Work is now well underway on a major restoration project within the mansion at the heart of Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire.
This will involve an extensive programme that will see the restoration of the main hall, the reinstating of an elegant staircase, and work on the interior of the East Wing of this historic grade II listed house.
Roger Evans, the chief executive of the Aberglasney Restoration Trust, said:
“The gardens have come a long way since their derelict state less than 15 years ago. The very fact that this work is being carried out is an indication of the desire of our charitable trust to build on the success of the gardens as a centre for excellence in heritage gardening, as well as to enhance the aesthetic beauty of the gardens for the enjoyment of our visitors.”
“The works will be a huge boost to Aberglasney and will give us many more options for exhibitions and events throughout the year, also providing us with meeting facilities, as well as adding a great deal to the general visitor experience.”
Previous work on the mansion – carried out in 1999 – included external restoration work of the north and west wings and the reconstruction of the Portico entrance. In 2004/5 the interior ground floor of the west wing was restored to create exhibition space and a conference room, and an indoor garden was created within the ruins of the mansion’s courtyard and central rooms. Named after the gardens of Ninfa outside Rome, the award winning Ninfarium is now home to a variety of sub-tropical plants.
Plans for this phase of restoration were drawn up by Llanelli based architects the Lewis Partnership, who have taken a great deal of care in doing so considering the importance and great history of the house. The contactors chosen to carry out the work are John Weavers of Swansea who have ensured that disruption to visitors over the next few months will be kept to a minimum.
On looking ahead to what will be an exciting few months at the gardens Mr Evans said:
“We always like to remind ourselves of the following phrase – Aberglasney is changing and growing – a garden lost in time, but now belonging to the past, present and future.”
The restoration work at Aberglasney is part of the ‘One Historic Garden Project’ linking heritage, gardens and opportunities across South Wales. This is project part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through Visit Wales and the Welsh Government.
It is hoped that the work will be completed in time for a grand opening around Easter. In the meantime you’ll be able to follow progress of the project by visiting www.aberglasney.org.
Aberglasney is 12 miles east of Carmarthen and 4 miles west of Llandeilo and is open all year.