Oxwich Bay from Nicholaston House

Latest news from Nicholaston House Christian Retreat and Conference Centre.

The 'Quiet Garden' at Nicholaston House Christian Retreat Centre will officially open for the 2016 season this bank holiday Easter Monday.

Open from 10am until 3pm, a special Easter-egg hunt will take place during the day in the grounds (weather permitting). Visitors are welcome to explore the Quiet Garden or simply relax in the conservatory overlooking Oxwich bay. Light refreshments will also be available. In the event of wet weather, the egg hunt will take place inside the House.

Nicholaston House is a member of the Quiet Garden Trust and also one of the few places in Wales with a wild bird garden, having equipment for viewing from the conservatory.

A number of volunteer gardeners maintain the various beds and plant perennial and annuals on a regular basis. Additionally, every Monday a team of community offenders, who have a wildlife project ongoing at the House, continue to enhance the biodiversity of the grounds. They have built paths and walls, as well as making garden furniture and maintaining many items within the garden. In the past the team has won two wildlife and biodiversity awards with the Ministry of Justice. However, it was announced today by Dr Phil Thomas, Head Judge NOMS Wildlife Award, who is based at the Justice Shared Estate Service in London, that this year Wales CRC (Swansea Office) have won the National Overall NOMS Wildlife Award with their nomination for Nicholaston House.

Commenting about their recent community pay-back experience at Nicholaston House, one offender said:

‘I am pleased that I finished my unpaid work order, but I will miss working down at Nicholaston House. I enjoyed working in the gardens and building walls and fences. I hope all the hard work wins us the awards again for the gardens.’

The Quiet Garden at Nicholaston House will be officially open from Monday 28 March until October 2016. After Monday’s special Easter event, visitors are asked to contact the House on (01792) 371317 to advise of their intended visit. Bed and breakfast at the House can also be arranged, subject to availability.