Two years' preparation work came to fruition when the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund was confirmed to the operational phase of the Llŷn Landscape Partnership at the end of 2010. With a contribution of over £700,000 from the Lottery and substantial contributions from the National Trust, the Countryside Council for Wales and Gwynedd Council through the Llŷn AONB Sustainable Development Fund, the project attracted investment worth £1.7 million to the area over a three year period.
This project breaks new ground in Llŷn as it has brought together a number of environmental, statutory, educational and community agencies to collaborate for the benefit of the Peninsula. It became apparent from the outset, through public consultations that the people of Llŷn appreciate the natural beauty of the area and the diverse habitats and land-forms in such a small area. The interest in the area’s industrial heritage was also highlighted and also great pride in the Welsh language and culture.
Much of the work undertaken through the scheme has reflected the aspiration to educate and share information about these virtues with local people and visitors alike.
The work programme can be divided into four principle work areas:
- Protecting habitats and historic assets;
- Ensuring that communities are proud of their cultural heritage;
- Improving access and opportunities to visit and experience the industrial heritage;
- Improving the community skill-set to maintain and improve the landscape
The scheme is administrated by Gwynedd Council, with Arwel Jones working as project manager supervising and implementing the work programme with the Partnership's support.
Projects implemented include:
- A scheme to renovate two traditional cottages in Rhiw;
- Work to manage the coastal heathlands of Llŷn;
- Develop an educational resource at the Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw Woodland in Llanbedrog;
- Llŷn Coastal Festival;
- The Hill-fort Festival in Felin Uchaf, Rhosirwaun;
- ‘Heli yn ein Gwaed’ a film looking at the maritime history of the area. Video can be viewed here.
- Work to create a number of circular walks linked to the Llŷn Coastal Path;
- A number of training opportunities with accreditation in rural skills;
- Activities offering volunteering opportunities with the National Trust and Keep Wales Tidy;
- A project to strengthen the link between Bardsey Island and the mainland. Video can be viewed here.
- Activities to encourage learners to use their Welsh, and to get to know the area.
For more information on the Partnership, contact Arwel Jones (Llŷn Landscape Partnership Officer) on 01758 741 909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org