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Interior panoramic view of National Waterfront Museum

photo courtesy of National Waterfront Museum



Strawberry Tree

Photo taken by Jean Hertzog









News of AOUG in Wales (10)

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National Waterfront Museum

In September we visited the National Waterfront Museum which was an ideal place to meet as it was centrally located in Swansea Bay and easily accessible by road or bus or train. It is a modern well designed spacious building and since our previous meeting had been in Cardiff, this was a new venue.

The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of Welsh Industry and innovation covering the last three hundred years up to the present day. Visitors are able to interact with thirty state of the art displays along with observing one hundred audio visual exhibitions. It was an extremely interesting and productive afternoon and lovely early autumnal weather was a benefit too. We enjoyed some lovely coffee and delicious cakes which helped to stimulate lively conversation and good ideas for future events.

Jude Warren



Bodnant Gardens

Even the pouring rain could not dampen the spirits of the group of members from the North West, the East Midlands and Yorkshire who met together in the café at Bodnant Gardens for the North Wales event. After putting the world to rights over a warm drink, we donned our wet weather gear and set off down the slope and through the tunnel under the road to the garden itself.  The garden area is vast, (approximately eighty acres), and in some areas extremely steep with numerous flights of stone steps. We decided this time to concentrate on the middle and upper sections. These areas comprise of a series of lawns and terraces built between 1904 and 1914 that are designed in the Italian style with a formal lily pond and below the canal terrace. Advantage is taken of the old hardwood trees that pre-existed the garden and from these terraces, through a gap in the magnificent trees, is a view of the River Conwy and the distant mountains. We were particularly interested in an ‘Arbutus Andrachnoides’ in the upper terrace, originating from Greece which was planted in 1905 and, despite a huge hollowed out trunk, had continued to survive with side trunks establishing and thriving through the decades. This tree, known as a type of ‘strawberry tree’ due to its bright red bark, had vivid streaky patterns of reds and oranges which in the rain looked as though someone had recently painted it.

Jean Hertzog




Executive Representative and South Wales events -
Jude Warren 029 2115 7423

North Wales events- Margaret Stobirski – 01925 263161