AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


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  • Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB Partnership Vacancy


    A vacancy has become available on the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and we are now seeking to appoint a member to represent Land Management.

    If you live in, work in, or visit the AONB regularly and care about its future and can spare a few days a year to attend meetings, events, site visits – then we want to hear from YOU!

    For further details/informal discussion please contact Howard Sutcliffe on 01824 712757 or email howard.sutcliffe@denbighshire.gov.uk.

    An application Form can be obtained from Karen Holthofer AONB Communications Officer, Loggerheads Country Park, Ruthin Road CH7 5LH.

    Tel: 01824 712757 email: karen.holthofer@denbighshire.gov.uk.

    or download from our website.

    Closing date for applications: -

    Monday 9th April 2018

  • A day in the role of a Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Ranger


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    There isn't much that beats the scene of a blanket of crisp white snow covering the landscape but we won't deny the feeling of apprehension in the air of the ranger's office. Why? Because if it isn't managed properly it can be chaos!

    While many people enjoy the delights of our country parks and open spaces having fun in the snow, going for walks, sledging, throwing snowballs it's not quite business as usual for our team.

    Preparations starts before the first snow falls, gritting car parks and public spaces and making sure there are enough staff on hand to support the demands that the cold weather brings with it.

    The morning of the first snow will start with a briefing in the ranger's office and jobs are allocated accordingly. One of our main concerns is the safety of the public and how to cope with large numbers of people arriving at a time when access to the car parks is challenging because of the weather. Indiscriminate parking in these situations causes huge problems and real dangers so the clearing of car parks and trails particularly at some of our most popular sites such as Loggerheads and Moel Famau Country Parks is a priority.

    This week the road to Moel Famau was closed to enable access to residents and Denbighshire County Council gritters – and a great job they did too. The snow can attract thousands of visitors to the area, and who can blame them? We work in a fantastic place and the sledging is pretty cool too! On a serious note clear access along these roads in particular the A494 is challenging but vital, on Sunday a car caught fire in Tafarn y Gelyn and the fire engine struggled to reach the car because of the amount of cars parked on the sides of the road, a panic for all concerned.

    Other rangers have been busy assisting Denbighshire Social Services to get carers to clients in need of support in the more isolated areas of the county using our 4x4's. A job that has definitely tested the driving skills of some the team, but they are vital visits and we are glad to say that all the vehicles (and staff!) are still in one piece.

    Despite the many challenges during the few days of disarray there is something special about the snow, we see this area of natural beauty in a new light and it brings our small team together, the hot chocolate at the end of a long day helps a little too!

  • Supplementary Planning Guidance Note - Consultation Draft October 2017


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    The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is designated as a landscape of national importance. The primary purpose of an AONB is to conserve and enhance its natural beauty.

    The three Local Planning Authorities of Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham supported by the AONB Partnership have worked jointly to produce a draft Supplementary Planning Guidance Note (SPG) for the AONB.

    The draft SPG seeks to provide clear and easy to understand guidance to raise awareness of the AONB and improve the quality of development and landscape design in and around the AONB. The draft SPG enables the AONB to be a key consideration from the earliest stages of designing new development. When approved by each of the Local Planning Authorities the SPG will be a material planning consideration in determining planning applications and appeals.

    The draft SPG is presented for public consultation commencing on 20th November 2017 and ending on 29th January 2018. There will be two drop in sessions, where Planning Officers will be available to answer questions, at Loggerheads Country Park (A494 Ruthin Road, Loggerheads, CH7 5LH) as follows:

    Wednesday 6th December 10am-2pm

    Thursday 18th January 2pm-6pm

    The document can be viewed by clicking on this  


  • Invitation to Astro Tourism Workshop


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    The Clwydian Range Tourism Group have themed their autumn meeting around Dark Skies. The AONB are working with Dark Sky Wales to assess the feasibility of gaining Dark Sky status and will be holding an Astro Tourism workshop at Theatr Clwyd on Tuesday 14th November between 10am – 2pm. Come along and see how your business can be Dark Sky friendly and experience the magical planetarium.

    Please not this event is part funded through CRTG Group membership fees and we regret that there will be a charge of £10 per head for tourism businesses who are not Group members (This fee can be offset against our annual fee of £50). This fee is payable on the day

    To RSVP you place e-mail ceri.lloyd@denbighshire.gov.uk

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