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Marvel at flora and fauna at Bodnant Garden

Marvel at flora and fauna at Bodnant Garden

If you fancy exploring the best Britain has to offer, take a trip up to Bodnant Garden in Conwy, Wales.

With 80 acres of stunning landscapes to see and explore, this National Trust garden should be on the top of your to do list.

Begin your journey in the Winter Garden, which cost £35,000 to create back in 2012. It has around 10,000 plants, covering approximately half an acre.

Of the Winter Garden, Troy Scott Smith, head gardener at Bodnant Garden, said at the time: "It's a chance to see the garden in a whole new light. Gardens take on a new life during the colder months and I think people are starting to recognise the attraction of seeing them at this time of year.

"Visitors still want to enjoy the fresh air and open spaces we can provide, and are realising that there are many plants to enjoy - early flowering bulbs, winter flowering shrubs and plants with beautiful coloured stems or attractive bark."

Walk past Bodnant Hall, heading down to Lily Terrace, which is overlooked by the amazing building. Don't miss the other terraces, including the Italian ones, which are a beautiful mix of green foliage and brightly coloured floral specimens.

The Lily Pond is framed one end by The Pin Mill building, which was added to the site in 1938. It had originally been built in Gloucestershire in 1730 but was rescued by the garden's founder, Henry Davis Pochin, who brought it to Bodnant Garden and rebuilt it brick by brick.

Head down Magnolia Walk, stopping for a look around and refreshments at the The Old Mill, before making your way to The Dell, where there is Waterfall Bridge.

Of the bridge, Adam Salvin from the trust said: "Along with the pin mill and laburnum arch the waterfall bridge must be the image most photographed by the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to the garden each year."

The bridge underwent £150,000 works in 2013 to include features to encourage wildlife, such as an eel pass to allow them to head through the dam.

For keen walkers, there is the Skating Pond and the Boat House to explore whilst those who prefer a shorter amble can head up towards Acer Glade past The Poem, the McLaren family tomb.

Marvel at the stunning selection of Acer trees, which make up the wonderful Glade, and head back towards the Winter Gardens through the Old Park.

Head Gardener John Rippin said: "Trees define the landscape at Bodnant Garden. Our collection goes back more than two centuries and we have specialist gardeners and arborists who look after them. It's wonderful to know that some of the oldest, largest and rarest in our care are thriving."

Before you head on your way, don't miss the Laburnum Arch, which blossoms around late May time.

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