Assembly Debate on Review of Protected Landscapes

On Tuesday the 28th March the Welsh Assembly will hold a plenary debate on the Review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, published in 2015. It is expected that the debate will draw on the unpublished draft report of the Future Landscapes Wales (FLW) programme. CMS and its members continue to lobby […]

Future Landscapes: (no) News

Following the publication on 29th October 2015 of the Marsden Report on Designated Landscapes in Wales, a Future Landscapes Working Group, led by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, was created to consider the recommendations. Lord Elis-Thomas recently provided the Welsh Government with a two-page pre-election interim report on its activities. Click here to read.

Bang the AONB drum!

The Designated Landscapes Report, commissioned by Welsh Government and delivered in October, supported AONBs and National Parks as designations fit for the future protection and enhancement of the most important landscapes in Wales. The Cambrian Mountains landscape is undeniably special. This has been repeated many times over the last 80 years. 1936 Sir George Stapledon […]

Kate Ashbrook renews call for AONB

Campaigner Kate Ashbrook, who recently spoke after the Cambrian Mountains Society’s AGM, has called on CMS to press the Welsh Assembly’s countryside agency, now Natural Resources Wales, to look once more at the case for AONB designation for the Cambrian Mountains. In an excellent blog post, Kate refers to the recent approval of extensions to […]

Designated Landscapes Report published

An independent review of Designated Landscapes (e.g. National Parks and AONBs) in Wales was commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2014. It was chaired by Professor Terry Marsden, and its report was published yesterday (29th October 2015). The report makes 69 recommendations, including: making no change to the name or legal status of national parks […]

Cambrian Mountains – the way ahead?

“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect” – from A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, 1948. Members may be aware of the latest debate sweeping through Mid Wales (and even further afield) concerning the plight of the Cambrian Mountains landscape. […]

A new Welsh AONB?

One of the Countryside Council for Wales’ last achievements, before its assimilation into Natural Resources Wales, was the extension of the Clwydian Hills AONB. CCW’s quest for superb Welsh landscapes in need of better protection and management wasn’t over. We tried hard to draw its attention to the Cambrian Mountains, but it turned instead to […]

Ceredigion councillors get the AONB message

On 30th April, Cambrian Mountains Society trustees met the cabinet of Ceredigion County Council and gave a presentation on the benefits that would flow to the county from the creation of a Cambrian Mountains Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The presentation included: the society’s vision for the Cambrians information about AONBs how the society’s objects, […]

Landscapes for Life conference 2013

Since its formation, CMS has sought the creation of a Cambrian Mountains AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) as the best way of furthering its objects. Following the launch of its AONB campaign document in 2006, the society has continued to work behind the scenes, taking the message to politicians and others who need to […]