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Deputy Minister discovers National Park’s culture and coastline

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn AM visited the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park recently to see the work that enables visitors and residents to enjoy this protected landscape, its wildlife and heritage.

During her visit she was introduced to Park Authority staff and volunteers, as well as local residents as she was given a tour of Carew Castle and enjoyed a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail at Freshwater East.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn AM was presented with a custom Pembrokeshire Coast Path signpost by National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Paul Harries.
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn AM was presented with a custom Pembrokeshire Coast Path signpost by National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Paul Harries.

National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Paul Harries said: “We were grateful to be able to show the Deputy Minister the huge range of work undertaken by our hardworking staff and variety of projects in which we engage with volunteers.

“The visit enabled us to demonstrate how we balance conservation and recreation in the National Park, as well as how our staff and volunteers play an important role in educating visitors about Pembrokeshire’s rich culture and heritage.”

Park Authority Chief Executive, Tegryn Jones; Hannah Blythyn AM and Park Authority Ranger Services Manager, Libby Taylor at Freshwater East.
Park Authority Chief Executive, Tegryn Jones; Hannah Blythyn AM and Park Authority Ranger Services Manager, Libby Taylor at Freshwater East.

Hannah Blythyn AM added: “Our fantastic National Parks offer us access to some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. It was great to learn about the work the team here in Pembrokeshire are doing, managing these landscapes, supporting rare plants to thrive and welcoming visitors to some of our ancient monuments.”

After trying out some of the traditional Tudor activities that are on offer at Carew, the Deputy Minister was given a tour of the Castle and told of some of the mysterious myths and legends that tell of the ghosts and spirits that are said to inhabit the site.

Hannah Blythyn AM tried her hand at archery during her visit to Carew Castle.
Hannah Blythyn AM tried her hand at archery during her visit to Carew Castle.

At Freshwater East, the Deputy Minister took a short walk along the Coast Path and was joined by Park Authority staff, who explained the various ways the National Park is managed and conserved in order to promote wildlife, as well as providing access for members of the public.

Park Authority Countryside Manager (South) Stephen Davies and Warden Geoff Severn show Hannah Blythyn AM some of the cutting-edge equipment that is used to manage the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Park Authority Countryside Manager (South) Stephen Davies and Warden Geoff Severn show Hannah Blythyn AM some of the cutting-edge equipment that is used to manage the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Along the way she also met residents from the local Freshwater East Reserve for Nature Group (FERN) and participants in the Park Authority’s Walkability project, which is due to be rolled out across Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion following its success in Pembrokeshire.

Published 05 August 2019


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