Magazines and newsletters
Every year the AONB team complete numerous projects that contribute to sustainable living and encourage respect for our environment.
These achievements would not be possible without our partners – and the extraordinary volunteers who give freely of their own time, skills and enthusiasm.
We showcase our work in two annual publications: a magazine called “Capturing the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley” and a newsletter entitled “Denbighshire Countryside News”.
One covers the entire AONB. The other is specific to Denbighshire – not just the protected landscape but also the rest of the county’s green spaces, rural and urban.
You can pick them up at our country parks, visitor centres, tourist information points and many other locations throughout the area. Or you can download them here.
Capturing the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Edition 6
The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a very special place. But it’s not a museum. It’s a living, working landscape – and many of our businesses depend on agriculture and tourism.
But it has to be sustainable. That means it shouldn’t diminish the special qualities of the AONB or detract from the lives of those who live and work here.
In this issue, we look at some of the ways we’re trying to make sustainable tourism work in the real world. We’re harnessing everything from the power of steam to the very latest augmented reality technology.
Capturing the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Edition 5
Our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has just got a lot bigger. In November 2011, the protected landscape of the Clwydian Range AONB was extended to include much of the Dee Valley.
This includes the towns of Corwen and Llangollen, major historical landmarks such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Castle and Valle Crucis Abbey and stunning natural features including the Eglwyseg Escarpment, Horseshoe Pass and Esclusham Mountain.
It adds a further 230 square kilometres to the 160 square kilometres of heather, hillforts and limestone cliffs that make up the Clwydian Range. It’s the first new area of land in Wales to be awarded AONB status for 26 years.
This means that it’s officially recognised as one of the nation’s most important landscapes. But this isn’t just about walls, hedges and heather moorland. It’s about all the people who live and work here – the farmers, tourism operators and small businesses that help their communities to thrive.
We don’t want to make it more difficult for these people. We want to help. And being in the newly titled Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB means access to funding and support that can make a real difference.
In this special issue of our magazine, we want to welcome new partners such as Wrexham County Borough Council into the AONB. And we want to showcase some of the work we’re already doing in the north to give people in the south ideas of how we may be able to help.
Working with graziers on heather management, for instance. Helping food producers to develop a food trail that’s bringing them new customers. Supporting local projects through the Sustainable Development Fund.
Over the next few months we’ll be talking to people in the Dee Valley, finding out what their priorities are and asking them to get involved in running the AONB. We hope to see you at one of our consultation events. Or you could just call in at our office in Y Capel, Llangollen for a chat.
Denbighshire Countryside News - Summer 2012
Despite the changeable weather – the work goes on... and the celebrations are a success. Our header photo is a snap shot of the 2500 people who celebrated the Jubilee with us. A 6ft beacon lit up the night on Moel Famau accompanied by music, dancing and singing. Watch the film on our Facebook page Denbighshire Countryside Service.
Denbighshire Countryside News - January 2012
Happy New Year! We would like to introduce our first e‐newsletter providing regular information about what is happening in Denbighshire’s Countryside and the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.