The Gwaenysgor Conservation Group was founded in 1980 and has been successful in achieving some important changes in the village. The Group is a registered charity and its objectives are “to conserve the village of Gwaenysgor, its wildlife and natural habitat.” Gwaenysgor has been identified as a conservation village and is within the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Minutes of Meetings
Recent activities by the Conservation Group
The Conservation Group has been fortunate to secure founding from Cadwyn Clwyd to convert the K6 telephone box into a Community Information Centre . We are in discussions with Cadwyn Clwyd as to the design and contents .
Our thanks go to the members who turned up to litter pick on Saturday 17th September – the good weather helped. Our thanks go to Judith of “keep Wales tidy ” who provided the equipment and also to FCC who collected the rubbish in the afternoon.
Annual General Meeting
The Group AGM was held on Wednesday 28th September, 2016 at 7 pm in the village hall Gwaenysgor
Please click on the below green link – whereby a pdf of the minutes of the AGM is available.
The Conservation Group has been the recipient of an award from the AONB and from Age Concern for its work in the past and in 2007 one of the founders was honoured by the AONB Advisory Committee “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the conservation and enhancement of the landscape of the AONB”.
The Group has been successful in acquiring a series of grants for its work. Additional work on dry stone walls, hedge laying and a mapping of historical features will be completed under the terms of the last grant in 2007-08. Gwaenysgor remains the only parish in the AONB to have all its footpaths open.
At the Millennium a sub-committee worked with the Community Council to create the Millennium Trail linking Gwaenysgor and Trelawnyd. Some of the other things that have been accomplished over the years include:
- Working with MANWEB to underground electricity cables;
- The restoration and planting of Chapel Green;
- Planting on the village green and restoring the bench and fence;
- The provision of other benches in the village;
- Tree planting;
- Dry stone walling; hedge laying; replacement of styles.
- Introduction of kissing gates to make the countryside more accessible;
- Publication of a village booklet;
- Provision of a village notice board
- A series of open meetings on topics of conservation and natural history interest.
The group is monitoring and actively involved in:
- The condition of the bridleway to Llanasa
- The condition of various footpaths in and around the village.
- The provision of road names.
- Anti litter campaign.
We are very grateful for past support by members and invite new members to join us in our work.
Subscription rates: £5 per person or £8 per couple.
Please find enclosed in this newsletter a subscription form for completion and return to: The Treasurer – Mr John C. Whiteway, Y Bryn, 3 Cae Gwyn, Gwaenysgor, Flintshire. LL18 6LJ
Walking with History
Walking with History, a guide to walks in Gwaenysgor and Trelawnyd was written by Roger Hadley, who was an enthusiastic member of the group until his death in 2001. It was published in 2000 to accompany the establishment of the Millennium Trail, which was created with a grant to the Trelawnyd & Gwaenysgor Community Council.
The Gwaenysgor Conservation Group took responsibility for work on the walks in this parish. The Millennium Trail was opened by Sir Dafydd Elis Thomas in January 2001. Roger Hadley was also the author of a history of the village entitled On Common Land: an Exploration of the History of a North Wales Village from 1850 to 2000, which was published in 2003. The blurb on the dust cover says:
“Well illustrated, rich in detail, full of characters and controversy, the book is both a good read and a doorway into the past of our grandparents and great-grandparents.”
Copies of the book are available from Clare Wenger Hadley, Tir Gwelyog, Gwaenysgor.
Email: email@example.com/(01745) 856377
Contacting the Group
Clare Wenger Hadley will be maintaining this page on behalf of the Conservation Group therefore, any material re conservation matters, please contact her on: firstname.lastname@example.org/Tel:(01745) 856377.
On Common Ground
Want to find out even more about Gwaenysgor?
We are very grateful for the permission granted to use several extracts from On Common Ground: An Exploration of the History of a North Wales Village 1850-2000 by Roger Hadley.
If you’d like to find out more, copies of this book are available from Clare Wenger: email@example.com or phone (01745) 856377.
The book is £18.50 plus p&p.