AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB


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  • 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

  • Out & About 2017


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     http://www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk/events/  Our Out & About  2017 Programme offers a range of ways to enjoy the stunning landscape and heritage of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounding Countryside.  Out & About  is the essential guide to Family Fun, Guided walks and Practicle Activities in the AONB.

  • Upon the Horizon - Warden's Blog


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    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty...but how does its beauty speak to us? What is it when we look towards the horizon that moves us? There seems to be something there, in the distance, something that seems to foreshadow it all, or maybe not, maybe it's us trying to say something ourselves, trying to make sense of it all, wanting it to speak but instead just feeling what can't be said.

    You go to burial mounds atop hills such as Moel Y Gamelin and think maybe our ancestors felt it too, were asking the same questions. Something like, "I'll bury you here, because over the horizon might be another place where you go, and from here I'll be able to see where you might have gone. From here I see my world comes to an end and so another might begin where we'll be together once more."

    Such might be one possible narrative that connects us to the landscape, one way its vast beauty may "speak" to us, or rather, becomes the canvas onto which all of our hopes and dreams are projected. Our love for the Countryside stems from something deeper than a mere pleasant appreciation of its beauty, but from an associative well of feeling and memory that give this beauty a perceivable language, a palpable expression of time and place that distinguishes a place like the Dee Valley from any other.

    Be it paintings, poetry or photographs, people are moved into trying to capture and express the beauty of Our Picturesque Landscape, ours because it is our story to tell, the communities who have made it their home, whose own hopes and dreams are somehow left hanging upon the horizon, resonating from the past forever into the future.

    Looking towards this future, a project, developed in partnership with various authorities and organizations and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to reconnect local communities with the landscape of the Dee Valley and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site. Now nearing the end of its 14 month Development Phase, Our Picturesque Landscape centres on the legacy of the Picturesque Movement, safeguarding key sites popularised by an aesthetic appreciation that inspired artists and poets such as Turner and Wordsworth along with great engineering minds such as Telford.

    With its success, however, local communities have become increasingly alienated from the benefits of the landscape at their own doorstep, Our Picturesque Landscape aiming to allow greater opportunity for both present and future generations to take a more active role in its legacy, be it through improved access to key sites or by getting people involved in a programme of events celebrating local heritage.

    Aron Richard Roberts

    Trainee Countryside Warden

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