SAM Rowlands, MS for North Wales, is backing a National Trust appeal for funds to repair and rejuvenate Bodnant Garden in Conwy.

Over 50 trees were uprooted at Bodnant Garden during Storm Arwen last November, including a 51-metre ‘Champion’ coast redwood - the largest of its kind in Wales - and many hybrid rhododendrons that are unique to the property.

Mr Rowlands said: “I recently visited this world famous and popular tourist attraction to talk to National Trust and gardening staff and see how work is progressing after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc all over North Wales in November 2021.

“The storm caused a lot of serious damage, including the cancellation of the live TV broadcasts of the show, ‘I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’ from Gwrych Castle in Abergele.

“Fortunately, much of Bodnant Garden was untouched by the storm but several trees were uprooted including a Grand Sequoia, which was a popular attraction for people taking selfies.

“I was pleased to see the clear-up process was progressing well and staff are working hard to make sure tourists will continue to visit Wales’ most popular National Trust destination.”

The gardens are open to the public but the worst affected area of Furnace Wood still remains closed to visitors.

The National Trust is asking supporters to donate what they can to its Woodlands fundraising appeal to help with restoration now and in the future: