Top author to lead protest walk against the building of 64 wind turbines in iconic Welsh mountain area.
The forestry issue might be on the backburner for now, but the Cambrian Mountains are under threat from a proposal to build 64 huge wind turbines in the area, which has sparked a protest walk to be led by award-winning write and climber, Jim Perrin.
Objectors to the scheme say that 53 of the turbines will be over 140 metres high and ‘will decimate this spectacular and unique area of Wales’.
Perrin, with characertistic eloquence, puts it like this: ‘Nowhere better epitomises resistant Welsh nationhood than the wild landscape of Hyddgen, north of Pumlumon Fawr. It was here that Owain Glyndwr, hugely outnumbered, won the first battle of his great uprising.
‘And it is here that we hope to make our stand against the depredations upon Welsh landscape by heedless and ill-considered government. May the spirit of this place impart its strength to us; and help preserve it undiminished by threatened environmental atrocity.’
The walk is due to take place on Sunday 6 March starting from the Nant-y-Moch Reservoir* at 2pm and will be no longer than two miles in length. Perrin will be joined by John Jones, lead singer of the Oysterband and others and will give a short speech outlining his objections to the scheme in particular and the industrialisation of our wild places in general.
The walk is being organised by the Cambrian Mountains Society. More information at www.cambrian-mountains.co.uk.
* Meet at 2pm at the lay-by on the Ponterwyd – Talybont road near north-west tip of Nant y Moch reservoir, grid reference SN737885
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