during the whole of that time. The Woodland Garden consists of steeply wooded sides leading down to a secluded meadow, rich in wild flowers, through which runs a pleasant stream with bridges and stepping stones. The woodland holds an extensive collection of rhododendron, camellia, azalea, hydrangea, acer and ornamental bamboos. There are some fine trees including very large silver fir. The Japanese red cedar here is the largest specimen in Great Britain and Ireland, standing over 40m tall. The wider estate woodland, (116 acres in total) through which there are many beautiful walks, also contains other champion trees including the largest Chamaecyparis 'Triomph von Boskoop' currently recorded. For many years the estate was extensively mined for anthracite and the garden contains many mine shafts and other industrial archaeological remains. The first large scale ornamental garden on the site came into being during the ownership of Samuel Kay who bought the property in 1873, his daughter Mrs Crossland continued the work, as did her niece Miss Mason who left the woodland garden to National Trust after her death. A later bequest by Mr and Mrs Chance paid for a substantial replanting, greatly enhancing the Rhododendron collection. In recent years a substantial collection of hydrangeas has been planted to extend the season of interest in the woodland garden and clearance of Rhododendron ponticum has opened up new vistas and given access to glades of Bluebells in the woodlands in Spring.

Features and Attractions

Extensive play area for children incl den building and log climbing. Free family activities incl duck racing, pond dipping, etc. Children under 5, free entry. Full range of refreshments incl lunches.

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Colby Woodland Garden- Canceled

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Owner Information

National Trust
01834 811885
colby@nationaltrust.org.uk
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/colby-woodland-garden

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Colby Woodland Garden
Amroth
Narberth, Pembrokeshie
Pembrokeshire
SA67 8PP

6m N of Tenby, 5m SE of Narberth.
Accessibility information

Partial access for wheelchair users.

More about Colby Woodland Garden

Colby Woodland Garden sits in a sheltered valley 5m NE of Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast. The valley itself runs SE down to Carmarthen Bay at Amroth 1½ miles away and this sheltered location gives the ideal conditions for the well established woodland garden which exists there today.The walled garden is now managed by the National Trust, but was planted and maintained for over 20 years by Mr and Mrs Scourfield-Lewis, who also opened it to the visiting public during the whole of that time. The Woodland Garden consists of steeply wooded sides leading down to a secluded meadow, rich in wild flowers, through which runs a pleasant stream with bridges and stepping stones. The woodland holds an extensive collection of rhododendron, camellia, azalea, hydrangea, acer and ornamental bamboos. There are some fine trees including very large silver fir. The Japanese red cedar here is the largest specimen in Great Britain and Ireland, standing over 40m tall. The wider estate woodland, (116 acres in total) through which there are many beautiful walks, also contains other champion trees including the largest Chamaecyparis 'Triomph von Boskoop' currently recorded. For many years the estate was extensively mined for anthracite and the garden contains many mine shafts and other industrial archaeological remains. The first large scale ornamental garden on the site came into being during the ownership of Samuel Kay who bought the property in 1873, his daughter Mrs Crossland continued the work, as did her niece Miss Mason who left the woodland garden to National Trust after her death. A later bequest by Mr and Mrs Chance paid for a substantial replanting, greatly enhancing the Rhododendron collection. In recent years a substantial collection of hydrangeas has been planted to extend the season of interest in the woodland garden and clearance of Rhododendron ponticum has opened up new vistas and given access to glades of Bluebells in the woodlands in Spring.

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