Glyn Bach once belonged to the nearby Gilfach Slate Quarry and the house was divided into two small properties, one for the Estate Manager and one for the Estate Foreman.
The house is immediately surrounded by wide slate and stone walls which incorporate about 2 acres of cultivated garden. This, in turn, is surrounded by 4 acres of woodland, scrub, bog and a large pond. The garden includes outcrops of slate and bluestone (the famous 'Stonehenge' bluestone)
Birdlife is plentiful and visitors have included a Ring Ouzel, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Spotted Flycatchers. Residents include Tawny Owls, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Marsh Tits, various Warblers, Treecreepers and Nuthatches.
Reptiles include Grass Snakes, Palmate Newts, Lizards, Toads and Frogs.
This whole garden is intended as a refuge for wildlife so has been planted sympathetically, in both the cultivated and uncultivated areas, to blend into one harmonious, picturesque and peaceful location.
Glyn Bach Gardens is a haven for wildlife particularly Bats, Bees, Birds and Butterflies
Glyn Bach has many species of Bumble and Solitary Bee which we will continue to monitor and photograph. The garden is well stocked with Monardas which are a favourite plant for the long tongued Bumble Bees, however, we are careful to provide plants and flowers which are attractive to all pollinators.
We also have our own honey bees, which are thriving in the clean air of the Preselli Hills.
Our mission is to provide a safe haven for all wildlife and to provide food and shelter thoughout the year by planting wildlife friendly flora.
There are no visible boundaries between garden and countryside. One melds into the other and seasonal displays of flowers include wild bluebells, campion, ragged robin, marsh woundwort, meadowsweet, rosebay willowherb, wood anemone, wild cherry, blackthorn, and much more.
The pond is fed from a spring and is full of wildlife. Again last year the mass exodus of baby toads was spectacular and held up our lawn mowing for several weeks until they had all dispersed.
To improve habitats we are have removed holly, blackthorn and bramble which has infested the woodland and reinstated hazel coppices.
Our experiments with annual flower beds, to see which mixes provided the most oportunities for pollinators over the longest period, proved that Echium Blue Bedder and Phacelia are invaluable for our bees.
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