Council support for Botanic Gardens until 2020

Credit: ITV Cymru/Wales

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.