Category Archives: Natural Resources Wales

Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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The code renounced

The Countryside Code, which has recently been refreshed, was controversial in 1984 when the Ramblers renounced it at its AGM. Continue reading

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Thirty years of WEL doing

Wales Environment Link has celebrated its 30th anniversary, and is a strong and effective body. Continue reading

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Kirkby Stephen’s warm welcome

Kirkby Stephen hosted the Walkers Are Welcome Towns annual get-together this year. Continue reading

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Pop-up footbridge

It was a surprise to find a well-engineered footbridge had appeared over the A470 in time for the eisteddfod, when money cannot be found to provide much-needed bridges over public paths. Continue reading

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The keeper of the colliery

On a recent Ramblers’ visit to Wales we walked in the restored Llynfi valley near Maesteg, which was a wonderful experience. Continue reading

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National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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Among champion trees

This was the third year in which Ramblers Cymru had staged a walk from the Eisteddfod, following many years when the walk was organised by the Countryside Council for Wales and then Natural Resources Wales.  Their enthusiasm flagged and so, … Continue reading

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Rhodri’s route

If it was not for Rhodri Morgan, former first minister of Wales who died on 17 May, we might have no Wales Coast Path. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer: national-park giant

Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer and first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales has died aged 83. Continue reading

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