Appeals: Plas tan y Bwlch ('The House on a Hill') and gardens

Plas tan y Bwlch ('The House on a Hill') and its gardens at Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, in Gwynedd, shown in a photograph taken early this century. The gardens, now overgrown, are situated in - and owned by - the Snowdonia National Park; they were laid out last century by the Oakeley family, rich local slate- quarry owners. The Plas Tan Y Bwlch Gardens Trust, founded earlier this year to restore the 12-acre garden, is appealing for pounds 250,000. So far pounds 39,000 has been raised.

Surrounded by native oak woodland and overlooking the Maentwrog Valley, the gardens are crossed by the Ffestiniog Railway. The trust hopes to organise a joint ticket with the railway so that visitors can ride up the valley in the train and then walk through the garden's woodland area. The gardens can be visited between April and October. Forming stepped terraces down the hillside from the house, they offer nearly two miles of walks with arbours and viewing platforms, which need new seats and iron railings.

Exotic rare trees include a Cedrus deodara, or Eastern Hemlock; a Davidia, or Chinese Handkerchief Tree, which produces flowers shaped like white, drooping handkerchiefs in May; and Abies homolepis, a Nikko Fir. There are many species of fern including those of the genus Dryopteris, or Buckler Fern: the damp climate and rock outcrops are ideal for ferns, and a new fern area is being planted. The acid soil suits a wide range of azaleas and provides the right conditions for what is thought to be the largest example of Rhododendron campanulatum to be growing in the British Isles.

The garden attracts rare orange-plumed Firecrests and also Wood Warblers; at night, the Lesser Horseshoe and Pipistrelle bats can be spotted. The conservation project includes building a Japanese garden with a pagoda and extending the range of plants so that the flowering season lasts longer - at the moment most flower in May.

For further information, contact: Plas Tan y Bwlch Gardens Trust, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3YU, telephone 0766 85324.

(Photograph omitted)

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £50,000

£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...

Recruitment Genius: Recruitment & HR Administrator

£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Business Partner

£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...

Recruitment Genius: Senior HR Assistant

£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map