The Welsh Government has set rules about volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the light of these rules it has been decided not to reopen our Plant Shop for the foreseeable future or hold our regular Wednesday work sessions.
The environment of our shop
We would be required to put measures in place to ensure people are kept 2 metres apart. This would mean moving many of the plant display tables and relocation of the cash desk .
The Welsh Government states that no one should be put under pressure to volunteer and people shouldn’t volunteer if they are in an at-risk group – over 70, pregnant, or have a pre-existing health condition – or if they have received a letter asking them to take shielding measures. Many of our volunteers fall into one of these categories.
The welfare of our customers and volunteers is and always will remain our number one priority. Hence, our decision not to open our facilities.
The Committee is keeping the situation under regular review.
To celebrate the Centenary of Singleton Park being in public ownership FCSBC have commissioned a bi-lingual commemorative panel with financial support from Swansea Council . It is displayed in the Botanical Gardens.
This panel was unveiled by descendants of the Vivian family on Sunday 4th August 2109.
There is something to see throughout the year in the Botanical Gardens. The herbaceous borders are a fantastic sight from late March until mid October and the variety of glasshouses offer shelter in inclement weather. So even during the harsh winter months the garden has lots to offer.
In 1919 the private estate of the wealthy Vivian family was bought by the Swansea Corporation for use as a public park. In 1926 the Educational Gardens were officially opened as a “collection of economic plants and British flora”. Renamed in 1991 as the Botanical Gardens they contain a renowned double herbaceous border and many mature trees of national importance. In addition there are fine specimens of rare and exotic plants from around the world as well as a rock garden, herb garden, and the new wildflower garden which opened in 2017.
The 40 metre double herbaceous borders were part of the original Educational Gardens created in the 1920’s and their layout is little changed since those times. It is entirely possible that some of the plants found here are divisions of those originally planted.
Within the glasshouses at the Swansea Botanical Gardens you will find fine specimens of rare and exotic plants from around the world. You will find the glasshouses in the botanical gardens at Singleton park.
Eighteen of Swansea's favourite beauty spots have been awarded prestigious Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award status.
Among the 2019 winners is the Botanical Gardens at Singleton Park
The Green Flag Award® scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
High-quality parks and green spaces are important to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy.
Everyone should be encouraged to explore their local area and make the most of the award-winning sites on their doorstep. One such place is The Botanical Gardens in Singleton Park.
FCSBC is a registered charity which supports the
Botanical Complex in Swansea City.
We support and raise funds for Singleton Park Botanical Gardens and Clyne Gardens.
Registered Charity No. 1052032