Save Penrhos

Penrhos is a 200-acre coastal park in Holyhead, Anglesey/Ynys Môn, the only woodland on the island. The park has Grade II-listed historical buildings dating back to 1553. It was officially opened as a Nature Reserve by HRH the Prince of Wales, now our King, in 1971.

In 2016, the Cumbria-based property development company Land & Lakes secured planning permission from Isle of Anglesey County Council for a £120mn ‘world-class leisure village’ there. The plans entail 500 cabins, shops, restaurants, bars, and a tropical swimming pool. Campaigners have been fighting to save Penrhos for 15 years.

About Penrhos

Parts of the woodland were created in the early 1700s, with around 15,000 broad-leaved trees. It is home to many rare species of flora and fauna, ranging from humble fungi to badgers, bats, bees, foxes, a plethora of birds, butterflies, newts, red squirrels and much more.

Penrhos has been part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1967, with the sandbanks and mudflats of the Beddmanarch Bay being part of the Beddmanarch and Cymyran Site of Special Scientific Interest. In 2009, Anglesey gained Global and European Geopark Status because of its unique geology, while the Gorsedd-y-Penrhyn headland within the reserve is designated as a Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site.

Part of the holiday park development plans will see 27 acres of mature and ancient woodland to be felled.

The Campaign

Save Penrhos Country Park Holyhead is a grassroots campaign, fighting the application since our inception in 2011. You can view the campaign website here.

CPRW is fully supporting and is behind the campaign. The newly reformed Anglesey Branch is focusing efforts on raising the profile, offering expertise and fundraising to support campaign efforts.

The campaign has just successfully won a battle in the courts for a judicial review later this year. You can keep up to date on the latest campaign news via their Facebook here.

Campaign contact details: Hillary Paterson-Jones: [email protected]

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