Ffos-y-fran rock takes centre stage at the RHS event

The 2015 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) event in Cardiff’s Bute Park saw Miller Argents Ffos-y-Fran rocks take quite a hammering.

The joint National Museum of Wales & British Institute for Geological Conservation (BIGC) marquee at the national RHS event played host to an exciting fossil hunt.

The fossil hunt was made possible through the donation, by Miller Argent, of two and a half tonnes of rock from their Ffos-y-Fran open cast site in Merthyr Tydfil.

Visitors were each tooled up with hammer and chisel and set loose on the pile of rocks on the promise of unearthing fossils that had lain hidden for hundreds of millions of years.
Over the three day event more than five thousand children, parents and grandparents were drawn to the stand.

Ben Evans of BIGC said “It’s great to think that our popular fossil hunt events are helping to inspire the next generation of Wales’ palaeontologists. The rocks from the Ffos-y-Fran site are full of interesting fossils which make them perfect for fossil hunting. This is the third year that Miller argent has donated rocks and we are most grateful as, without their support, these events would not be possible.”