Our Work

The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in May 2000. This made us the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium.

In such a short time we have achieved many accolades, including:

  • Most visited garden in Wales – over 2.5 million so far
  • Recognised as the most influential landscape scheme in Wales over the last 75 years by the Landscape Institute
  • Voted ‘No 1 Garden to Visit in Wales’ by BBC Gardeners’ World
  • Voted the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’, ‘Most Romantic Garden’, ‘Best Children’s Garden’ & ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ by the Western Mail
  • Voted ‘Visitors’ Favourite’ by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association
  • Awarded the 2019 & 2023 Gold Accolade by Visit Wales

Why?

Biodiversity provides society with vital goods and services that sustain life and support health and well-being. We are at a critical time as a global community facing persistent problems including the loss of significant biodiversity, inequity of the sharing of resources, impact of changing climates, and health inequalities. Solutions to various challenges are needed and botanic gardens have an important role to play.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a charity dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in the science of plants and related subjects, and the conservation of plant species, especially those in Wales, Great Britain and the Western European Seaboard. We are the custodian of significant collections and heritage assets for Wales.

As an organisation, we are committed to society’s lifelong learning and we generate and share knowledge and engage across diverse communities, government, business and industry. We aim to enhance understanding of the interaction of people, plants, landscape and the environment in a sustainable future. As part of our diverse research, horticultural and education work, we advance public appreciation of Welsh culture and heritage and contribute to national efforts to create a prosperous, resilient, healthier and globally responsible Wales, with a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language.

We are a charity which receives financial support from the Welsh Government.