This small walled garden on a south-facing precipice was created for Mariamne Johnes as a secret retreat and botanical space. It included a moss house and an ornamental urn by Thomas Banks, inscribed with sentimental verse by Samuel Rogers. No original plantings survive, although later exotic plants include ginkgo, yellow buck-eye and hiba.
Hafod Uchtryd, 12 miles south-east of Aberystwyth, is recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape.
Its most celebrated owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816), built a new house in this remote location and laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural beauties in sympathy with the 'Picturesque principles' fashionable at the time, with circuit walks allowing the visitor to enjoy a succession of views and experiences. Johnes also used the land for farming, forestry, and gardening, in each case trying out new ideas and experimental methods. Hafod became an essential destination for the early tourist in Wales.
Today the Hafod estate occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills. Most is owned by Natural Resources Wales who, in partnership with the Hafod Trust, is managing a conservation and restoration project with public and private funding."
- Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts
Access contact details
www.hafod.org/ 01974 282568
Forestry Commission (Welsh Assembly)
- 18th Century
- Late 18th Century
- Associated People
- Features & Designations
CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales
- Reference: PGW (Dy) 50 (CER)
- Grade: I
- Walled Garden
- Key Information
Late 18th Century
Part: standing remains
Open to the public
- Macve, J., The Hafod Landscape An Illustrated History and Guide (Ystrad Meurig, 2004)