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Okay, we know that Anglesey is famous for its salty, sandy coastline. But there are many green and grassy places to visit too, including The ‘hidden gardens’ Plas Cadnant is the past reborn. This captivating historic garden, on a secluded hillside above the Menai Strait between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris, is being brought back to life thanks to a loving restoration project. The present owner bought the 200-acre Plas Cadnant Estate in 1996. Since then large parts of the gardens have been spectacularly returned to their former glory. You’re treated to three gardens in one – an unusual walled garden with curved walls and pool, a secret valley garden with a river and waterfalls, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19th-century folly. It’s an ongoing project that captures the imagination of all who visit it. And that’s an increasing number, for this secret place is swiftly being discovered. There’s also a tea room and you can stay in one of Plas Cadnant’s holiday cottages, beautifully converted from old estate buildings. House and garden Plas Newydd at Llanfair PG is more than an historic house. It stands on the shores of the Menai Strait in a glorious setting. Its extensive gardens and grounds, resplendent in all seasons, include a spring garden, Australasian arboretum, Italianate-style summer terrace, rhododendron garden, massed hydrangeas that give autumn colour and an idyllic woodland walk. It’s a small world Anglesey Model Village, Newborough, creates a miniature world of one-twelfth size buildings, many copied from famous Anglesey landmarks. But it’s not just about Lilliputian landscapes. The village is set in an acre of landscaped gardens with water features, plants and trees. The forest by the sea Newborough Forest is a strange place. It’s a conifer woodland that, on the face of it, seems to have an incongruous location next to dunelands and one of our largest beaches. But that’s the reason for its existence. It was planted between 1947 and 1965, originally to protect the village of Newborough from wind-blown sand as well as for commercial reasons. Nowadays, it’s a cool green space with waymarked trails and picnic sites, popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders – and red squirrels (it’s one of their most important conservation areas in the UK). parks, gardens and nature reserves.


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