Park steeped in Swansea's history gets historic status
A SWANSEA park donated to the city's workers more than 120 years ago has had its historic status confirmed.
Parc Llewelyn in Morriston was donated to the city by the squire, of Penllergare John Dillwyn Llewelyn, in 1878.
Llewelyn was a landowner and philanthropist and donated the land so local people could enjoy a green space away from the industrial landscape which characterised Swansea at the time.
Now, in recognition of its past, the Welsh Government's historical and environmental service, Cadw, has placed it on its register of landscapes, parks and gardens of special historical interest.
Stephen James, chairman of the Friends of Parc Llewelyn group, said the move was excellent news.
"People from Cadw came to do a survey on the park in March this year and we have just had it confirmed that it will be going on the register.
"It is one of the major Victorian parks in Swansea and the first in Morriston.
"It will protect the park from any possibility of development, many years ago there was a fear that something might happen.
"It is a lovely park, which is still a little bit unknown, people say to us still that they don't know it existed."
Llewelyn, who also created the estate gardens in Penllergare, died in1882.
A spokesman for Cadw said: "Parc Llewelyn is one of the major Victorian public parks of Swansea and survives in its entirety, including the circuit drive and original planting.
"The aim is to provide information on these important sites to aid their protection and conservation."