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Lloyd George's garden revamped
Lloyd George's childhood garden, photo courtesy of the Daily Post
The garden was given to Gwynedd council as a gift
David Lloyd George's childhood garden is being fully restored to its former glory.

A team of volunteers and keen gardeners have rescued the garden at Highgate, Llanystumdwy near Cricieth.

The garden, which had become a jungle of weeds and brambles after years of neglect, has now been fully restored to its former glory and was opened on 6 September.

Following a Victorian theme, the garden is part of the Lloyd George museum, dedicated to Wales' most famous Liberal statesman.

Maureen Pritchard who works in the museum has participated in the renovation work.

"It started around February and it's looking very colourful now," she said.

"Lots of plants were raised and we've replanted flowers and herbs.

"The rose beds and heather plants look lovely."

David Lloyd George
Former prime minister David Lloyd George died in 1945

It has been split into sections including a bed of old roses, a scented herb section, herbaceous borders and a fernery, which includes several 'Royal Ferns', a particular favourite with the former prime minister

The original garden design has been kept but the paths have been widened so that it will be more suitable for people using wheelchairs.

Created in 1992, a lack of money led to the garden's steady decline and concern among the Friends of the Lloyd George Museum led to an action plan that included bringing together a team of willing volunteers, including museum staff and others to save the garden.

A member of Lloyd George's family - Dr William George - his nephew has already visited the gardens.

"The garden has been well restored. When I was younger the house and garden was rented out and a permanent tenant lived there," said 91-year-old Dr George.

Workers in the garden
Work started on the Victorian themed garden in February

"At that time I remember it was full of potato plants and plum trees.

"Around 20 years ago Gwilym Lloyd George inherited the house and garden and gave it to Gwynedd council as a gift.

The museum also features a Victorian schoolroom that is dedicated to Lloyd George's life and his riverside grave can be seen alongside the river Dwyfor.

In 1890, Lloyd George, entered the Commons as a Liberal representing the Caernarfon boroughs.

At the turn of the century he had a reputation for spirited oratory on behalf of Welsh causes.

In the Asquith government (1908-15) Lloyd George was chancellor of the Exchequer and the man behind the infamous "people's budget" of 1909.

The budget promoted higher land taxes and a super tax on incomes over 3000 to pay for social reform programs and rearming the navy.

Rejected by the Lords, the budget drove a wedge between the two houses that resulted in the Parliament Act of 1911.

The restoration process will be broadcast on gardening series y Clwb Garddio.

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