About the garden
Sue and Ian Mabberley
Nant-y-Bedd Garden is a 10-acre organic garden nestling in an imposing mature forest, 1200ft up in the Black Mountains. Blending seamlessly into the special landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the garden and woodland have slowly developed and grown over 40 years, taking cues from the environment and nature.
Embracing the challenges of a mostly damp, cool and shady setting to its advantage, the garden continually evolves with various projects being added over the years including the natural swimming pond, shepherd's hut and treehouse. Highlights of this magical garden include a productive potager, cottage and edible forest gardens with heritage and unusual cultivars, magnificent trees and a river walk. A strong emphasis on eco-friendly gardening sees vegetables and wildflowers mingle happily.
In 2019 the team were thrilled to welcome Alan Titchmarsh and his team from ITV's Love Your Garden as an 'inspirational garden' for the show. RHS Ambassador Alan Titchmarsh said of the garden: "If there is a more magical wild garden, I have yet to find it! Wonderful!". That year also saw the garden be named Wales' Favourite Garden in the English Garden/ NGS competition.