How volunteers formed the backbone of our 'Welcome Back' campaign
Reopening Snowdonia National Park presented new and unprecedented challenges to the areas' landscape, businesses and communities.
Snowdonia National Park Authority has been just one of the many authorities, societies, businesses and communities in and around Eryri that have had to adapt and implement huge changes into the day to day running of their work.
A lesser-known but vital part of the reopening of Eryri have been our team of fifty-five volunteers giving their time as part of our 'Welcome Back' campaign. A recruitment campaign was launched on July 1st in partnership with The Snowdonia Society and The Outdoor Partnership to set up the volunteering program for welcoming visitors back to Snowdonia.
The volunteers have been tirelessly attending to areas such as Llanberis, Yr Wyddfa and Ogwen since lockdown restrictions eased in July through to the August bank holiday weekend.
For over 8 consecutive weekends, our volunteers have been patrolling communities and Yr Wyddfa paths, engaging with visitors and being on hand to offer advice, as well as being part of a series of mid-week footpath maintenance days ensuring that paths up Yr Wyddfa are safe and properly maintained.
Over 450 bags of litter were collected by our 'Welcome Back' volunteers alone – a reflection of the unprecedented amount of people that visited Eryri over the summer.
We at Snowdonia National Park Authority would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all our volunteers who played a vital role in reopening Eryri. We'd also like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Snowdonia Society for their significant contribution to the success of this scheme.