Set within a rural, Pembrokeshire valley is a woodland garden with a hidden past. The colourful and exotic plants of Colby mask the estate’s rich industrial heritage. Beneath the beauty and serenity of the gardens lie the remains of the once abundant coal and timber mines, disguised over time by a series of nurturing landowners that have come and gone over the centuries.
Today, the trees now host a spider-web of woodland walks and nature trails down to the coast. In spring, carpets of bluebells, crocuses and daffodils adorn the wild flower meadow, where a stream burbles and visiting children play on the stepping-stones. Elsewhere in the garden, hydrangeas and rhododendra abound in summer, and rich autumnal colours come alive in acers, dogwoods and sweet-gum.
Beautifully illustrated with sumptuous new photography, this guidebook explores the history of Colby Woodland Garden – a curious place once pockmarked by the scars of industry, but now home to a natural playground for people and wildlife.
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