Secretary: Noel Davey
Telephone: 01758 713300
The Caernarfonshire Branch covers the districts of Arfon and Dwyfor in the North and West of Gwynedd.
We liaise closely with the Meirionnydd Branch regarding developments in the South of Gwynedd, with the Anglesey Branch particularly regarding the Menai shores, and with the Snowdonia Society in matters relating to the National Park.
The Branch holds formal committee meetings 4-5 times a year and meets regularly for social events. Our active Planning sub-group continuously monitors planning applications with particular reference to Dwyfor.
Each year the Branch organises a number of social events and visits. We are presently planning our programme for 2019.
Seven years of Renewable Energy Day Schools
Over the last seven years the Branch has been running an annual Day School on various aspects of renewable energy and energy conservation. These have been designed for CPRW members who wish to adopt a greener lifestyle and the speakers have been local academic researchers and consultants who have generously given us an insight into their on-going work. We have particularly benefited from the advice of Keith Jones of the National Trust, Prof Stuart Irvine of Glyndŵr University and Prof Gareth Wyn Jones of Bangor.
In 2010 we started with a day on small hydro electric schemes, starting with the 19th century ones and concentrating on their technology and construction. This was followed by a day on the science behind photovoltaic panels, and then we looked at house insulation, especially the options relating to our stock of stone houses in Gwynedd. The following year, 2013, we studied new-build houses, the passi-house and its associates. In 2014 we returned to science and discussed Power Storage: the history and future of battery design, and also pump storage (so appropriate since we meet in Electric Mountain, Llanberis). We followed this with a discussion of various low-energy heating systems: ground, water and air source heat pumps and also the improving technology of wood burning stoves. In 2016 our Day School returned to hydro-electricity, looking not so much at the technology of generation, as at how local communities can use and benefit from their own power sources. Last year we discussed electric cars and how we need to prepare for their widespread use. This year (2018) we had hoped to look at the Swansea Barage and other such major schemes, but politics defeated us – and also the fact that Electric Mountain is closed for 6 months refurbishment.
Grants and Awards
In recent years the Branch has given small bursaries to support Bangor University students in Conservation and Land Management complete MSc theses with topics relevant to CPRW interests. In 2014-15 we maintained our link with the University and with Treborth Botanical Gardens by donating a grant for the expenses of external speakers in the new Applied Plant Conservation MSc course.
In 2018 the Branch has given a Rural Wales Award to the Llŷn Maritime Museum for its informed and enthusiastic promotion of Nefyn’s history and its active engagement with local people and visitors alike to expand the understanding of that history.
In 2016 the Branch gave a Rural Wales Award to Dylan’s Restaurant in Criccieth in recognition of their restoration of the beach cafe, Morannedd, designed by Clough Williams Ellis in 1952, and of their care for the ecology of the beach on which the building stands, as well as their establishment of a flourishing business bringing life and vibrancy back to this part of Criccieth.
In 2015 the Branch gave a Rural Wales Award to Welsh Slate Ltd for their work on restoration of native vegetation on the slate tips of the Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda.
In 2014 the Branch gave its Rural Wales Award to Richard and Iola Wyn Huws for their work in establishing the Pant Du Vineyard in the Nantlle Valley near Penygroes.
In 2013 the Award went to the local arts and cultural centre of Plas Glyn y Weddw in Llanbedrog in recognition of the excellent Winllan development, comprising an open air amphitheatre and the restoration of woodland and paths which have been adopted for the Coastal Path route.
We would like to welcome new members. Please contact the Secretary if you would like more details about Branch activities or if you would like to join us in helping to protect local rural landscapes and communities.
We are looking for members for our Branch Committee and for those interested in reviewing planning applications on a regular basis, particularly in Arfon.
Current Branch Interests and Concerns
Third Menai Crossing
Joint Local Development Plan
Protected Landscapes in Gwynedd
Sustainable Development and well-being policies
If you would like to read further information about these issues, then please download the latest Branch News from the link below: