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    Sowing seeds for the future. . . wildflower meadows

    Every August, we sustainably harvest seed and ‘green hay’ from our wildflower rich meadows in the Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

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    Flowerpot Podcast – The One with farmer Huw Jones

    Bruce Langridge chats to Huw Jones, farmer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. They talk about how Huw manages the organic working farm on the Garden’s Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

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    A year in the life of the Balwen sheep at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

    Balwen sheep are full of character. They are quick witted, independent and incredibly cautious of anything new. They are happy in familiar surroundings and have a terrific memory.

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    Fire and Brimstones

    Whilst awaiting the installation of the bridge on Llyn Mawr, I was lucky enough to spot a bright yellow – male brimstone butterfly skipping between the knapweed. Brimstones, whilst not threatened, are a somewhat elusive species, rarely sighted in the Garden and usually in spring. Like many species, they are closely linked to their food […]

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    Farming and Wildlife in July 2019

    THE ESTATE FARM: As described in May 2019, the Botanic Garden covers about 568 acres, of which farmland is 316 acres including 100 acres of woodland. There are 18 pedigree Welsh Black beef cows all of which have calved so far and 6 yearling steers, four 2-year olds and some cull cows that were sold […]

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    Green hay experiment a spectacular success

    Making new orchid-rich meadows with green hay has been a spectacular success on our Waun Las NNR

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