AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


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  • 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".

  • 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!

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