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A Green Christmas at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

With the term 'single-use' being crowned the 2018 Word of the Year by the Collins Dictionary, the National Botanic Garden is aiming to inspire people how to reduce the waste, excess and stress often associated with Christmas, through a seasonal series of workshops, fairs and shows.

Garden visitors will be able to shop locally and support local businesses and producers by visiting our popular Christmas Fairs. Get the perfect handcrafted gift at the Christmas Craft Fair and enjoy a real taste of Christmas at the Christmas Food Fair, with both events being held in the Garden’s iconic Great Glasshouse.

You can also take in a show with the Garden’s specially-commissioned Christmas Pantomime, in partnership with Mess Up The Mess theatre company, and daily Owl Shows, run by the British Bird of Prey Centre, where you get to meet Santa Owl.

To help take the stress out of wrapping and decorating, our Growing the Future project is running free, bookable short courses where you can make your own wrapping paper, create a willow wreath which doubles-up as a bird feeder and produce beautiful cyanotype gifts and tags, plus much more.

Along with the bookable courses there will be drop-in sessions where everyone can have a go. From the beginning of December, each week has its own theme starting with ‘Wrapping and Planning’, then ‘Christmas Crafts’ followed by ‘Christmas Food and Table Decorations’.

To book on to a free course, please visit the Garden’s Eventbrite page at
Please note that these free courses do not include Garden admission.

The Garden’s Head of Science, Dr Natasha de Vere said: “I am really excited about our Sustainable Christmas. We want our visitors to have a wonderful time, exploring the beautiful Botanic Garden, making their own Christmas decorations and enjoying our Christmas events. As a charity with sustainability as core to its mission, we want to celebrate a green Christmas that does not cost the Earth.”

Free workshops are provided by the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which aims to champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, health and well-being.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For more information about this or other events, please call 01558 667149, email or visit

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