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Ambitious new plans for Snowdonia National Park

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On the 26th November, Minister Lesley Griffiths will launch a new and ground-breaking long term Plan for Snowdonia. The Plan will set out in detail how the National Park Authority and its partners will address some of the greatest challenges facing the National Park.

Cynllun Eryri outlines how we will work together to look after the Park and the things that make it unique for future generations. It has been carefully proofed on the basis of the events of 2020 and was adopted by the National Park Authority at their AGM in September.

Although the Authority has to produce a Plan for how we will look after Snowdonia National Park for future generations, we have used this as an opportunity to take a brand new approach to the way we do things.

Wyn Ellis Jones, Chairman of the Snowdonia National Park Authority said:

We have embraced the ways of working from the Well Being of Future Generations Act, and integrated recent priority announcements regarding the environment. We have ensured that a future focussed, ambitious yet realistic set of outcomes are embedded into our mind-sets. As a group of organisations, we have co-operated and committed to what we see as the best approach to ensure that Eryri remains exceptional.”

This Plan has been co-produced in the true spirit of partnership with organisations from the voluntary and private sector, councils and environmental bodies as well as land-managers, communities and businesses. The Partnership, called Fforwm Eryri have listened to people’s ideas and concerns to generate what we believe is an aspirational yet realistic pathway for Eryri over the next five years.

Emyr Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Snowdonia National Park Authority said: 

“Perhaps some of the best feedback we’ve had is that Cynllun Eryri ensures that those who live, work and visit the Park feel well represented and that they have been listened to. That has been our priority since we began this new process almost three years ago.”

Angela Jones the National Park’s Partnerships Manager said: 

“We have started the process of implementing Cynllun Eryri already, with plans underway to reconnect fragmented areas of woodland through the Celtic Rainforests project; initiate innovative sustainable transport and parking options; launch an Ambassador scheme with local businesses; further celebrate our historic environment and our rich cultural heritage through major projects such as the Carneddau Landscape Partnership; and many other exciting things.”

Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, said:

“l am very pleased to launch Cynllun Eryri, which marks the culmination of a lot of effort on the part of the Snowdonia National Park Authority and its partners, which will not only take on board those lessons learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic, but also set out how the authority intends to make use of and improve some of its best assets and timeless natural landscape. 

“| would like to thank all those involved for their work on the Plan, and look forward to formally launching the Plan later this week.”

Rhys Gregory
Editor of Wales247.co.uk

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