Please help us fund NEW Gates for the Botanical Gardens, Singleton Park

Friends of the Botanical Gardens Crowdfunding Appeal 2020

As part of the Crowdfund Swansea initiative, the Friends of the Botanical Gardens are taking part in a project to raise funds for a new set of gates for the gardens.

Artist’s impression on how the entrance gate will look

 The aim is to raise £5000 within the four months that the Crowdfunding Platform goes live from 1st February – 31st May 2020.

The Botanical gardens are in dire need of new gates to create a welcoming gateway that will greet the community as they pass through into this beautiful, tranquil space, and we need your help to achieve this.

The wrought iron gates will be unique and have a botanical themed design that will complement the much-admired gates of the wildflower garden. They have been designed and will be handcrafted in Wales by James Eifion Thomas, the fifth generation of blacksmiths to work at the family forge in Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire. They will be hot dipped galvanised, to prevent corrosion and then powder coated to colour them silver.

Parks and green spaces are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat loneliness and build a community spirit. Public use of parks is on the rise but pressure on public finances is making them harder to manage, maintain and safeguard.

The Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Complex (FCSBC) are an enthusiastic group of about 33 regular volunteers.  Their mission is to preserve, conserve, restore and maintain the gardens and grounds in the Botanical Complex for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

They run a community plant shop, which has been going for the last 25 years, which is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm for 46 weeks of the year and also on Saturdays between April and September.  All profits go towards benefitting the gardens.

In 2019 an additional group of experienced horticultural volunteers started working alongside the Park staff on a regular basis to help maintain the gardens.  There are still opportunities to volunteer a day or half a day if you have an interest and skills in horticulture and would like to become a Botanical Garden Volunteer.  You can email friendsofbotanics@gmail.com for a role description or for further information.

We’re a sociable group – always ready for a chat and a laugh over our picnic lunches.  We are so fortunate to be able to sit on benches outside in fine weather and enjoy the double herbaceous borders, or wander around the glass houses to explore the tropical plants.

In recent years we have funded and continue to work on the creation of the Wildflower/Wellbeing Garden; installed a new Centenary panel giving the history of how Swansea came to acquire Singleton Park from the Vivian family; and paid for improvements to the Glasshouses.  In the near future we will be creating new areas for young children to explore and discover, and also improve plant labelling.  And we hope that our exciting plans for stunning new gates at the main entrance to the Botanic Gardens will set the standard for years to come and entice more visitors with a stylish welcome to one of Swansea’s real treasures.

We are inviting you to pledge your support at:

www.spacehive.com/gateway

Please help us by making an online pledge now*

*the money will only be taken from your account if the campaign to raise £5000 is successful.

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