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Colby Woodland Garden

John Colby (1751-1823) was a landowner in Pembrokeshire who came to this area in the 1790s to mine coal. In 1873 Samuel Kay, a Stockport pharmacist, bought Colby Lodge and began planting the garden - 140 years later visitors to the garden have left comments on our whiteboard that we hope Mr Kay would appreciate. n 1960 the estate passed to Miss Elidyr Mason, her memorial is on Long Lane. In 1965 she sold the house and garden to Mr and Mrs Chance who continued the planting. In 1979 Peter transferred ownership to the National Trust

For a real family day out, Colby Woodland Garden ticks all the boxes, no matter what age you are. This is just a small sample of the activities available at this hidden woodland garden with a rich industrial past. For children of all ages, climb a tree, Colby have picked out the best ones for you, build a den and play on the rope swings at the end of the meadow, dam a stream, make a mud pie, or discover what lives in a pond, Colby has the tools for that. Explore the wooded valleys around the garden with their network of footpaths and bridle trails. Colby has activity days where you can look for bats or woodpeckers, or look for the trails of badgers and other wildlife. Climb to the Summer House, and on a clear day enjoy views across Carmarthen Bay to Worm's Head in the distance.

Experience the changing seasons in all their colourful glory, bluebells, rhodendrons, magnolias, azaleas and camelias in Spring, then Summer hydrangeas and other flowers. Look out for the Japanese Redwood at 134 feet it's the tallest in the UK. In Autumn the different colored foliage is a treat.

So bring a picnic or vist the Bothy tea-room for a treat and enjoy a day out at Colby Woodland Garden run by the National Trust

Rent one of our West Wales cottages and explore this wonderful area for yourself.