Barbara Jones: In search of the Snowdon Lily

Image of Barbara Jones

As part of our Upland Voices project, we meet Barbara Jones, who has dedicated her life to monitoring and protecting the elusive Snowdon Lily. Only found on the steepest, most remote rocky outlets in Snowdonia – the alpine plant grows in only six locations. Facing freezing conditions, icy fingers and bruises is just part of the territory for Barabra, who leads the charge to montitor the plants at a number of microsites in Snowdonia. Despite being retired and the restrictions of Covid-19 on progress this year, Barabra is more determined than ever to bridge the communication gap between conservation and recreation.

Continue reading

UPLAND VOICES: A farmer’s tale of life on the Uplands

As part of our Upland voices project, Mid Wales beef and sheep farmer Hywel Morgan shares the story of his family farm ar Esgairllaethdy at the foot of the Black Mountains. In this article, he outlines his concerns and worries for the future of farming and what it’s like to be a farmer in Wales in 2020. In the run-up to our Resilience in the Welsh Uplands confererence in September, we’re shining a light on seldom-heard voices currently living and working in the Welsh Uplands. Why not get involved and share your story, too?

Continue reading

Rhondda-made: A tale of whinberries, huckleberries and Granny’s long lost chutney recipe

As part of our ‘Upland Voices’ project, Gemma Treharne-Foose shares a glimpse of her childhood visiting family in Porth, Rhondda – and years later returning to the area to live, introducing her young daughter to the joys of wild whinberries on Glynfach mountain.

Continue reading

UPLAND VOICES: Powys Moorland Partnership

As part of our Upland Voices campaign, we’re shining a light on the stories, people and projects in Wales’ upland areas. This week, we take a look at the wellbeing and community work taking place in the Brecon area thanks to the initiatives of Powys Moorland Partnership.

Continue reading

Upland Voices – sharing the stories of Wales’ upland communities

Image of dilapitaed building in back and white

As part of our 2020 conference ‘Resilience of the Welsh Uplands’, we’re looking for video contributions from individuals, families and groups with a special song, a reading from a story, a poem or even a recipe to share, highighting the local history of upland areas.

Continue reading

Welsh Uplands Photography Competition – winners announced!

The winners of Environment Platform Wales’ Welsh Uplands Photography Competition have been announced ahead of the platform’s conference programme launch. The competition celebrates the life, landscape and people living or working in the Welsh Uplands, covering more than 80% of Wales.

Continue reading