Wales is known for its delicious welsh cakes, love of rugby, and of course, the miles of beautiful rolling
countryside (which is hardly surprising, since beautiful yellow daffodils are one of the famous symbols of Wales). In fact, the country’s capital, Cardiff, has even been named the UK city with the greatest amount of green space per person!
It’s clear to see that there are many reasons to love Wales, and at phs Greenleaf, we’re proud to be a part of phs Group, which was founded in Wales in 1963, and we still have our head office based in Caerphilly.
With several inspiring and beautiful parks practically on their doorstep, phs Greenleaf rounds up our top 3 National Parks and Botanical Gardens to visit in Wales…
Brecon Beacons National Park
The Brecon Beacons is one of three national parks in Wales, and it’s considered to be one of the best in the UK. This is thanks to its beautiful views, diverse wildlife (which ranges from ravens and peregrine falcons to Welsh mountain ponies), and the number of exciting outdoor activities you can complete in the park, such as walking, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, and windsurfing.
Although most famous for Pen Y Fan, which is the highest peak of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, the Brecon Beacons National Park is also home to 17 historic parks and gardens, including Craig-y-Nos, which is open to the public and contains 40 acres of woodland and riverbanks. We recommend visiting during the warmer months of the year to see the beautiful fauna flourish!
Based in the quieter and more peaceful outskirts of the country’s bustling capital city, Dyffryn Gardens is a collection of beautiful botanical gardens (or ‘garden rooms’), formal lawns, seasonal bedding, and a glasshouse which contains an impressive cacti and orchid collection. With Dryffryn Garden’s 55 acres utilising Edwardian formal garden design, Cadw (which protects historic structures in Wales) considers it to be the best Edwardian garden in Wales.
Some of the main points of interest in Dyffryn Gardens, include the herbaceous border, Mediterranean Garden and Rose Garden. However, perhaps the most impressive area is Dyffryn’s 22-acre arboretum, which holds 17 Champion Trees. These are the largest of their kind in the British Isles and help Dyffryn to hold one of the most significant collections of trees in the National Trust.
Located near Llanarthnae in the River Tywi valley (which is nestled in Carmarthenshire’s beautiful and expansive countryside), the National Botanic Garden of Wales is a wonderful attraction to visit; in fact, it’s recognised as being the most visited parkland in Wales! A centre for botanical research, as well as a popular tourist attraction, its 568 acres of lakes, flower displays and other greenery, make it easy to see why the National Botanic Garden is so well-loved.
A popular area of this tranquil parkland is the Japanese Garden, whose hand-picked natural materials have been used to create an authentic Japanese landscape, including still lakes, and flowing mountain streams. The tilted glass dome of the Great Glasshouse, which protects some of the most endangered Mediterranean plants in the world, is also a standout feature of the gardens!
To create your own impressive flower displays in your business premises, contact phs Greenleaf for more information on our exterior services, from outdoor plants and hanging baskets, to landscaping projects and grounds maintenance.