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National Botanic Garden receives restoration funding

Artist John Horner painted stunning pictures of the Gardens during the Regency period. Credit: National Botanic Garden of Wales

The first stage of a £6.7 million plan to restore historic Regency landscape at the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been given the go-ahead.

It's been announced that the Garden has received initial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop it's plans for the Regency Restoration project.

In what will be the biggest project in the Garden's history, it will aim to uncover the origins of Middleton Hall - the grand estate that the Garden now occupies.

The scheme will also involve major archaeological work which will see the restoration of the Regency landscape of the area, including the contemporary planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.

The work will involve restoring some of the Regency designs of the Garden. Credit: National Botanic Garden of Wales

"It is an ambitious project and the most significant undertaking since the Garden opened in 2000. It is one which will not only provide enduring value to this part of Wales but is also very much about honouring the original vision of...all the Garden's founders."

– Dr Rosie Plummer, Director of the National Botanic Garden
The Middletons were a wealthy family who settled in Carmarthenshire and helped establish the East India Company. Credit: National Botanic Garden of Wales


A dull start to the day, brightening up later


A dull and misty start with hill fog and outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Drier and brighter conditions with sunny spells should spread in from the northwest through the day. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Whilst it should stay generally dry, it may be often rather cloudy. Temperatures are going to climb though, which means it will feel warm in any bright or sunny spells.

Man dies in diving incident in north Wales quarry

Diver dies at quarry

A man has died after a diving incident at Dorothea Quarry, just outside Caernarfon, Gwynedd.

The man was with two other divers at the Quarry when the incident happened.

Police were at the scene, along with the Air Ambulance and a helicopter from 22 Squadron.

The man was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd where he was pronounced dead.

The other two divers were taken to a hospital on the Wirral for de-compression treatment.

At just after 1.15pm this afternoon, North Wales Police were requested to attend at Dorothea Quarry, which is situated just outside Caernarfon, following reports that a diver had been pulled out after getting into difficulty whilst he was 40meters under the surface. The 41 year old man was pulled out by two other divers.

– North Wales Police statement

North Wales Police are currently investigating the incident.


Protesters gather in Cardiff ahead of NATO summit

Cardiff protest
Protests are being held ahead of the NATO summit Credit: ITV News Wales / Richard Morgan

Protestors have gathered to march through the streets of Cardiff this afternoon.

The march is part of a week of action against the NATO Summit which will be held at the city's Celtic Manor Resort on Thursday and Friday.

It comes after hundreds of campaigners marched through Newport yesterday.

Obama to visit school during NATO summit

The US president is to visit a school during his two-day trip to Wales, the White House has confirmed.

He'll be joined by Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday morning to meet with students.

Barack Obama
Credit: PA Images

Obama is the first serving American President to visit Wales.

He'll then go on to join other global leaders at the NATO summit for an official photo at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport and attend a number of sessions.

That evening, there will be a working dinner on security challenges at the historic Cardiff Castle, which the president will also attend.

On Friday morning, the president will watch the NATO flypast which is taking place over Newport and Cardiff.

The White House confirmed he will stay in Wales until Thursday night and fly back to Washington on Friday.

Mostly fine today, but rain arriving later

Today: The odd light shower here and there cannot be ruled out, but for most it is going to be a fine day with light winds and sunny spells, making it feel quite warm at times. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Tonight: After a fine evening for many, a band of rain is set to spread in from the northwest overnight, bringing low cloud and hill fog. Minimum temperature 10 deg C (50 deg F).

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