NEWS IN BRIEF: A last-minute funding lifeline ...

A last-minute funding lifeline has postponed the closure of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The troubled centre at Llanarthne in Carmarthenshire was due to shut this week after the Welsh Assembly Government refused to pay £3 million to bail it out. But a spokesman for the garden revealed that an offer of funding came from an unnamed source just before the administrators were called in. Talks involving the garden's trustees, the Millennium Commission and the mystery funding source were due to take place as Planning went to press.

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