50 years on and Snowdonia still needs you

View from Snowdon summit

Help us build a Future Fund!

What would Snowdonia look like now without 50 years of volunteers and members giving their time and their money to look after and protect these special peaks, valleys and vistas that you love?

 

Progress towards our £50,000 target
29%
Donate now to our 50 years Future Fund

 

Stone walls replaced with barbed wire because no-one knows how to rebuild them? Woodlands smothered by rhododendron? Mountains accessible only by the most perilous of eroded footpaths? Rivers choked with silage bags, sheep-netting and litter? Thanks to your and our efforts (3,500 volunteer hours in 2016), Snowdonia has escaped the worst of these outcomes.

If we could only say, “Hurray! Snowdonia’s wildness and beauty are safe. They are loved and cared for by all who live, visit or work here.” But 50 years on and Snowdonia needs our work and your help more than ever!

Conwy Falls – a win for nature

We have seen the very real threat to waterfalls and gorges in the plans for Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen which we and you helped to scupper. However, in stopping the depletion of this special waterfall and gorge we have seriously depleted our own resources. The Conwy Falls campaign has cost over £12,000 to date and in the short term the cascade of applications on Snowdonia’s smaller rivers is set to continue, posing a significant threat to their health and our enjoyment of them.

Thank you for your generous donations to our Save Snowdonia’s Rivers appeal, which raised over £5,300!

Future challenges and opportunities

We can’t anticipate what challenges and opportunities might arise in the next 50 years. The impact of climate change and increasing demand to exploit Wales’ natural resources? The gradual growth of Snowdonia as a theme park for adrenalin attractions, and a younger generation increasingly disconnected from the natural world? New biological threats to our native plants and animals?

Help us build a Future Fund

To mark our 50th anniversary and make sure we are fit for the future 50 years, we want to build a Future Fund to allow us to respond quickly and confidently to new threats and opportunities in Snowdonia. Our target is £50,000, with donations coming from various sources.

A donation of £250 would pay for us to research and write a response to a simple planning application; £28 would pay for a volunteer to be accredited under our new Practical Conservation Skills unit.

Let’s do more and do it better. Let’s equip and recognise our volunteers. Let’s build on the campaigning experience we gained in 2016, and keep you better informed of the actions we are taking. And let’s make sure that, 50 years from now, Snowdonia is better loved, better valued and better enjoyed by all.

Please donate now

and help build our fund to help us get fit for the future!

Best wishes,
John Harold,
Director

 

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