Cowbridge Physic Garden
The hidden treasure of the Vale
Walk down Church Street in the ancient market town of Cowbridge and behind a high stone wall lies Cowbridge Physic Garden. The garden was originally part of the Old Hall Gardens, laid out by the Edmondes family in the 18th century. Badly neglected in the 20th century it was brought back to life by enthusiastic volunteers and today is a glorious array of medicinal plants and herbs, typical of physic gardens from centuries past.
The site is relatively small, just ½ acre (0.2ha) but is laid out in a formal pattern and contains a fascinating variety of species that would traditionally have been used for healing, cooking and dyeing fabrics.
The garden, situated just 12 miles to the west of Cardiff, is free for all to enjoy. The X2 bus runs to Cowbridge from Bridgend and Cardiff bus stations, close to main line train stations. (Timetable First Cymru Buses 029 20795050 or www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/)
It has been described as a small oasis of calm and tranquillity, just a few steps away from the noise and pressures of modern day life. All paths are flat and well maintained, so pedestrian and wheelchair access is easy.
It is open every day except Christmas Day, 10am-4pm in winter and 10am-6pm in summer. Volunteers are in the garden every Thursday morning. Please ask them for further information about the planting.
Available in The Bay Tree, High Street, Cowbridge, The Cowbridge Bookshop, Eastgate, Cowbridge and in the garden on Thuirsday mornings