Kennel Bank

Development of the Kennel Bank as a part of the Arboretum revival project has started

As a part of the five year project to revive the Arboretum to the glory it deserves, we have removed the heather from the Kennel Bank near the entrance to the gardens. Not only will the grassland be improved, but we will also be planting drifts of bulbs in the autumn and more trees across the slope in the winter.

Following the removal of the heather, the next stage will be to prepare the ground for sowing with a meadow grass mix using species based on a similar soil type to ours, which should encourage wildflowers to grow through natural succession over time.

Euphrasia (eyebright) in the Kennel Bank

For the first time...

We discovered this Euphrasia (eyebright) in the Kennel Bank. Like the yellow rattle, this is a grass parasite that will help control the rank vegetation species that often appear in newly established meadow areas. This might have come from the green hay that we put down at the end of summer 2016.

This autumn, we have planted drifts of bulbs containing several thousand crocus and daffodils to naturalise in the grass to provide an attractive spring display. Additional bulbs will also be added for a bit of early summer colour to compliment any wildflowers which come through.

Over the winter, we will be extending the arboretum down towards the path by planting more birch trees and other interesting ‘pioneer’ species.

There will be a reintroduction of heather with some spot planting in a naturally scattered fashion, to provide early forage for the bees.

" Previously, the Kennel Bank was overrun with troublesome mare’s tail and historically, this area had a very different feel with deciduous trees planted along the path. We will be expanding this collection and enhancing the biodiversity here at Dyffryn by following the meadow management plan, encouraging wildflowers and planting a variety of bulbs to provide good forage for bees and insects. Expect a rich display of autumn colour and vibrant spring and summer displays."
- Chris Flynn