The National Botanic Garden of Wales Regency Restoration project is this year’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice. The award recognises civil engineering projects across the globe that have made a positive impact on their local communities.

More than 200 years ago, it was one of the UK's finest waterparks. The project, which took five years to complete at a cost of more than £7 million, is the largest of its kind undertaken in Wales and includes two new lakes, bridges, dams, cascades, a waterfall and an extensive network of paths, all set in 300 acres of wooded parkland.

What a great achievement for all involved in this project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which presents civil engineering in a different light – creating and restoring spaces necessary to enjoy and promote active living.”

We are extremely honoured that the Regency Restoration project won the ICE People’s Choice Award. It recognises the culmination of hard endeavour and highlights the fact that active lifestyles are becoming more popular. Providing green, well-designed places - such as our garden - are vital for people’s wellbeing and good mental health.”

We are extremely proud to have been part of the passionate, dedicated project team that delivered the Regency Restoration and thrilled that all our efforts have been recognised internationally by the public in this way.”

There are miles of perfect paths that take in all of the amazing features and lots of wildlife to discover including kingfishers, brimstone butterflies, otters and wild trout.

The Botanic Garden is also now home to the British Bird of Prey Centre, a unique collection of raptors and the only place in the UK you can see a golden eagle and a European sea eagle fly, with stunning flying displays every day. It provides awesome encounters with remarkable creatures and up-close-and-personal experiences with owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, kestrels and red kites.

Cascade surrounded by greenery.
Wild flowers overlooking a lake with trees in the background.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Botanic Garden’s centrepiece is the awesome glass dome that is Lord Foster’s Great Glasshouse, home to one of the finest collections of Mediterranean climate-zone plants in the world.

A little further and there is the ambitious Arboretum, where we are growing trees and shrubs from around the world with wild collected seed - planted for the future and growing fast.

Further still and your clients will be on the wider estate where clearly-marked routes will transport them to new and amazing revelations – wild waxcap meadows where brightly coloured red, green and yellow fungi nestle and where the trees and hedgerows throng with whitethroats and flycatchers.

Not far from here, our carefully managed hay meadows reveal a treasury of orchids and other almost forgotten, stunning countryside wildflowers like ragged robin, yellow rattle, knapweed, greater burnet, eyebright and an abundance of orchids.

Make sure you include in your itinerary the unique and historic Double-Walled Garden, a steamy Tropical House, the busy Bee Garden, our Welsh heritage orchard and a newly-planted grove of more than 100 cherry trees.

For admission or booking information contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1558 667149 or email gatehouse@gardenofwales.org.uk.

Republished 3 November 2021

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