This autumn visit to Margam in Wales (https://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/margam-discovery-centre.aspx) will pick up on autumn colour in leaves, bracken and fungi with scenic views inland of the hills and to the south the Bristol Channel. Two days will focus on the gardens with specimen trees, orangery, citrus house, Margam House (1827 Victorian Gothic) and displays of house family and its garden history. In event of inclement weather there are plenty of covered escapes. There are level paths to and from the Discovery centre and the gardens giving a choice of route, out one way, back another and no great distance. There is an active Friends of Margam Park group and we hope to involve them in our visit.
On the last full day there is the chance of a visit to Clyne Gardens in Swansea with old specimen trees and on the way back a newly developed strip of sand-dunes with typical flora as a result of the University persuading the city not to sweep all the seaweed off the beach, saving them money and also solving the problem of windblown sand covering the coast road. There is also a small botanical garden in Swansea.
This is in the purpose-built modern building giving en suite facilities in all rooms and ample provision for single occupancy. The package includes evening meal on the day of arrival, B & B 3 nights, packed lunches each day, use of a lab as HQ with full digital projection facilities and microscopes and use of a common room for making hot drinks at any time and to relax on return from the field. The Centre minibus will be booked for the Swansea visit.
Travel is via Great Western from Paddington (or Reading) to Port Talbot where there will be minibus pickup on arrival c.4.30pm.
The cost includes FSC accommodation and SLBI course fee. Payment can be made by the tickets below or by BACS Acc: 10853011 20-94-67/Cheque/Phone payment. If required please telephone us for more details:
June Chatfield £325 members/£375 non-members