Thursday, 24 June 2010

Cows Invade Garden, Promoting Carmarthenshire

This was the scene that greeted me from one of my kitchen windows the other morning when the milking cows had been put in the field behind the house and had decided that the wilder part of the garden was much more tempting. They had manged to push down a length of fence and were happily grazing on the bank behind my drying lawn. The Farmer speedily got them moved  and repaired the fence before there was mass invasion of the garden.

Yesterday a friend & I attended the Carmarthenshire Tourism Summit held in the new Parc y Scarlets stadium ( the Scarlets rugby team stadium) in Llanelli. The summit was put on by Carmarthenshire Tourist Association & Carmarthenshire County Council and proved to be an interesting event. (http://www.carmarthenshiretourism.co.uk/ / http://www.visitcarmarthenshire.co.uk/)
There were about 170 people attending representing all aspects of the tourism industry, everything from self-catering accommodation, to adventure days out, museums, B&Bs and prime tourist attractions like the National Botanic Garden of Wales (http://www.gardenofwales.co.uk/) and our friends with the yurts & tipis (http://www.larkhilltipis.co.uk/).
Carmarthenshire has always been regarded as the 'hidden jewel' of Wales and a county that suffers from its proximity to Pembrokeshire. It has always been somewhere that one passes through on the way to Pembrokeshire. However that is changing and last year 2.8 million visitors came to the county (!) which is astounding. I'm proud to say that a number of them stayed here at Penyrallt and discovered how lovely and varied this part of Wales is. Carmarthenshire is a county of contrasts; in the south there are the more industrial areas around Ammanford and Llanelli but up here in the north we have a deeply rural environment with remote farms, tiny villages and attractive old market towns and very many fascinating historic sites connected to old legends and stories as well beautiful hidden valleys and dramatic uplands.
Come and find out for yourselves!
Thats my pitch for tourism in West Wales!!

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