Ffos-y-fran fossils best in show!

Ffos-y-fran rocks once again found themselves the star of the show on the National Museum Wales Cardiff’s award winning stand at this years Royal Horticultural Show which was held in Cardiff’s Bute Park between the 15th – 17th April.

In what is becoming an annual tradition, rocks gathered from Ffos-y-fran were used as part of an interactive fossil hunting attraction on the National Museums stand. Over the three day event, an impressive 7,000 people flocked to the highly commended stand which was voted ‘Best Show Feature’.

The theme of the stand, which was one of over 140 exhibitions at the RHS event, was ‘Plant Evolution, 450 Million Years of Change’. It featured displays of present day plants and insects and shed light on how they have evolved over millions of years from their distant relatives which are now only present as fossils.

A key element of the stand was the popular fossil hunt where children hammered away at rocks taken from Ffos-y-fran in search of plant fossils formed over 300 million years ago. One of the greatest finds over the weekend was an impressive collection of ancient fossilised ferns found within a single boulder.

Ben Evans, from the British Institute for Geological Conservation who developed and oversaw the stand with his team at NMC, said “We are so pleased to have won this award, it really makes all the effort of the team worthwhile. Its clear that visitors to the event enjoyed the Prehistoric theme and, in particular, our ever popular fossil hunting activity using rocks taken from Ffos-y-fran. We would once again like to thank Miller Argent for the donation of their fabulous fossil packed rocks.”


IMG_1864Just one of the many impressive fossils uncovered over the weekend.