North West Wales

Bodnant Garden opens Far End for first time in 140 years

Old photo of the Wild Garden Image copyright Bodnant Garden
Image caption Old photo of the wild garden which opened to the public for the first time on Saturday

A section of a well known Conwy Valley garden has opened to the public for the first time since it was created 140 years ago.

Bodnant Garden staff have spent five years restoring Far End as part of the 80 acre (32 hectare) site, known for its botanical collections.

Laid out by creator Henry Pochin from 1874, Far End was designed as a wild garden.

The National Trust-run garden stretches over 10 acres (four hectares).

Far End includes a small lake, known as the skating pond, which has is its own island, as well as a boat house.

Image copyright Bodnant Garden
Image caption Work to restore and reopen the wild garden began five years ago
Image copyright Bodnant Garden
Image caption The 'otter pond'
Image copyright Bodnant Garden
Image caption Staff prepare a bank side for planting
Image copyright Bodnant Garden
Image caption Gardeners have been helping to restore the 'skate pond'

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