Welcome to the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) web site


2017 National AGM hosted by Clwyd Branch

Furnace Woods

The 2017 WHGT AGM is on June 10th at Bodnant Food Centre, Furnace Farm, Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy LL28 5RP

The AGM is preceded by a Cheese and Wine evening at Gwydir Castlekindly hosted by Judy Corbett and Peter Welford.

A full information pack, as sent to members, is available here. The lunch menu is available here.

A web booking form is available here. This will take you to a Paypal  payment page on completion.

The booking form as sent to all members is also available: here



At Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn - Tywi Gateway Trust

At Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn - Tywi Gateway Trust

Do you love Carmarthenshire? Do you care about our heritage, landscape and the environment? Would you like to be involved at the start of a something new and exciting?


At Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn - Tywi Gateway Trust - we’re seeking individuals to support the community-driven redevelopment of the Bishops Park at Abergwili, Carmarthen.

It’s a place notable for its cultural and archaeological history but also for landscape features  like the Great Meadow, the Bishop’s Pond (a site of Special Scientific Interest) or the famous ‘ha-ha’.

At its heart is the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, a Listed building, now Carmarthenshire County Museum – a treasure trove.


If you like a challenge and have experience in horticulture, the arts, the environment, fundraising, volunteering or a background in business, finance, law, museums, heritage or education – then why not join us.

Our vision it to create a place that we can all be proud of - for enjoyment, recreation, learning, participation and fun! We’ll be integrating our visitor facilities with those of the Museum to help assure the future of both – a truly unique partnership.

Find out more on our website www.tywigateway.org.uk 

and (CC3) The Essential Trustee www.gov.uk


The Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with voting Members other than its Charity Trustees. CIO Registered No. 1167244. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that the organisation functions within legal and financial requirements of a company and charity, and to be responsible for overall governance and strategic direction.


Contact details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo. SA19 6AE




Survey of Historic Environment Specialists: We need your help

Survey of Historic Environment Specialists: We need your help

The next few years are forecast to be a time of considerable change affecting our historic environment. Large-scale infrastructure projects like HS2, major road schemes, and a mammoth programme of housebuilding are forecast to very significantly increase the demand for a skilled historic environment workforce, at a time when some of the country’s most experienced historic environment specialists are approaching retirement. As a sector we need to try to get to grips with the impact of these two factors, and to invest focused resources into accommodating them.

The national heritage agencies have commissioned Landward Research to undertake a new survey of historic environment specialists, building on the work that was undertaken in 2010. We aim to find out more about the distribution of specialists, their working environments, their training needs and opportunities, and their thoughts on the future.

If you are an archaeological, buildings history or garden history specialist or scientist, please invest just 10 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire, and encourage others to do the same.

If you are an employer of historic environment specialists, please ask your staff to complete the questionnaire and spread the word about it.

The Archaeology Training Forum – the sector body with a focus on archaeological and related skills in the study of the historic environment – has identified the need for a skills and training audit as a key priority, and its members from across the sector will use the results of the survey to help plan for the delivery of high-quality expertise to make the most of the opportunities and to help mitigate the impacts of national infrastructure projects. The better the information we gather, the more effective we can be.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Use this link to start answering

or copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

We value your input and we sincerely hope that you will consider participating in the survey.


Searching for & viewing Ordnance Survey Drawings (OSDs) online at the British Library

Searching for & viewing Ordnance Survey Drawings (OSDs) online at the British Library

Changes to access arrangements
 BL have altered the way they are providing access to the OSDs online:
From the OSD webpage

use the 'Search our website' box in the upper right corner & enter the relevant sheet number (look this up on the 'Static Index' link on the page) in the format OSD nnn, where nnn is the sheet number, e.g. OSD 152.
Once you get to the search results list you can reach the web page by clicking the title of the record in the results list (eg 'Detail from OSD
152 (Hampstead)' ).
This takes you to an intermediate page containing the following information:
Click on the 'I want this' tab.

You then need to click the 'Go' button under the 'View online' heading.

This takes you to another web page with the link to the interactive zoomable image, as before.


Capability Brown Pop up Exhibition

Capability Brown pop up

The Capability Brown pop up exhibition as reported in the Bulletin is now available by clicking here.


Ice Houses of Wales

Ice Houses of Wales

 The Ice House at Mostyn

Can you help?
Can you contribute to The Welsh Ice-house Gazetteer


a) check the accuracy of ice-house observations and the locations – are the descriptions and the map grid references correct?
b) Add any other examples, existing or to be found only on old maps, whether Ordnance Survey maps or estate maps and documents?
c) Can anyone remember an ice-house in use?

For New entries please complete the online form or send  the following details:

1.Name, civil community/parish, and National Grid Reference
2.Relation to and distance from house and possible source of ice (eg. 300m. NE of house by pond)
3.External appearance (eg. built into bank, earth-covered mound)
4.Internal appearance (eg. passage, doors, building materials, form and dimensions of ice-chamber, any drainage arrangements)
6.Any published references (eg. article, old OS map)
7.Name and address/contact details of recorder

Updated entries again use the online form or send the details
1.Name and location as above
2.Any information to be updated (eg. more detail, better description, change in condition, etc)
3.Name and address/contact details of recorder
Please, remember that most ice-houses are on private land, and many are extremely dangerous to examine. If the ice-house is not in your ownership, please ensure that you have permission to visit, that somebody knows you are going to do so, and preferably be accompanied.
Information can be sent to

Dr Eurwyn Wiliam
42 St Fagans Drive
St Fagans
Cardiff CF5 6EF.