The Toll House garden

In the 1890s, toll keepers David and Maria Williams kept the suspension bridge running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Maria even took in washing from around the town of Conwy to make extra money to sustain the family.

During his time as the toll keeper on Conwy Suspension Bridge and to help feed his family of 6, David created a vegetable garden and sold any surplus food to people crossing the bridge.

Since 2013, the National Trust has teamed up with Bwyd Bendigedig (Incredible Edible) to re-create David’s garden.

Incredible Edible hard at work in the bridge garden.
Some of the team from Incredible Edible in the Conwy Suspension Bridge garden
Incredible Edible hard at work in the bridge garden.

As a volunteer group, Bwyd Bendigedig work tirelessly to make sure that the garden is stocked with delicious vegetables and aromatic herbs. They even encourage visitors to the garden to pick and taste the food grown there, providing a unique twist to the experience.  Step back in time to when David and Maria would have tended to the patch themselves.