New Spring Plant Fair at Bishops Park!


Spring has sprung at Bishops Park!

Popular Carmarthenshire visitor attraction to host new Plant Fair this Easter

 Bishops Park and Gardens at Abergwili goes from strength to strength this Easter launching its 2022 activities with a new Spring Plant Fair on Sunday 10th April, 10am-2pm. Organised by the Tywi Gateway Trust, the tiny charity behind the restoration of the Park and conversion of the derelict outbuildings, the event will promote the newly-restored visitor destination and highlight it as one of Wales key places to visit, enjoy and learn.

Celebrating key West Wales growers including Farmyard Nurseries, West Wales Willows, Liliwen Herbs and Brynllwyd Nurseries, the new Plant Fair will help put Carmarthen on the tourist and horticultural map, welcoming gardeners, plant hunters and visitors from all over the area.

Highlights include a talk by Head Gardener Piers Lunt about the new Jenkinson Garden (11am), including the inspiration for his design and how the planting takes its cue from heritage cultivars for maximum wildlife benefit. Visitors will also be able to join a free tour of the park by Piers at 1pm, including the walled garden not normally open to the public.

Louise Austin, Trust Manager, said, “We are so delighted to hold this exciting event for Carmarthen and the wider area. It has been a huge project to restore the park and gardens to their former glory and we are just thrilled to see all our hard work, and that of our volunteers finally come to fruition.  We are passionate about sustainability and a celebration of local growers, encouraging more of us to garden and grow our own, for wellbeing and for the future of the planet, is the perfect way to open our activities for the year.”

Unique window onto Carmarthenshire’s Heritage

Bishops Park & Gardens at Abergwili surrounds Carmarthenshire Museum, formerly the Palace of the Bishops of St Davids – and visitors can now spend a full day on the site as the two visitor attractions showcase Carmarthenshire’s unique horticulture, wildlife and heritage. With two new garden areas, restored parkland, new seating and interpretation panels, views opened up across the Tywi Valley, scramble ropes and a balancing log for children, with a cafe and learning centre opening later in the Spring, there’s lots to see and do for visitors of all ages.

Help ensure the reinvigorated Bishops Park is here to stay….

 Tywi Gateway Trust is a tiny charity and needs more support to ensure the reinvigorated Bishops Park is here to stay. Support them by visiting, volunteering, donating, or spreading the word about their work on social media. More events in the park are planned for the Summer, including a re-enactment of the Battle of Abergwili on 13th August and the return of the popular Bishops Park show in September. Find out more at:



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The new Jenkinson Garden at Bishops Park is planted for wildlife and beauty.

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The Bishop’s former Walled Garden will be open for the Spring Plant Fair

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Tywi Gateway Trust have restored the parkland and opened up views across the Tywi Valley for visitors.

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The fair includes a free talk by Head Gardener Piers Lunt on the inspiration for the new Jenkinson garden (pictured).

©Tywi Gateway Trust / Aled Llwyelyn

Notes to editors

About the Tywi Gateway Trust

The Trust was set up in 2016 to: “promote for the benefit of the public at the Bishop’s Park and its cultural setting in Abergwili the conservation, protection, improvement and understanding of the built and natural environments.”

The Tywi Gateway Trust are currently delivering the Tywi Gateway Project at the Bishop’s Park, Abergwili, a £2.4m Parks for People project funded with a £1.2m grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Trust are a tiny charity with the equivalent of just 3 full time staff, relying on the generosity of volunteers and supporters to continue our work.

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Further information

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