At the PembsNTA AGM on 14th April 2015, Chairman Dick Coggins welcomed Tim Sims-Williams to the committee, as day trip organiser. He thanked Graham Morgan, who is standing down from the role of treasurer, for his valued work. (Margaret Price has kindly agreed to stand in as acting treasurer.)
A cheque for £3000 was presented to Jonathan Hughes of Pembrokeshire National Trust. The funding will be put towards two projects. In south Pembrokeshire it will be used to buy plants for the rose garden in Stackpole, which is being regenerated. In north Pembrokeshire the money will go towards wrapping a trailer with photos of the area which will promote the work of the National Trust to locals and visitors.
After the formal business, Steve Whitehead, Head Gardener and manager at Colby Lodge Woodland Gardens, talked of developments at the property. Changes have to respect the wildlife habitat and maintain/enhance the “spirit of the place” (as determined by the staff and visitor experience).
Progress is being made on expansion of the car park (as a response to increasing visitor numbers). Additionally, the restoration of the Little Craig y Borian farmhouse will provide accommodation for volunteers, whose work on the estate is invaluable.