Enhancing Rural Heritage
PLANED supports communities to enhance and add value to the heritage and environment of their area. The aim is to make the most of natural and historical resources, safeguarding and valuing the environment and heritage of Pembrokeshire.
At area meetings communities are encouraged and assisted to identify locally important nature and heritage sites. PLANED’s role under Axis 3 of the Rural Development Plan supports the safeguarding, enhancement, improved access and interpretation of local heritage and nature sites identified by local communities such as SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Importance).
Improvements to these sites increase the enjoyment and recreational opportunities of both local people and visitors and tourists. Sites of a specialist nature eg military history sites can be linked together to form trails and provide niche tourist attractions.
Angle Lime Kilns
At Angle, PLANED has provided funding for restoration work at the lime kilns and brickworks. Funding has also been provided to replace interpretation panels at Llawhaden and create new panels on the heritage of the village at Wolfscastle. PLANED made a financial contribution to the refurbishment of Newport Tourist Information Centre.
At Llangloffan Fen, in partnership with the West Wales Wildlife Trust, PLANED has supported the clearance of the site, the provision of a bird hide, boardwalks and car parking.
At Maenclochog the community identified the car park as the possible site of an early castle settlement from their study of old maps and documents. In partnership with Dyfed Archaeology PLANED funded an archaeological dig which confirmed the existence of a castle and prehistoric origins of the site. The excavation generated much interest in the history of the village and two information panels now explain this.
The dig at Maenclochog along with a dig at medieval cist graves at Angle, took place as part of the LEADER+ EU and Welsh Assembly Government funded programme.
Volunteers from the community helped with the dig and visitors were given guided tours. Information gained through the excavation will assist in drawing up management plans for the site, to avoid accidental damage, and to try and conserve it as effectively as possible. It has helped our understanding of cemetery development within west Wales and in Britain as a whole.
At the site of Nevern Castle, PLANED supported a community liaison officer to explain the site to local volunteers and visitors.
Visit www.experiencepembrokeshire.com to see the results, in the form of leaflets, of PLANED’s work with local communities to celebrate their heritage and value their environment.