One of Wales’s grandest and most exciting gardens begins a new chapter in its amazing story this month.
Dyffryn House and Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan will be managed by the National Trust on a 50-year lease from January 2013.
Wales’s largest conservation charity, will take over responsibility for the Grade II house and Grade I gardens on 1 January 2013. The reopening of the Gardens to the public after the Christmas break will be on Friday 4 January 2013.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council retains ownership of the property, while granting the Trust a 50-year lease.
Justin Albert, Director of the National Trust in Wales, said: “Growing and shaping a glorious garden is a long-term project. The work done so far by all those involved with Dyffryn Gardens since its inception – the Cory family, Thomas Mawson, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cadw and Heritage Lottery Fund – has produced an amazing site.
“The passion that has gone into creating Dyffryn Gardens over the years – from volunteers, staff and supporters - cannot be taken for granted. And we want everyone to join with us in harnessing that passion for a new stage of Dyffryn’s journey.
“The National Trust is proud and honoured to be taking over stewardship of these magnificent gardens”
Councillor Gwyn John, the Vale Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development, described the handover as an important move to secure the future of the house and gardens and a boost for local tourism.
He said: “The council has undertaken a great deal of work to restore the house and gardens since acquiring the property in 1996. As well as restoring the gardens and glasshouses, we have developed excellent visitor facilities and undertaken work to protect the fabric of the house.
“The property now has an exciting future as part of the National Trust’s portfolio and we look forward to seeing the gardens and house developed further, which will benefit tourism in the Vale and secure the future of this important and historic estate.
“I’d like to thank all our staff who have worked on the project and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the support they have given us over the years. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the Trust.”
Jennifer Stewart, Head of HLF in Wales, said: “Dyffryn House and Gardens are one of Wales’s most significant heritage gems. We are delighted that the investment of over £6 million of lottery funding will now be sustained through the expertise and experience of the National Trust.
“We will continue to work closely with the team at Dyffryn House and Gardens and the National Trust and look forward to seeing the re-opening of the house in 2013.”