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Nant y Bedd

Abergavenny

Blending wild and tame, 6½ acre garden described as 'Absolutely enchanting', 'of the place', 'so imaginative'. Set high in the Black Mountains by the Grwyne Fawr river with places to sit & enjoy the tranquility. An 'amazing mixture and riot of interest' with vegetables and fruit, mature trees and water. 'A lesson in working with the land and listening to what she tells you.' 'Visionary gardening.'.
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    Nant-y-Bedd Garden is a 6½ acre wild and tame organically managed garden nestling in an imposing mature forest in the Black Mountains. The garden blends seamlessly into the special landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

    The garden has developed over nearly 40 years, taking cues from the landscape and nature, and is continuing to evolve and embrace the challenges of a mostly damp, cool and shady setting to advantage. The Cottage Garden with its mix of old-fashioned cottage favourites surrounds the house and a path leads across the Nant-y-Bedd stream to the Forest Fruit Garden where exotics like Japanese Wineberry, Honeyberry, Musk Strawberries and Szechuan Peppercorn enjoy the shade of a variety of mature trees.

    Across a quiet road is the productive Potager which is described as walking ‘into another world. Wild wayside flowers – purple spires of toadflax, orange poppies and acid yellow parsnip flowers – wrestle with broad beans, hops and climbing peas.’ From here a path, fringed with flowering ground elder and coppiced willow, leads across a rope bridge through a small wildflower meadow to a natural swimming pond with a breath-taking view down the valley across open pasture. Bordered on one side by colossal Douglas Fir trees, native marginals, such as flag iris, purple loosestrife and marsh marigold keep the water crystal clear whilst newts and dragonflies animate the verges. The still water reflects the drama of the location.

    The garden tour continues with a path which leads down to the sparkling waters of the Grwyne Fawr river, where bluebells in the Spring and wild angelica in the summer clothe the river bank, returning to the Potager through the contrasting dark, shady forest.

    This garden is a forager’s and photographer’s paradise, organic gardeners admire the compost heaps and learn about no-dig gardening, whilst children just enjoy it.

    Sue & Ian are also proud of their efforts in living in the most eco-friendly way possible, planting to help wildlife, using the local timber for cooking and heating (see the attention grabbing wood-stores!), making their own compost and woodchip paths. See the micro-hydro electricity generating system using the garden’s stream and Ian’s plant supports and benches – for sale!

    See www.nantybedd.com and Nantybeddgarden on Instagram for more details about this lovely garden. Nant y Bedd is an RHS Partner Garden.

    Make the effort to visit (or revisit) Nant y Bedd; you’ll not regret it!

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Features and Attractions

Productive organic vegetable and fruit gardens, stream, forest and river walk, wildflowers, natural swimming pond, tree sculpture, shepherd’s hut and eco-features. Ducks, chickens, sheep, pigs, cats. Plants and garden accessories for sale. See www.nantybedd.com for details.

Press and Media Coverage

Featured in House & Garden, Country Homes & Interiors, The Organic Way, and Small Woods An RHS Partner Garden.

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Nant y Bedd- Canceled

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Owner Information

Sue & Ian Mabberley
01873 890219
garden@nantybedd.com
http://www.nantybedd.com

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Nant y Bedd
Grwyne Fawr
Fforest Coal Pit
Abergavenny
Gwent
NP7 7LY

In Grwyne Fawr valley.
  • More detailed directions
    From A465 Llanv Crucorney, direction Llanthony, then L to Fforest Coal Pit. At grey telephone box cont for 4½m towards Grwyne Fawr Reservoir.

More about Nant y Bedd

Nant-y-Bedd Garden is a 6½ acre wild and tame organically managed garden nestling in an imposing mature forest in the Black Mountains. The garden blends seamlessly into the special landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The garden has developed over nearly 40 years, taking cues from the landscape and nature, and is continuing to evolve and embrace the challenges of a mostly damp, cool and shady setting to advantage. The Cottage Garden with its mix of old-fashioned cottage favourites surrounds the house and a path leads across the Nant-y-Bedd stream to the Forest Fruit Garden where exotics like Japanese Wineberry, Honeyberry, Musk Strawberries and Szechuan Peppercorn enjoy the shade of a variety of mature trees.

Across a quiet road is the productive Potager which is described as walking ‘into another world. Wild wayside flowers – purple spires of toadflax, orange poppies and acid yellow parsnip flowers – wrestle with broad beans, hops and climbing peas.’ From here a path, fringed with flowering ground elder and coppiced willow, leads across a rope bridge through a small wildflower meadow to a natural swimming pond with a breath-taking view down the valley across open pasture. Bordered on one side by colossal Douglas Fir trees, native marginals, such as flag iris, purple loosestrife and marsh marigold keep the water crystal clear whilst newts and dragonflies animate the verges. The still water reflects the drama of the location.

The garden tour continues with a path which leads down to the sparkling waters of the Grwyne Fawr river, where bluebells in the Spring and wild angelica in the summer clothe the river bank, returning to the Potager through the contrasting dark, shady forest.

This garden is a forager’s and photographer’s paradise, organic gardeners admire the compost heaps and learn about no-dig gardening, whilst children just enjoy it.

Sue & Ian are also proud of their efforts in living in the most eco-friendly way possible, planting to help wildlife, using the local timber for cooking and heating (see the attention grabbing wood-stores!), making their own compost and woodchip paths. See the micro-hydro electricity generating system using the garden’s stream and Ian’s plant supports and benches – for sale!

See www.nantybedd.com and Nantybeddgarden on Instagram for more details about this lovely garden. Nant y Bedd is an RHS Partner Garden.

Make the effort to visit (or revisit) Nant y Bedd; you’ll not regret it!

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