• Help protect Snowdonia’s footpaths

    Join the Big Pathwatch! Join the Ramblers‘ ambitious campaign to protect and improve our glorious footpaths in England and Wales. Please also take part in the Welsh Government’s consultation on Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation, to which the Snowdonia Society is putting together a response. (See below.) Do you love your local footpaths and worry about them becoming […]

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  • Picture this … but without the pylons!

    Today a spectacular corner of Snowdonia National Park moves one step closer to freedom from the blight of giant pylons National Grid have announced the final shortlist of 4 sites for their £500m Visual Impact Provision project, which will see sections of high-voltage lines undergrounded in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in […]

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    Conwy Falls hydro threatens rare plants

    Protected? Cymdeithas Eryri the Snowdonia Society has submitted its response to a planning application (NP4/26/323)  to develop a 5MW hydro-electric scheme at Conwy Falls and the Fairy Glen, near Betws y Coed in Snowdonia.  The development would involve construction of a weir above Conwy Falls, 1 km of rock tunnel, more than 1km of buried pipeline, […]

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    A bridge too far: Local Authority engineers fail to respect National Park

    An old slate clapper bridge over Afon Goch above Llanberis was destroyed in a storm in November 2013. It is hard to imagine anything more out of place and proportion than its new replacement, from the long and wide concrete base to the ridiculously high sides set at an architecturally elegant angle. Overengineered and overspecified, […]

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    Cwm Glas hydro – what is happening in Wales’ wildest landscape?

    Conservation charity the Snowdonia Society says that Greenearth Hydro, the company behind the hydro scheme on the Afon Gennog in Nant Peris,  is breaching the terms of their planning permission and desecrating a pristine part of the National Park landscape. Snowdonia Society Director John Harold said: “What are the developers thinking of?  For over 6 […]

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    National Parks Matter

    Earlier in 2014, John Griffiths, the Welsh Government Minister for National Parks announced a Review of Governance of Designated Landscapes in Wales by an independent Panel. This Panel will look at, amongst other things, a single designation for both National Parks and AONBs. The key issue of whether or not National Park Authorities will retain […]

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  • Glyn Rhonwy Consultation

    Snowdonia Society questions how pumped storage project will connect to National Grid. Having obtained planning permission from Gwynedd Council for a 49.9MW pumped storage development at Glyn Rhonwy, Snowdonia Pumped Hydro Ltd (SPH) are now applying to double the capacity of the project to 99.9MW.  This application will be handled as a ‘major infrastructure project’ […]

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