Great news for dog owners who take holidays in South Wales!
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is allowing dogs on its grounds for the first time.
The Garden opened to the public in May 2000 but has only allowed guide dogs on to its 600 acre site, which includes a national nature reserve. Due to public demand on Saturday March 9, the doors will be open to all responsible dog owners for a special ‘one day’ trial.
Curator Simon Goodenough said: “The most frequently asked question by would-be visitors to the Garden is: ‘Are dogs allowed?’ so we are really reacting to public demand by holding this trial.”
Simon said it was clear the Garden should “give the trial day a try” but that there were some basic rules such as dogs being kept on leads, off the flower beds, out of the buildings and that owners clear up after their pets.
“Because we haven’t ever had dogs here, we are asking people to act responsibly and be considerate as we are not geared up for poop scooping.”
Not that Simon is expecting any problems, though: “There’s plenty of room for everyone here and plenty to explore. Many of our members and visitors are dog owners and we know they love the Garden and respect what we have here so there’s no reason to think it will be anything other than another fabulous day out at the best garden in Wales.”
The National Botanic Garden is open from 10am until 4.30pm every day and best of all there is no entrance fee for dogs!
Don’t forget to check out our two pet friendly holiday parks in South Wales. You can visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales when you and your best friend stay at Trecco Bay in Porthcawl or Pendine Sands set on the stunning Carmarthenshire coastline.
To check availability for March visit our spring breaks page today >
To find out more about taking your dog on holiday with Parkdean visit our page on pet friendly holidays >