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Heritage Lottery Fund support for ambitious Carneddau project


5 November 2016

A £1.92m grant to the Carneddau Landscape Partnership has been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Landscape Partnership programme, it was announced today.

The 7 year project, led by Snowdonia National Park Authority in close partnership with several other organisations, aims to coordinate and pro-actively manage the rich but fragile natural and cultural heritage of the Carneddau mountains. Close collaboration with land owners, farmers, residents, local businesses, recreational users and any other organisation with an interest in the area will be central to the project.

From Dwygyfylchi and Penmaenmawr in the north, the Conwy Valley to the east, Capel Curig to the south, and Bethesda and the Ogwen Valley to the west, the project will engage with local communities and societies together with organisations which have an interest in the history, agriculture, language, wildlife, economy, and archaeology and leisure opportunities in the area.

The project will cover 210 sq. km, which features Carnedd Llywelyn as its highest peak, 100 Scheduled Ancient Monuments, 2000 sites of archaeological importance and the majority of the area’s natural environment has protected status. However, despite this protection the Carneddau’s heritage is at risk. Important archaeology is under threat due to scrub invasion, the special ecology of the ffridd is in danger due to changing patterns of land use, Welsh place names are being lost, Bronze Age cairns have been damaged, stock and visitor impact has severely affected rare and important habitats, the population of the twite has declined, action is required to prevent the loss of more carbon from peatland and the future of the unique Carneddau ponies needs to be safeguarded. Through effective collaboration with partners this project will address these, and many other issues, to help safeguard this landscape for future generations.

Jonathan Cawley, the National Park Authority’s Director of Planning and Land Management welcomed the news. He said,

“We are ecstatic with the news of HLF’s generous support and we are truly excited about working on such an important project which will be of enormous benefit to the local communities and to the natural and cultural heritage of the mountains. This project is not about one single organisation; it represents a genuine partnership who are all passionate about collectively improving our understanding and management of this very special landscape. We are also excited at the prospect of working with such a wide range of people through events, interpretation and education initiatives, whilst increasing opportunities for people to volunteer and appreciate this beautiful place.”

Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, added,

“Heritage Lottery Fund money works hard to ensure all of our important heritage is looked after – but it’s not all about grand old buildings, castles and museums. There is natural heritage all around us, especially here in Wales, which is vital to our economy, our livelihoods and our wellbeing.

“This fantastic project is the latest to benefit from money raised by National Lottery players, which will both reconnect people with often overlooked heritage on their doorstep as well as protect that environment for years to come.”

A development grant of £198,700 has been awarded by HLF to enable a partnership led by Snowdonia National Park Authority to develop its plans and seek final approval for the full grant amount of £1,918,200 at a later date.



Notes to Editors

  1. Image details: Carneddau. Copyright: Visit Wales.
  2. The Partnership is made up of 11 key partner organisations which make up the ‘Partnership Board’ and there are also additional stakeholders who have had an input into the project. The Partnership Board comprise the following: Abergwyngregyn Regeneration Company, CADW, Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council, Menter Iaith Conwy, The National Trust, Natural Resource Wales, Penmaenmawr Historical Society, Snowdonia Active, Snowdonia Society and Snowdonia National Park Authority. The ‘Partnership Board’ may accept new members as the project evolves.
  3. HLF’s Landscape Partnership (LP) programme operates a two-stage grant approval process.  Today’s announcement means that money has been set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the scheme. The applicant initially receives development funding, then progresses to the second round and submits a further, fully-developed application to secure the full award. This early level of strong financial commitment means that Landscape Partnership projects can move forward with the assurance that funding for their scheme is in place provided that their final proposals fully meet the programme's criteria.
  4. HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities. Grants range from £100,000 up to £3m.  The next closing date for LP applications is May 2017.
  5. Snowdonia National Park Authority is the Local Planning Authority for the National Park area. Its purposes are to:
    1. Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park.
    2. Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park, by the public.
    3. The National Park also has a duty to:

    4. Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of the local communities within the Park area.
  6. Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery. For more information please contact: Deian Creunant ( or Amelia Taylor ( or call 01970 636400
  7. For further information and photos, or to arrange an interview, contact Llinos Angharad, SNPA’s Press & Events Officer on 01766 772237 or 07766 255509.