AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


News and events

  • Digging the Clwydians in Denbigh Museum


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    An exhibition, 'DIGGING THE CLWYDIANS' will open on Saturday 21st April 2018 at Denbigh Museum, Grove Road, Denbigh LL16 3UU. This has been organised by the Clwydian Range Archaeology Group (CRAG) and will be open every weekend between 12 noon and 4pm and every Monday and Thursday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm until Thursday 21st June at 4pm. For any groups wishing to arrange visits outside these hours, please contact Gwyneth Kensler on the telephone number below.

    As successors to the Heather and Hillforts project, CRAG have been surveying and excavating in the Moel Arthur area for a number of seasons. As well as showing what has been found in successive years of excavation, the exhibition explains some of the methods archaeologists use to investigate, gather evidence and record the results. Finds from recent digs will also be displayed.

    Also on display will be Denbigh Museum's permanent exhibition of Gwasg Gee, the North Wales Hospital and Trefnant toys amongst other items of interest.

    If you would like further information please contact info@cragnorthwales.co.uk or gwynethk@hotmail.com or 07792315723 or fb clwydian range archaeological group & Denbigh museum

  • Calls to protect and enhance Ruabon Moor


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    A campaign aimed at protecting the heather moorland in parts of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley has been launched.

    The Sustainable Access campaign aims to prevent further damage to the moorland, which is being eroded due to an increase in use.

    Over recent years the area of moorland around Llandegla and Eglwyseg is being used as a popular route into Llangollen. As a result the paths and animal tracks are being damaged and the heather moorland is degrading. This has an impact on wildlife in the area, particularly ground nesting birds.

    Now the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team and Ride North Wales, in partnership with Oneplanet Adventure who run the mountain bike centre at Coed Llandegla are launching a campaign, which encourages cyclists and other users to stick to official routes.

    The campaign includes videos highlighting some of the problems caused, a series of social media activity aimed at cyclists and other countryside users,

    Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment, said: "The stunning countryside and unique terrain attracts thousands of people every year. This campaign is asking them to stick to the Trail Users Code and follow the designated official routes. We want to protect this unique landscape and prevent any further damage to the paths, the heather moorland and the wildlife that has made the moorland their home.

    "This landscape is unique, but it is also fragile. That is why the AONB and its partners have been working to protect this unique location, but need the public's help too.

    "We appeal for people to be considerate of the countryside and work together to protect it for future generations".

    For further information, please visit: www.ridenorthwales.co.uk or www.beiciogogleddcymru.co.uk

  • AONB Award


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    Every year the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) select an individual or group whose contribution to the landscape and communities of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB have been outstanding.  This year's award has been awarded to Clwydian Range Archaeology Group - CRAG The group arose from the AONB's Heather & Hillforts project a few years ago, and they have excavated an area on the northern flanks of Moel Arthur, which revealed some interesting 'finds' from the Bronze Age.  They are an enthusiastic bunch of amateur archaeologists, led until recently by two or three people rather more qualified. Their total membership is about 30 including active members and supporters.  Last year, however, they lost the services of two of their leaders, which would have made continuing the dig impossible.  However, they applied successfully for a Heritage Lottery Grant, and have received support from the AONB Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) and with the funding they appointed a professional archaeologist to train a few of them in the techniques of excavating ancient sites, as well as the most important procedure of recording their daily work and any discoveries they make.  They have held an Open day at Loggerheads, and more recently held an exhibition in the Gallery at Loggerheads.  Numerous walkers on the National Trail have stopped to ask questions, and are given a short talk by one of the team, this in turn stimulates interest in the hillforts which is good publicity for our AONB.

    The AONB award is not the only award the group has won. At the end of 2017 they travelled to London to receive the Marsh Archaeology Community Award. However we are  sure this award means more to the group as it is from the local area and after all they are named after our own AONB. Congratulations to Crags!

  • AONB Volunteer Award


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    John Roberts has won the 'Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB Volunteer Award' for this year.  John, has been an active member of the AONB Partnership and the former Joint Advisory Committee for a number of years and his contribution to the AONB has been above and beyond the original role that he was appointed for, nothing is ever too much trouble, and when his advice is sought John is always there, wise and steadfast!  John is passionate about the outdoors and walking and is Secretary of Flintshire Rambling Association Footpaths Committee. John strives to ensure Rights of Ways are maintained and managed for walkers and represented the Ramblers Association on the former JAC Committee. John often proof reads publications for the AONB which is valued. John has also been a prominent founder member of the 'Friends of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB' and is the Secretary and Editor of the 'Friends' of newsletter which helps to raise understanding and awareness of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB, and this has assisted to its success of having almost 200 members. John is also a member of 'Our Picturesque Landscape Steering Group Committee'  John, who lives with his wife Vivien, in Sychdyn, nr Mold is a keen sports man and has played cricket and football and is a season ticket holder for Wrexham FC. John even helped out with bowling events at Plas Newydd, Llangollen, on behalf of the AONB.  It is apparent for anyone to see that John has a real devotion to the AONB and will assist at any level to try and secure its future.  AONB Officer Howard Sutcliffe said that "I am delighted that John has won the award of 'Volunteer of the Year', John is both supportive and reliable and always has an easy happy and friendly manner and has been a truly positive influence for the AONB.  Councillor Hugh Jones, Chair of the AONB Joint Committee who presented John with the Award said that "On behalf of the AONB Partnership and Team I would like to thank John for his diligent work for the AONB, we are very grateful to him".

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