The Walled Gardens at Picton – An Appeal

When you visit Picton Castle gardens today you will find the walled garden brimming with an eclectic and colourful collection of plants informally arranged in large beds.

Look beyond this and you will become aware of some partially derelict buildings that included the Head Gardeners office and a fruit storage room, above which is a rare surviving example of a grape store.

Next door was the gardener’s bothy which provided accommodation for young, single gardeners amongst whose duties would include stoking the furnace and boilers and providing ventilation to the glasshouses during the night. Adjacent to this were the potting sheds which now form Picton’s indoor fernery. Here you will find a door with potting mixtures written on it in pencil dating from the 1890’s.

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Walled garden range of greenhouses before they were destroyed by storm in the 1950s

Our Grade II Listed Walled Garden is however in dire need of some extensive restoration work to save and restore this unusual, rare and historically significant group of buildings and bring them back into sustainable use whilst retaining their character and setting.

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Impact assessments revealed that Picton’s Walled Gardens are home to Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats, Brown Long-eared bats and Soprano Pipistrelles

Of great importance will be the restoration of the walled garden walls and its wonderful gates, iron railings and gateposts which are topped with what we believe to be Coade stone pineapples. In addition it is hoped to create outdoor planted areas exploring the world of plants and their uses to mankind. It will also include a training and education room, an interpretation suite, improved volunteer and visitor facilities and in doing so, continue to allow and maintain access to bat roosts.

Assisting in the Walled Garden Project are a team of experts in their field including Conservation and Environmentalists, Architects, Surveyors, Interpretation and Educational Specialists. It is currently being part funded by the Picton Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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The collapsed roof adjoining the bothy

We Need Your Help!

This is a £1.1 million project and in order to complete it we need to raise a further £40,000.00

Please Make a Donation Today
because you really can make a difference!

Thankyou for your generosity

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There will soon be many different and fun ways to make this project happen so please visit this page again soon to find out how

Together we can preserve this part of our heritage for generations to come

Donations & Sponsorship by Individuals

The Picton Castle Trust is a Charity (No.519693) and its objectives are to restore and preserve the Castle and Gardens for the pleasure of the public, and to safeguard its future. The generosity of our supporters and local businesses has been crucial to achieving these aims and securing our future. Long and short term plans and projects on our ‘wish list’ can be seen here, however if you wish to make a difference on our current project of restoring the Walled Garden, here’s how you can help:

How To Make A Donation

You can make a donation at any time and pledge any amount – either  in person, online using the form below, or by post:

Cheques should be posted to

The Picton Castle Trust, The Rhos, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4AS

 Thankyou!

GIFT AID – How It Works

If you pay UK Tax, then the Gift Aid Scheme makes your gifts of money go further and increases the value of donations to charities. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities such as ourselves take your donation, which is money you’ve already paid tax on, and reclaim the basic rate tax on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it could be worth £12.50 to us! Find out more on Gift Aid basics here. If you claim age-related allowances or tax credits, Gift Aid donations can sometimes increase your entitlement.

In order that we can claim this, you don’t need to do anything other than let us know that you wish to do this (the online form will take you through the process) – we then reclaim the money from HMRC. Donations to charities under the Gift Aid Scheme are currently increased by 25p for every pound donated.

Higher-rate taxpayers can also claim back the difference between the 20 percent and 50 percent tax rates at year end when they fill out their tax return. If this relief is then donated to charity it too can be boosted by Gift Aid. For example, for each £100 donated by you paying 50% tax in the forthcoming tax year, approximately £37.50 can be reclaimed in relief. If this tax relief is donated as well, then we will receive, for example, a total of £176.28 for each £100 of your own money you donate.