The American Gardens of Pontypool
I visited the American Gardens, located near Pen-y-Garn in Pontypool this morning. It was built as an ornamental garden by the Hanbury family. There is an interesting website here that details some of the history of the garden and the area.
The place is well known for having a collection of rare and very large trees such as Californian Redwoods. Lots of local people visit and its a popular spot for dog walkers. I enjoy a birdwatch when I visit and I love the trees all year round they are incredible.
In the centre of the gardens is a lovely ornamental pond that is about 100 meters in length.
|The ornamental pond|
In recent years there has been some great work done to clean up by volunteers from the American Gardens Environmental Project ( More Here).
This has been my first visit for some time and I must admit it really is looking beautiful.
There was a lot of colour throughout the gardens provided by rare Rhododendron bushes, ornamental shrubs, tree blossom and wild flowers.
|Wild Flowers -Oxeye Daisies|
|Water Lily flowers|
|View over Pen-y-garn toward Pontypool|
|View looking across the American Gardens.|
- Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Mallard ( duckling)
- Song Thrush.