AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


News and events

  • Volunteer Programme October 2015 - March 2016


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    There  are a range of opportunities for you to get involved in the work of Denbighshire Countryside Service - we neen your help!  From Rhyl & Prestatyn in the North along the Clwydian Range to Hiraethog and the Dee Valley in the South, you can  join in every once in a while or every week - the choice is yours.  Tasks vary from tree planting to dry stone walling, footpath construction to creating wildlife habitiats.  No previous experience required - training will be provided and your free to work at your own pace, For further information contact Loggerheads Country Park  01352 810614 North Denbighshire (Rhyl) 01745 356197 South Denbighshire (Llangollen) 01978 869618  To down load the programme visit  - Caring for the AONB/Volunteering

  • Dee Valley Young Rangers


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    Want to get a taste of what it would be like to work as a Countryside Ranger, meet new friends and take part in outdoor activities?  Run by the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Young Rangers is perfect for youngsters aged between 11 and 18 years old who want to learn more about the amazing landscape on their doorstep and don't mind getting messy working in and exploring the great outdoors! contact Sharon Woods on 01352 810614 or Ros Stockdale on 01978 869615 for more details or email clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb@denbighshire.gov.uk

  • The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership Members


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    The AONB Partnership consists of 25 permanent members that are made up of nine local authority members (3 Denbighshire, 3 Flintshire and 3 Wrexham) and 16 other voluntary members who represent different areas of interest.

    Partnership Members contribute their expertise and knowledge to further the purposes of AONB designation to bring together key interests in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.

    The Partnership considers and advises on the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty and locally distinctive character of the landscape, including its physical, ecological and cultural make-up.

    Front Row left to right

    Sharron Jones -  Land Management Representative

    Helen Walker -   Individual Interest  Representative

    Councillor Bob Dutton - Representing Wrexham County Borough Council

    Councillor Paul Cunningham - Representing Flintshire County Council

    Councillor Hugh Jones - Chair of the AONB Joint Committee, representing Wrexham County Borough Council

    Councillor Carolyn Thomas - Vice Chair of the AONB Partnership, representing Flintshire County Council

    Phillip Durrell -  Built Environment Representative

    Second row left to right

    Christine Evans -  Rural Environment Representative

    Gareth Wyn Jones -  Land Management Representative

    Councillor Colin Legg - Representing Flintshire County Council

    Peter Scarll -  Urban Environment Representative

    Michael Skuse -  Landscape Environment Representative

    Dewi Davies -  Business Environment Representative

    Third row left to right

    John Roberts -  Individual Interest Representative

    Councillor Martyn Holland - representing Denbighshire County Council

    Sandy Archdale -  Land Management Representative

    Councillor Stuart Davies - Chair of the AONB Partnership, representing Denbighshire County Council

    Philip Thane -  Urban Environment Representative

    David Davies -  Individual Interest Represenative

    Fourth row left to right

    Howard Sutcliffe - Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB Officer

    Anthony King -  Historical Environment Represenative

    Richard Jones - Winner of AONB Award for 2014 (Richard is not a member of the Partnership)

    Andrew Worthington -  Access & Recreation Representative

    Les Starling -  Natural Environment Representative

    Fifth row from the left

    Tony Hughes - Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB   Planning Officer

    Councillor Merfyn Parry - representing Denbighshire County Council

    Roger Cragg -  Rural Interest Representative

  • Young Ranger lands dream countryside job


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    Jon Reanney, from Mold, has landed his dream job of working for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Loggerheads Country Park. Jon started volunteering for the AONB with friends at Loggerheads in February 2011, for one hour every Saturday for his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. During this time the AONB began a Young Rangers scheme for 11 to 18 year olds to experience volunteering and countryside management and give them a chance to explore the AONB and wider countryside. Jon signed up for the Young Rangers scheme and gained a real interest in learning different skills such as coppicing and dead hedging as well as enjoying the more adventurous days out exploring the Llangollen Canal on canoes and mountain biking at Coed Llandegla.

    Jon returned to Loggerheads for his year 10 work placement from the Alun school and this reaffirmed his decision to further his study in countryside management. Jon started a 2 year Forestry and Arboriculture level 3 diploma at Coleg Llysfasi, where he gained certificates in chainsaw competence and climbing and aerial rescue as well as many others. During his time there Jon continued to volunteer for Young Rangers and returned to the AONB again for his summer placement. Jon achieved the Coleg Cambria Forestry student of the year and Royal Forestry Society Coleg Llysfasi student of the year. Jon was then successful after applying for a six month post as a Trainee Countryside Warden. Rachel Jones, AONB Warden said 'Jon has shown a huge amount of commitment to volunteering with the AONB through Young Rangers and choosing to base his work placements at Loggerheads and we are pleased to have been a part of his progression from a young volunteer to beginning his career working in the countryside with us'. Jon Reanney added 'I have always been interested in the countryside, volunteering with Young Rangers and doing my work placements with the AONB has given me a pathway into my ideal career'.

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