PLANTASIA, everyone’s favourite tropical paradise, is taking its annual fortnight’s holiday from Monday January 8 to prepare the way for the 2018 season.
The destination in Parc Tawe is one of the city’s most popular attractions and specialist staff will be coming on site to give some TLC to the rich diversity of plant, creature and tree life.
The work, which includes the use of a cherry picker to reach some of the vegetation’s upper layers, forms part of an on-going annual maintenance project.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: “As well as a huge variety of exotic animals, Plantasia is also home to lots of rainforest vegetation, which combine to provide a visitor experience that’s as fun as it is educational.
“The health and wellbeing of both the plant and animal life there is of paramount importance, which is why a comprehensive maintenance programme is undertaken at the start of every year.
“Plantasia had a great 2017 as we welcomed tens of thousands of visitors as well as pupils and students from local schools. We’ll be throwing open our doors once again from Tuesday January 23.
Some of the year’s highlights included the introduction of a family of 4 chipmunks and the attraction’s community of eight terrapin turtles being moved to the main pond so visitors can enjoy their antics more.
Maria Bowen, education officer at Plantasia, said: “The chipmunks are very active creatures, they have settled in well and have been growing fast since they joined us a few months ago.
“They’ve been a great new addition to a fun visitor attraction that educates people about animals and wildlife from across the world.”
Plantasia is also home to snakes, a bearded dragon, parakeets, lorikeet, spiders and many insects.
Have a look at www.swansea.gov.uk/plantasia for more information or call 01792 474555.
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