BBNPA Grant - Community Conservation, Preservation and Volunteering in Wales

From April 2014 to April 2015, ABC ran a programme of discovery and promotion, thanks to the support of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. This was implemented by our Programme Development Officer, Nico Jenkins.

During the first two months, Nico focussed on making contacts, building a database, identifying key people in each stakeholder group and running a draft interview with them. She also set up sessions at the Royal Welsh (thanks to Ty-Mawr lime) and local shows over the summer. In June and July, Nico held interviews with key stakeholder groups and finalised the questionnaire which went out to community councils and local organisations throughout Carmarthenshire and Powys. Nico also refined information sheets on Planning and Affordable Housing in the Park, Vernacular Buildings and Affordable Housing which she handed out at the Royal Welsh Show (Ty-Mawr stand; 22- 23 July), Brecon Show (National Park stand; 2 August), Llandeilo Show (16 August) and Sennybridge Show (6 September).

During August and September, Nico continued carrying out face-to-face interviews and sending out the survey link to various organisations. She started her presentations to community councils and small local groups which continued throughout October and November. Over this period, she also collated and analysed material collected from 90 surveys and 20 interviews which she presented as interim findings on 25 September, at a reception held at Ty-Mawr, Llangasty, Powys.

Data collection continued until the end of 2014, when the on-line survey came down, and at which point Nico wrote a final report. A brief presentation was made to the Parks in January 2015 and then the launch of the report was held at a meeting of the cross party group on rural affairs at the Senedd, on Tuesday 17 March. To read the report, click here.

During 2017 ABC ran a series of community events and workshops as part of our Grass Roots Heritage Project.  These events were focused around Myddfai and Llanddeusant in the north-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The many abandoned traditional buildings which came to light during our Historic Landscape Mapping Programme, helped to inform the focus of the workshops and events throughout the year.

The last year has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate and share this very local heritage. It’s been really good to take time to appreciate some of the fascinating hidden histories which are right on our doorsteps, but which are often overshadowed by ‘big heritage’ like castles and stately homes. Our community events meant we met lots of new people and were able to provide support and advice about looking after older buildings that survive in this part of rural Wales, and also hopefully inspire those involved in the project about the rich cultural heritage that these small abandoned buildings represent. Adfer Ban a Chwm worked with over twenty volunteers who helped to record some of the buildings identified through our mapping programme, and talked to many local people throughout the project and at our five key events.

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