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Sunday, 21 October 2012
AGMs can be
stuffy formalities but I really enjoyed the Snowdonia Society’s. Eighteen of us
met at the Ganllwyd village hall for a pre-meeting walk led by Rhodri Wigley,
the National Trust’s ‘ranger’ for Meirionnydd. Autumn colours, warm sun and blue
sky brought out the best in the woodlands above Dolmelynllyn.
Rhodri at Rhaedr Ddu
has been done in recent years leading up to last year’s 75th
anniversary of the property being in National Trust ownership. Among the many
buildings on the estate is Nant Las, a romantic one bedroom self-catering
cottage which used to be the observatory. Below it, the pond has been renovated
with a new concrete outflow to channel stormwater onwards to the river below. I’d
noted the work when driving past on the main road and had wondered what was the
point of the boulders in the otherwise smooth outflow. They are intended to
provide breaks in the current for exhausted salmon making their way upstream; until
now the bottom of the outflow was the highest point they have reached.
restoration of the bee bole wall posed some discussion. Could there really have
been 46 skeps (wicker basket type hives) in this many alcoves? Air traffic
control would have been a bit like Heathrow. Here’s some footage of the
stonemason at work re-building the wall in 2011.
Sadly the restoration
of an old tree we passed is beyond the miracles of the National Trust and the
colony of tree lungwort will perish when it eventually falls.
I had looked
at the front of Dolmelynllyn Hall many times and admired the elaborate first floor
bay window but never realised until Rhodri explained that is was built with the
uprights of a four poster bed, its headboard and footboard.
in the village hall we held our AGM with the only sticky point being an
exchange of views on developments at the Llanbedr airfield. More tea and cakes
were followed by an enjoyable talk from John Lloyd Jones titled ‘A farmer’s
view of Snowdonia’.