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Over the coming weeks the National Park Authority will be holding a series of drop-in sessions across the Park to give owners and managers of traditional buildings the opportunity to discuss improvement opportunities in traditional buildings with experts and Authority officers.

The struggle to keep damp at bay in traditional buildings is all too familiar for many owners of old buildings, and there is often a temptation to cover stone surfaces with cemented or plastered rendering. As well as impairing the character of the building, this can hinder the building’s ability to breathe naturally, leading to further problems down the line.

Under the specialist guidance of Chambers Conservation and the Natural Building Centre, Llanrwst, the drop-in sessions will provide an opportunity for a chat and to see demonstrations of alterations or retrofitting work on traditional buildings, as well as receiving information on how to improve the energy efficiency of traditional buildings.

During the sessions, Park Authority officers will also be at hand to discuss the designation of Conservation Areas and how property owners and managers can take steps to protect the special features of these buildings. There will also be an opportunity to sign-up for a Park Authority funded training session to look in more detail at how old traditional buildings can be brought to twenty-first century standards in terms of energy efficiency.

Elen Hughes, a Planning Policy Officer for the National Park Authority said:

“Traditional buildings form an integral part of what makes Eryri unique. By working with owners and managers to develop these buildings in a sustainable way, we can ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy these historic buildings in a way that is fit for purpose in this modern age.”

Anyone with an interest in traditional buildings is welcome to call in to any of these four drop-in events:

  • Neuadd Aberdyfi: Saturday, 11th February between 1 and 4.30pm.
  • Betws y Coed Information Centre: Wednesday, 15th February between 2 and 6pm.
  • Canolfan Cwm Idwal: Thursday, 2nd March between 2 and 6pm.
  • Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog: Saturday, 11th March between 1 and 4.30pm.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The scheme, which forms part of the Conservation Areas project, is funded by the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Places fund.
  2. For more information or to arrange an interview contact Gwen Aeron Edwards, Communications Officer for Planning and Land Management on aeron@eryri.llyw.cymru or 01766 770 274 / 07887452467