Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol CymruNational Botanic Garden of WalesNational Botanic Garden of Wales

A landscape in four dimensions

A landscape is more than the sum of its individual parts; the geology, the wildlife, the buildings or roads. It is the relationships between them, in space and over time. By understanding all the parts and how they fit together we are able to tell the story of the landscape, its’s creation and development, a landscape in four dimensions.

This landscape has been managed for thousands of years and includes a wonderful range of historic and natural features. From rolling hills and glacial valleys to historic lakes and parkland trees, supporting amazing wildlife such as butterfly orchids, dormice and otters, a landscape of national importance for its historic and natural heritage.

It’s more recent history has been as a Medieval agricultural landscape, a Jacobean parkland and ornamental gardens, a Regency picturesque waterpark  and a 20th century landscape of starter farms providing access to the countryside for a new generation of farming families, before the creation of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Since the time of the last ice age it is the communities that have lived and worked as part of this landscape which have helped to shape it and turn it into the landscape that we know and love today. By understanding and conserving what we have now we can ensure it will continue to be special for future generations to enjoy.