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    Under pressure: National Parks need to be understood not undermined

    Welsh National Parks Face worst cuts of all Local Authorities For Snowdonia, after 14% cuts over the last two years, the 2016/17 budget will be cut by a further 5%, which is 10 times the level facing Cardiff. It is disappointing to have to compare our situation with that over the border. In England the […]

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  • Betws-y-Coed – Conwy bus service withdrawn

    Arriva Buses Wales have notified Conwy County Borough Council that the commercially operated Service 19, which runs between Betws-y-Coed and Conwy, will cease to operate from 1st May 2016. Please let them know how this will affect you.

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  • 6,000 call for protection of Conwy Falls & Fairy Glen

    On Friday 5th February, Aberconwy Assembly Member Janet Finch-Saunders will receive a petition with more than 6,000 names, to deliver in person to Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources. The petition asks him to ensure that Conwy Falls & the Fairy Glen are protected from development. The petition will be handed over by representatives of […]

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  • Conwy Falls & Fairy Glen – What’s all the fuss about?

    Multinational energy company RWE Innogy have submitted a planning application to Snowdonia National Park Authority to build a 5MW hydro-electric scheme on the River Conwy. The Snowdonia Society is concerned about the potential for serious negative impacts of this scheme on Conwy Falls and the Fairy Glen Site of Special Scientific Interest. Here’s how you can help.

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    Snowdonia becomes an International Dark Sky Reserve

    In Abergynolwyn on December 4th, it was announced that Snowdonia is now an International Dark Sky Reserve, the tenth in the world.

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    Conwy Falls – an appeal from our Director

    Dear Friends, Please help with this important campaign to save a special place. The threat to Conwy Falls and the Fairy Glen SSSI in Snowdonia and the campaign to save them has brought together a great diversity of organisations and individuals. We think Conwy Falls and the Fairy Glen SSSI are worth saving…

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    Give back to Snowdonia on Giving Tuesday!

    Do you benefit from Snowdonia’s superb scenery, wildness and opportunities for adventure? Why not give something back by making a donation to the Snowdonia Society, or taking part in our volunteer workdays? With threats to special places like the Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen and ever increasing problems of litter, Snowdonia has never needed your help […]

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  • PUBLISHED: Review of Governance of Designated Landscapes in Wales

    Recommendations support our key points Following our submission of written evidence to the panel on both stages of this important review, we are pleased to see that the recommendations support key points we made in our evidence (read our submission), in particular that National Park Authorities should retain their full planning responsibilities and that there is no need […]

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    Save Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen

    Please sign this PETITION to stop the damming of the river Conwy. Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen (an SSSI) are a much-loved focal point for locals visitors, nature-lovers, anglers, and kayakers and are seriously threatened by a major hydro-electric development by RWE, a giant multinational energy company.

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    The Future of Snowdon: have your say

    Snowdonia National Park Authority press release In a series of meetings leading up to a major conference in November, local residents and businesses will be able to voice their opinions and share their ideas on matters relating to managing Wales’ most iconic mountain, Snowdon. As the number of visitors to the area drop during the […]

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  • 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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