Project Summary: People
People and the Picturesque
Reconnecting visitors and residents to the people who shaped the landscape of the World Heritage Site, and helped to make it the special place you see today is another aspect of the Our Picturesque Landscape Project.
The first year of the project was an exciting one, with many tasks underway, such as starting the restoration of the Dell at Plas Newydd to take it back to the place of tranquility, designed by the famous Ladies of Llangollen.
Did You Know?
During year one, a total of 1569 people participated in the project activities, and 671 hours of conservation volunteering took place.
Discovering the World Heritage Site
The 10-year anniversary of the inscription of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site was celebrated in 2019. The Our Picturesque Landscape team worked closely with local artists to encourage local communities and schools to rediscover and celebrate the World Heritage Site on their doorstep. Children from local schools were able to meet the “real” Thomas Telford when he came to visit the aqueduct. A free family fun day for local people and visitors was funded in partnership with Canal and River Trust, Denbighshire County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council. The team also worked with NEW Dance to create a contemporary dance piece with young people to perform at the family fun day. Schools, youth groups and community groups participated in art activities inspired by the landscape of the World Heritage Site and this culminated in an exhibition at Tŷ Pawb in Wrexham
Engaging Communities and Young People
In 2019 the Our Picturesque Landscape Project worked with Ysgol Caer Drewyn, members of the local community at Canolfan Ni, local artists and Corwen Museum to commemorate the Centenary of the 1919 Corwen Peace Eisteddfod. The Gorsedd stones from this Eisteddfod are located in the picturesque woodland of Coed Pen y Pigyn, a site managed by the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB Team in partnership with the landowners, Natural Resources Wales. A film was made to mark the occasion.
Artists and Authors connected to Edeyrnion’ Exhibition 2020
In partnership with Corwen Museum, an exhibition to celebrate the artists and authors that have visited the area in the past has been created and would have been on for this year’s opening season from February 29th 2020 until 1st November 2020. We hope that the museum will be able to reopen this year and possibly extend the exhibition, so we can celebrate the artists and authors and many interesting characters from near and far who visited the area from the late 1700s onwards.
Landscapes for Living
Once a month the Our Picturesque Landscape project runs an outreach event at Tŷ Mawr Country Park. The session known as Landscapes for Living, aims to remove the barriers that currently prevent some people from accessing the landscapes on their doorstep, whilst supporting people who for health or other reasons may find it difficult or daunting to spend time in the countryside. The group is gradually establishing itself with a core group of regulars and so far they have participated in events such as mindfulness, outdoor cooking, seasonal crafts, felting and landscape photography.