Of the 33 acres of ground at Gliffaes a good deal of it is planted over with trees. A lot of this is on steep sloping ground where we are starting to thin out the hazel and sycamore which has been badly damaged by squirrels over the years. This will let the light in to the forest floor, encourage woodland flowers and give more space for the bigger trees. However, the most wonderful feature of our garden is the the truly magnificent collection of mature trees both native and exotic, broadleaf and confier. It is clear to see that over the last 400 years successive owners of the property have carefully considered their tree planting. This was very true of my late father-in-law, Nick Brabner who planted hundreds of trees and nurtured many of the specimens along their way to maturity.
Behind me in the photograph is part of a strip of woodland which was planted by Nick as part of a nationwide Millenium tree planting scheme. A three quarter mile long strip of both specimen and native trees was planted. Not many of the specimen trees survived, but enough to make the planting still interesting. It has been my task over the winter to begin thinning out the first stretch of this woodland. So far I have removed about 6 tons of timber which we will split and store for the fires in the hotel.
Susie and I are determined to carry on with Nick’s planting and careful nurturing of the trees at Gliffaes. We have enlisted the help of arboriculturist, Steve Clark, to develop a plan for the existing trees, help us with ideas for what else to plant and to help us create a ‘tree walk’. We would like guests to be able to take themselves around the grounds and discover more about the magnificent trees as well as us showing small interested groups around the Gliffaes trees. This is still very much work in progress. If you are interested in a tour of the trees then do please get in touch with Susie or I.
The age of that oak tree I am sitting on? 190 years old approximately.
The huge Lucombe Oak at Gliffaes
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.