Wednesday 27 May 2015

A visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Recently we were were lucky to be awarded a grant under the Carers Small Grant Scheme. We used this yesterday to take our members and their carers (husbands and wives) to visit the National Botanic gardens in Lanarthne.
We all had a lovely time. The Mediterranean plants in the wonderful dome, designed by Norman Foster, are always a delight. It is well laid out with plants from all parts of the world which enjoy a Mediterranean climate.
From there we went down to the restaurant for lunch and then outside to see the display by the Pembokeshire Birds of Prey. There was a Merlin, an Eagle Owl, a Vulture, a Red Kite and many more, all flying and showing off their agility or speed.

An Eagle Owl waits on its perch before the show begins
Lynne was thrilled to be able to get so close to the Eagle Owl

Without our mobility scooters we would never have managed to cover the gardens properly

The azaleas were a blaze of colour.

These gardens are well worth a visit at any time of the year. We had our own mobility scooters but they do have scooters abd wheelchairs to hire for half a day or a full day. Also there is a land train to take you up to the glass domed building at the top of the site. Then it is downhill all the way down to the restaurant, through the gardens and back to the car park.

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