Improvements to Gladstone Gardens

06 April 2016

The Vale of Glamorgan Council wants to hear the views of residents, on improving one of Barry’s most popular gardens.

Gladstone Gardens Upper Area


Gladstone Gardens is a park near the centre of Barry.  It was named after William Gladstone, the four-time Prime Minister, and was the venue for the opening ceremony of the National Eisteddfod of Wales when it was hosted in Barry in 1968.  When the Eisteddfod returned to the Vale of Glamorgan in 2012, Gladstone Gardens was the chosen venue for the Proclamation Ceremony announcing the festival.



Over recent years the park has started to show its age and is in need of some attention to restore its charm.  The Vale of Glamorgan Council has identified funding to make necessary improvements to the park and would like to hear the views of residents on how best to allocate the funding, before beginning the improvement work in the summer.


Gladstone Gardens Lower AreaThe Council is initially proposing three areas where it is felt that repairs are the most needed, but will not make a decision until residents’ views have been taken into consideration.  The three proposals are upgrading the walls and entrances, replacing gates and fences, and upgrading the play area.

Do you agree with these priorities, or do you think there are other areas of the park that need to take priority?  To have your say, you can complete the Council’s online survey by visiting, or by attending a drop-in session at the Vale of Glamorgan Civic Offices, Holton Road on Wednesday 13 April, between 18:00 and 20:00.


You can also share your views in writing to the Council:



Corporate and Customer Services

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Civic Offices

Holton Road


CF63 4RU

The consultation will also be looking at the creation of a volunteer group to take responsibility for maintaining certain parts of the garden.  The consultation will end on Wednesday 27 April.