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Botanical Gardens celebrate popular park's centenary

Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Swansea's Singleton Park are taking place throughout August.

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In 1919 the Swansea Corporation, a forerunner of Swansea Council, acquired Singleton Abbey and the surrounding land from the Vivian family who owned Hafod Copperworks.

Kew-trained horticulturalist Daniel Bliss used his expertise and vision to create the park and to develop the educational gardens - today known as the Botanical Gardens.

To celebrate the centenary of the park entering public ownership the Friends of the City of Swansea Botanical Gardens Complex (FCSBC) have commissioned a bi-lingual commemorative panel with financial support from Swansea Council.

It will be unveiled by descendants of the Vivian family at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday (August 4) at 2.30pm.

There will then be a free open air concert featuring the U3A Ukulele Band between 3pm and 5pm with refreshments available.

Further open air concerts take place on the following three Sundays at 3pm featuring Loughor Town Band, Constellation Big Band and Morriston Big Band.

Cllr Mark Thomas, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "Swansea is blessed with many great parks but what makes Singleton unique is the wonderful Botanical Garden Complex.

"We are very grateful to the Friends for their continued support so when they approached us with the idea of celebrating the fascinating history of Singleton Park we were only too pleased to become involved."

As well as the commemorative panel The Friends have commissioned an ornate wood carving which has been created at the Botanical Garden.

Jane Terrett from the Friends said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership again with Swansea Council and we are looking forward to the unveiling of the centenary panel on Sunday."

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