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Welcome return for Singleton Park Botanical Gardens

One of our city's much-loved landmarks is set to re-open to the public on Monday after a four-month hibernation forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Botanics Staff Working

Singleton Park's popular Botanical Gardens have been receiving tender loving care from Swansea Council's parks team since it had to close in March.

But it's re-opening from Monday and while the attraction is ready to greet visitors with a blaze of summer colour, there will be some restrictions in place to keep people safe.

Visitors will be asked to maintain a two-metre distance from anyone not in their extended household, including council staff, in line with current Welsh Government rules.

There will be one toilet available for public use in the Tyr Blodau Centre but other toilets nearby will be closed to help keep public and staff safe.

Herbaceous beds

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Improvement and Infrastructure Development, said the botanical gardens' re-opening is welcome news for its many fans.

"This is good news for the hundreds of people who visited the gardens every week. Although we lost most of spring to the virus, there'll be a summer of colour to cheer visitors up.

"Of course our priority will be to ensure visitors and staff alike are safe, so I'd urge people who do come along to take notice of the signs and be kind to one another."

Botanics Staff & volunteer working

The botanical gardens will be open from 10am to 4pm every day during the summer and thanks to a dedicated team from the council's parks department its green treasures have been looked after over the past few months. As indoor venues, the glasshouses will be closed to the public.

The gardens are home to one of Wales' premier plant collections with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses. The maintenance team have been looking after the plants, lawns, ornamental and wildflower gardens.

Flower Bed

Cllr Thomas said: "As any gardener will know, their favourite green space needs continuous care to keep it in shape for the long term and that's what the team at the botanical garden have been doing while the public has been away.

"They've been carrying out essential maintenance, weeding beds and cutting grass. They've stripped out the spring bedding and tulips, dug over the beds and have planted the summer bedding.

He said: "We've been reassuring anyone who's missed their visits that we have been continuing to look after the gardens as normal and now they'll be able enjoy a real summer of colour in the park."

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