The Penllergare Trust

The Penllergare Trust

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  • Animals / wildlife
  • Environment
  • Local / community

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Since its formal inception in 2000, the Penllergare Trust has been guided by its Mission and Vision:

“To protect, conserve, restore and maintain the cultural landscape of Penllergare for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of the public; also to promote the appreciation and knowledge of Penllergare, together with the protection and conservation of the wildlife and their habitats.” Mission Statement

“For the cultural landscape of Penllergare to be cherished by the nation cared for by local communities and for Valley Woods and associated land and buildings to be enjoyed by everyone who visits, fulfilling a diverse range of cultural, social, economic and environmental needs.”  Vision

Now twenty years on the Trust has renewed its commitment to its Mission and Vision, which were underpinned by the three pillars of Conservation, Community and History. During this time Penllergare Valley Woods has experienced a remarkable degree of growth and having achieved many of its original objectives, the Trustees Board now feel it time to re-evaluate and in doing so has established the overall objective of becoming a Regional Visitor Attraction of Note.


The Trust Manages 275 acres of Historic Parkland and its two scheduled ancient monuments (The Penllergare Orchid House and the Equatorial Observatory) and supports over 120 volunteers in a wide range of activities. It provides a regionally important visitor attraction operating a Coffee Shop and soon to be completed Visitor Centre. It is also continuing its restoration of the historic feature which include a walled garden and promoting many of the world firsts which occurred on the site. 

We facilitate  many other community groups to carry a wide range of activities including recovering patients and health referrals, early years hlp, school visits, community energy promotion and we support special needs schools and colleges.    


The Trust has agreed three further objectives:

  • The preservation and conservation of the natural and cultural environment of Penllergare Valley Woods for the benefit of the people of Swansea and its visitors.
  • The restoration of the once nationally recognised gardens and plant collections
  • The establishment of a community based business which will provide employment for local people and enjoyment, fulfilment and opportunities for those who wish to volunteer their time.

Following the success of Phase I of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Project, the Trust is now embarking  on PHASE 2 which will enable the Trust to further meet its stated objectives through providing financial sustainability by supporting and increasing the opportunities for income, further restore and enhance the cultural and ecological aspects of the site and establish more and diverse opportunities for volunteering and community engagement.

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