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Botanical Gardens are getting tender loving care during lockdown

Singleton Park's Botanical Gardens is one of our city's much-loved destinations that's been closed to the public during the pandemic.

BOTANICAL GARDENS LOCKDOWN MAY

But fans of the gardens will be pleased to hear that it's being looked after well by the council's parks team for people to enjoy when visitors are allowed to return.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said that while the majority of the council's work since the pandemic started has been focussed on supporting communities, a small team has continued to look after the city's green treasures like the botanical gardens.

The gardens are home to one of Wales' premier plant collections with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses. Normally the May period is one of the most popular months of the year for visits.

But at the moment only the council's maintenance team is allowed on site where they've been looking after the plants, lawns, ornamental and wildflower gardens as well as preparing hanging baskets which are being distributed this month.

The council been looking after its supply of hanging baskets since before the Coronavirus pandemic happened and they've been looked after ever since at Home Farm by the parks team.

Cllr Thomas said: "As any gardener will know, we are now deep into the early summer growing season. Any garden needs continuous care to keep it in shape for the long term and that's what the team at the botanical garden has been doing.

"Currently they're carrying out essential maintenance, weeding beds and cutting grass. Shortly they'll be stripping out the spring bedding and tulips before digging over the beds to start planting the summer bedding.

"All this is being done while adhering strictly to social distancing rules."

He said: "We don't know when visitors will be able to return to visit the gardens. But we do want to reassure anyone who's missing their visits that we are continuing to look after the gardens as normal and we'll be delighted to welcome them back when it's safe to do so."

To find out more about delivery of hanging baskets visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/hangingbaskets

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