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Council support for Botanic Gardens until 2020

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Carmarthenshire County Council says it will extend its support to the National Botanic Garden of Wales until March 2020.

Members of the executive board have agreed to extend the authority’s £1.35m interest free loan to the Garden and allow the continued occupation of farmhouses, currently leased by the council, for two more years.

It says visitor numbers are up on last year by 17 per cent and income on the previous year has increased by 23 per cent.

A £7m Regency restoration project has also started with £3.55m of Heritage Lottery funding secured, aiming to boost tourism, conservation, heritage, volunteering and skills-development opportunities.

Dragon Tree flowers after 40 years

The Dragon Tree is extinct in its Canary Islands home. Credit: James Davies

The Dragon Tree at the National Botanic Garden of Wales was already 25 years old when it was planted. Now nearly 15 years later it has flowered for the first time.

It's thought to have been prompted into bloom by the recent hot weather.

The flower spike could grow to 4 feet. Credit: James Davies

Botanists say when the bark or leaves of Dracaena Draco are cut, they secrete a reddish resin - one of the sources of the substance known as dragon's blood used to stain wood like that in Stradivarius violins.

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Vintage Motorcycle Club visits National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Members of the Vintage Motorcycle Club, the largest motorcycle club in the world, will be dropping in at the National Botanic Garden of Wales today. They'll show off their bikes to visitors in the Millennium Square.

"The most important environmental art installation ever to come to Wales"

Ten giant hardwood tree trunks have been installed at the National Botanic Gardens in Carmarthenshire.

The 'Ghost Forest' as it's known is described as "the most important environmental art installation ever to come to Wales". The 20 tonne trunks represent the depletion of the world's natural resources.