Fun Fact Friday: Started in April 1982 and completed in November, the Maze that once stood Margam Country Park covered an acre of land.
Thought to be the largest and most complicated in the world. Over 500 tons of stone was used for the paths, 5 miles of wire for fencing, 1 cwt of staples, 1 mile of string to support the trees and 1500 wooden pegs to secure them to the ground was used in the construction.
Altogether there were 3250 trees in the maze, 3000 cypressocyparis castlewellan (Gold) and 250 cypressocyparis leylandii (Dark Green)
Who remembers the maze?
Today we were joined by 19 members of the Great Photography Walk NPT group, who enjoyed a 2 mile Wildlife Walk around the Park. Split into two smaller group with trained walk leaders, we saw Fallow, Red and Pere David deer along the route. We also saw a magnificent Buzzard overhead before heading back to the courtyard for well earned refreshments. Thank you to Mark for organizing a great photography event. We're already looking forward to the next event in the winter.
We were incredibly proud to be able to represent ourselves with members of staff at Margam Country Park in celebrating our Green Flag award this year. Since the 23rd June this year, we have collected 63 black bags of litter and put in 90 hours of volunteer time to the cause. Well done to our dedicated members! #greenflag #keepwalestidy
Dates have been announced for this popular walk. Please click here for details.
Today marks the final step in our #bagsofhelp initiate with Tesco. We took delivery of these beautiful hand crafted mindfulness inspired benches, made from 160 year old oak and sequoia wood. They feature poetic plaques and are the perfect place to wonder at the natural beauty of the Park.
The friends want to encourage visitors to relax and unwind in the wonderful green space at Margam Country Park. How better to do this than sitting on an inviting bench positioned in a quiet, peaceful part of the Park. Thank you to our member Dennis Short for these photographs.
Would you like to be part of a friendly, welcoming walking group and help to improve your health and fitness? Join trained walk leaders on a gentle walk around the park. Nonmembers welcome!
Meet us at our Courtyard room in the Visitor Center
10.15am every Wednesday
Walks will be for no more than 1 hour and on flat surfaces - so it's suitable for all.
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing (we walk rain or shine!)
Whilst this is a free activity, car parking fees apply (why not purchase car park season ticket?
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Arr me mateys, It's pirate day at the park. Set sail for Captain Jimmy's pirate show and competitions throughout the day. Be careful you don't bump into the ‘Cut-throat’ pirate. The 9ft tall barber who will try and entice you for a haircut as he juggles knives.
Shows in the Castle at 12.00pm and 2.30pm
The friends will be giving away lots of special pirate gifts from our courtyard room. Come along and see what we have to offer. Donations welcome.
Have A Go Archery with the Margam Archers between 11.00am and 4.00pm. 3 arrows £1. Meet at BBQ area to the back of the castle.
We are moving our Facebook 'group' and setting up a new Friends of Margam Park Facebook page. So be sure to like our new page to stay up to date with the latest news and events.
Why are we moving?
We believe that as a group there are many benefits In moving our social media presence from the current format.
Firstly, this will give us an increase in our online presence by allowing us to engage with other groups and pages by tagging and sharing in their posts. Our page will also be featured on search engines such as Google and Bing for the first time. This will help in gathering more leads, which in turn will bring new members into the group.
We want to show the public what we do and by having greater control over the content, marketing and settings it will allow us to keep you up to date with all the latest news and events in the Park.
We will be able to target an audience with particular interests, whether you enjoy children's activities or health walks, the content you see will be catered to your individual needs.
The group will have access to Facebook Insights such as engagement on the page and post performance. This will give every member a better and more professional user experience.
On that note a page offers greater privacy settings for our members, meaning that your personal information will NOT be shared with us.
We will also be able to assign roles of various levels to other members that will help us in creating and moderating content. Which is a setting in which we can not do with the current format.
We can be mobile ready with lots of new features. With our new Facebook page, you can now contact us directly from your phone. See our opening hours and review your experience.
We have outgrown the current group and with some exciting news coming soon we strive to give a better experience to all of our members, guests, and to the general public who have come to love and cherish Margam as much as we do.
It is therefore why we ask you to spread the word about our fantastic new page and get liking!
Please be aware that this current page will go offline on 13/08/2017
After a successful week of Half Term activities our chairman had the following to say.
"As the chairman of the Friends I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all our members who turned up today in organizing and running the craft day which we held in the castle. The 2 days over which this event was run(Monday+Friday) proved to be a massive success, so much so that the visitors I spoke to can't wait for the next time, I must be honest, that although I didn't help much due to the meetings i needed to attend, i was astounded to find,when i looked in our signing in register that we had 25 volunteers on site who were helping with the crafts as well as running our courtyard room, this is proof, if it was ever needed, of how dedicated our volunteers are in making the visitor experience all the more enjoyable and to that everyone can be hold their heads high, its you that make this group tick, its you that to whom i owe so much,and by working together its evident that the Friends have so much to look forward to in the future.....please keep up the good work, not that i need to ask."
100 years ago today Miss Talbot gave £80,000 to the war effort. Today, depending on what you use to measure inflation, it equates to between £6m and £34m. It has long been said she was an exceptional person who was a significant part in the development of the local area. What a remarkable woman!