Call for Outdoor Activity Providers
The Outdoor Tourism Project is looking to procure the services of outdoor activity providers to help deliver a range of exciting taster/development and coaching sessions to Gwynedd and Conwy residents. A wide range of activities are being considered for inclusion such as kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, a family adventure day and mine exploration.
The activity sessions are planned to run over the period June - October 2013 and the Project co-ordinators say: "We are keen to ensure that all outdoor activity providers are aware that we are looking to procure this work and that they have the opportunity to submit an expression of interest. The closing date for applications is 18th April."
Environmental Outdoor Charter Group
The North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group became a reality at its inaugural meeting chaired by the Group's newly appointed co-ordinator Catherine Miles. After introductions Catherine outlined why such a charter was felt to be necessary for north Wales and how similar organisations in Pembroke and south Wales worked. Currently, these two groups along with Snowdonia-Active, the umbrella organisation for the new charter group, sit alongside each other as part of the Wales Activity Tourism Organisation (WATO).
The meeting split into two discussion groups to broadly look at the priorities and scope of the charter. Useful input came from the statutory bodies in attendance such as the Countryside for Wales, Snowdonia National Park and Wales Environment Agency. A steering group was formed to take the charter forward.
Outdoor Charter Inaugural Meeting
Following the appointment of a part-time North Wales Outdoor Charter Group Co-ordinator
, the inaugural meeting to form a steering group, will be held at The Heights in Llanberis on Monday 12th November at 7.00 p.m. The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to have an input into shaping the groupís core objectives.
It is envisioned that the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group (NWEOCG) will provide a mechanism for the outdoor community to work together and ensure that activity venues across the region can continue to be used in a sustainable way.
Obviously not everyone will want or be able to be part of the steering group, but we hope a core group of interested people will come together and drive the project forward. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
before the event so we can gauge numbers for the meeting.
Outdoor Tourism Business Week
The Outdoor Tourism Business Roadshow is taking place during October for anyone running or planning to start an outdoor sector business in Gwynedd or Conwy. These four events aim to engage with businesses so as to understand the needs and issues facing the outdoor sector and in particular those that prevent their growth.
They will also provide an opportunity to find out more about the Outdoor Tourism Project and the available support that it can provide to local businesses, including that from the Welsh Government Regional Centre Service (Business Support Service).
N.Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group
Following consultation and a presentation at the Outdoor North Wales Forum last February, Snowdonia-Active (S-A) is seeking to launch an environmental outdoor charter for north Wales. A meeting will be held in the near future to pull a steering group together and begin the work outlined in the 'Proposal for the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group' document.
A charter will bring the region into line with Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National Parks that already have environmental charters in place. One of the actions in the recent Snowdonia National Park Recreation Strategy 2012 - 17 was: "Introduce nationally agreed Codes of Conduct and/or Recreation Charters, to reduce area of conflict between user groups, conservation and land managers."
National Coasteering Charter
In November last year, over 80 coasteering providers met in Bristol to vote-in a National Coasteering Charter (NCC).
It has become clear since then that not all the activity providers in north Wales were aware of this development and concern has been expressed about elements of its relevance to the region.
A meeting has been arranged for the 14th June at The Heights Hotel 7.00 p.m. for anyone running coasteering sessions in north Wales or having an interest in the activity, to discuss the Charter. Tom Luddington, from Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter, said it's a 'live document' and welcomes any feedback.
Welsh Government Consultations
The Welsh Government is currently consulting on the proposal for combining the work of the† Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and the Forestry Commission Wales into a new 'single body'.
The new body would continue to have an important role in planning and providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and its management.
Consultation on Sustaining a Living Wales
is also currently underway. This green paper looks at the governance and delivery of the management and regulation of the environment in Wales, based on the ecosystem approach.
Consultation on the proposed new body closes on 2nd May and the deadline for commenting on Sustaining a Living Wales
is 31st May.
SNPA Recreation Strategy 2012 - 17
The Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) Recreation Strategy is now out for consultation. Feedback on the document to help ensure the effective management of the Park's natural and cultural resources is welcomed.
This consultation draft outlines what steps the Authority and its partners should take within the next five years to implement the Strategy.
These steps include ensuring that recreational activities respect the special qualities and peacefulness of Snowdonia, the need to consider the effects of climate change in relation to recreation, protecting and enhancing the sense of place in Snowdonia, and securing and improving access for all.
It also includes promoting the health and well-being advantages to leisure activities, securing economic benefits, working in partnership and improving the connection between the various recreational activities.
Enjoying the Rivers and Lakes of Wales
A new Waterside Code and DVD have been produced to help people enjoy Wales' rivers and lakes in a responsible and sustainable way. The Waterside Code has been led by the Welsh Government in consultation with the main inland water activity user groups. The national code was a recommendation from the Assembly's Sustainability Committee's 2010 Inquiry into Access to Inland Water in Wales. The Countryside Council for Wales, supported by the Environment Agency, commissioned Snowdonia-Active to produce the DVD Enjoying the Lakes and Rivers of Wales
as part of the ongoing series of reconciling conservation and recreation films.
Green into Gold
Snowdonia bed and breakfast business, Bryn Bella
, has received North Wales' first Gold Award from the UK's Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) - established to recognise and promote businesses which make a significant contribution to creating a sustainable, green enterprise. It is the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain.
Bryn Bella in Betws-y-Coed is run by husband and wife team Mark and Joan Edwards. Both care passionately about the environment and are firm believers that, through their business, they can make an important contribution to the region. In 2009, Green Snowdonia
recognised their eco-friendly credentials as winners of the Most Sustainable B&B Award
and last March The
listed Bryn Bella as one of the thirty coolest B&Bs in Britain.
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