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Glyndwr battle site at risk of wind farm

Protesters are battling to prevent the ancient site of Owain Glyndwr’s most famous uprising from being over-run by wind turbines.

In 1401, the Battle of Hyddgen took place on the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales when the rebel Welsh leader and 150 men defeated the 2,000-strong armies of the English king.

And now The Cambrian Mountain Society is fighting its own struggle to protect the upland site, which it claims is as important to the history of Wales as Culloden to Scotland’s.

The society said the landscape overlooking the Nant y Moch reservoir adjoins land where Scottish & Southern Energy is proposing to build a wind power station of 64 turbines, up to 481ft high – larger than any yet built in the UK.

John Morgan, society trustee, said the land deserves to become an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which would protect it from development.

He said: “From this battle at Plynlimon, Glyndwr became known as a revolutionary leader for the whole of Wales. The landscape has not changed much since the middle of the 15th century and you can almost imagine the armies and their encampments on it even today.

“Wind farms like the one proposed are not allowed in Snowdonia or in the Brecon Beacons so Mid Wales seems to be unfairly targeted as the dumping ground for them.”

A spokesman for Scottish and Southern Energy said: “The proposed Nant y Moch wind farm is located in an area identified by the Welsh Assembly Government as suitable for large-scale wind farm development.

“The views of local communities are extremely important to us, and we have carried out a period of thorough consultation to ensure all members of the community have been reached.”