The 2nd St Davids Open Gardens Weekend will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June with the proceeds going to the registered charity, Prostate Cymru and donations to three environmental groups in St Davids.
If you have ever wondered what is on the other side of a wall or hedge, or tucked behind the City’s houses and cottages, you will now get the opportunity to find out.
‘Last year’s Open Gardens was a resounding success,’ said organiser, Julia Horton-Mansfield. ‘A staggering £4,500 was raised for Prostate Cymru throughticket sales and the entrepreneurial gardeners selling plants, soaps, teas, cakes, drinks, story telling and artwork. We have some new gardens taking part this year which is exciting and for those who want to take a breather and grab some refreshments on their way around there is a team of volunteers providing these in the garden of Mount Garden in New Street.’
‘We wanted to have a bit of community fun, share the city’s gardens with the curious passer-by or visitor who always wondered what was tucked away behind the houses and cottages here. Our Patron, Iolo Williams, wildlife TV presenter, best known for his BBC and S4C wildlife programmes, supports our aim to encourage wildlife into the gardens and open spaces of St Davids.’
‘We are keen to encourage the gardeners of St Davids to welcome birds and insects into their gardens by attracting them with food-stations, watering places, bug hotels and nesting boxes. We are part of the Pollinator Trail that is growing up throughout the peninsula and are partnered Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm in the successful bid to make St Davids the first Bee-friendly City in Wales.’
There will be a colourful Gardeners’ Market in Cross Square with Torth y Tir Peasant bakery selling pizzas with some local wild toppings and stalls selling plants, Pembrokeshire charcoal, local compost, flowers, and bee products. Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru will also be present to promote their awareness programme.
We would be very grateful for any donations of cakes, biscuits etc for the stall at Mount Garden. Anyone who might like to volunteer, or join in with their garden, or patch of land, or who would like to support our drive to raise wildlife and general environmental awareness in our City of St Davids, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01437 721035
Tickets will be available from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Information Centre at Oriel y Parc from approximately a week prior to the event and at the Prostate Cymru Stand in the Gardeners Market on the weekend
Details of the gardens taking part and the weekend programme will be on the open gardens website http://stdavidsopengardens.wales