The Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes has evolved from its previous incarnation, namely, the Alliance for National Parks Cymru which was founded on 4 April 2014.
Initially the founding members comprised of the Brecon Beacons National Park Society, the Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Snowdonia Society, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales and the National Association for AONBs in Wales.
These founding members believed it was necessary for a body based in Wales to take on the mantle of coordinating the voluntary sector’s response to Welsh Government’s consultations on the future of Welsh landscapes and to provide impetus to the delivery of a campaign, ‘National Parks Matter’.
The Inaugural Meeting of the full membership was held on 29 April at which the Terms of Reference were agreed, as follows:-
At the official launch the Alliance announced its first ‘Agenda for Government’, entitled:-
Early in 2017 following a broadening of interest from other like minded organisations in the work of the Alliance, it was decided that it was time for the Alliance to change its name to reflect that its role was much wider than just National Parks. As a consequence, in June its name changed to the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes (AfWDL)
Whilst the National Association of AONB’s is itself no longer a member of the Executive, individual AONB’s, such as the Gower Society, have taken its place. The Alliance is particularly fortunate to be led by Professor Terry Marsden who took over as Chairman from Paul Loveluck, CBE, who had to stand down for health reasons at the beginning of 2017.
It is beyond dispute that Terry Marsden is one of the leading lights in the field of Welsh Designated Landscapes being asked previously by the Welsh Government to chair the committee which produced the “Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales”. This review became known as the Marsden report, whose recommendations have largely been endorsed by the UK Assessment Panel of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
Currently, other organisations represented on the Alliance include such organisations as National Trust Wales, Ramblers Wales, YHA Cymru, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Coed Cymru, Wildlife Trust Wales, RSPB, and more. The Alliance is always willing to consider any other appropriate Wales based body which has a vested interest in our National Parks and other Protected Land and Seascapes so if you are interested in joining us do get in touch through our Contact Form.