19th C Pleasure Garden
Our site was developed as a pleasure garden by the Chester
and Holyhead Railway Company in the 1840s. The garden
was laid out with Cascade, Lime Avenue, and other features,
to the design of Sir Joseph Paxton of Crystal Palace
fame. It was to be part of Britannia Park, a Victorian
extravaganza with Grand Hotel, conservatories and station
on the main railway line. But due to funding problems,
the whole scheme was abandoned and the site reverted
to pasture and woodland.
In the 1960s, the University bought the patch of woodland
by the strait, together with the grassland above it,
to develop a collection of plants for the Department
of Botany. Parts of the old unimproved pasture now have
a variety of management regimes to display the effects
of these treatments on the native flora, while other
parts have been developed to grow a wide range of wild
and cultivated plants from all over the world that flourish
in our mild climate with a relatively high rainfall
and shelter from Atlantic gales. Several glasshouses
give protection to less hardy species and a laboratory
allows students and staff to examine plants on-site.
feature of the garden is the diversity of habitats and
soil types, supporting many native plants and animals.
We encourage these by conserving a the range of grassland
and woodland habitats. Part of the woodland is now a
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We also
grow a collection of native plants from coastal and
the mountains of Snowdonia and from coastal habitats
in Wales. These provide opportunities for study and
experimentation with flora and fauna from many ecological
niches including freshwater and seashore.
Garden for People
We plan to realise the potential of the Garden to provide
enjoyment and information to the general public on how
plants have evolved and how we interact with them. We
envisage a visitor centre with catering and retail facilities,
a new range of plant houses and a BioCentre supporting
local businesses exploiting the findings of biological
An introduction to the Garden together with a simple map can be downloaded here.
The outdoor garden can be visited during daylight hours.
For group visits and access to glasshouses, contact
Guided tours are available on open days and on special
events organised by The Friends
of Treborth Botanic Garden.
The walking of dogs on leash is limited to certain pathways
within the gardens; regulations on clean and safe disposal
of waste must be adhered to.