Recruitment BBNPA part time Community Development Officer based in Brecon

BBNPA is recruiting a part-time (22.2hrs a week) Community Development Officer – fixed-term 2-year contract, £23,111-£24,463pa pro-rata.

The role includes organising and leading lifelong learning and awareness outdoor activities with a range of excluded  groups at various locations in and surrounding the National Park. One of the Essential requirements is Walking Group Leader or Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader qualification.

For further information please contact Clare Parsons, Sustainable Development Manager

Views wanted to help shape Mid Wales economic plan

Mid Wales businesses are being encouraged for their views on the future of the region’s economy and what can be done to boost growth.
The Growing Mid Wales Partnership, an amalgamation of public, private and voluntary sector organisations set up to strengthen the region’s economy, has commissioned consultants to help develop an economic action plan for Mid Wales.  This follows from the publication of the Welsh Government’s new economic action plan and the announcement of a potential Growth Deal for Mid Wales in the autumn budget.
The Partnership are asking businesses for views on issues such as digital connectivity, business support, transport infrastructure and skills, to identify opportunities for growth in the region.
Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership Cllr Rosemarie Harris Leader of Powys County Council said; ”A Growth Deal for Mid Wales is a major opportunity for the region that will require the full support and participation of the private sector.  Proposals must be transformational focusing on innovation and unlocking the barriers to growth for local businesses and new investment.
“The work being undertaken will set out a clear vision and direction for the regional economy.   The voice of the Mid Wales business community is vital in informing the economic plan. We are very keen to speak to a wide cross section of business leaders within the region that could help shape and influence future growth.”
The economic action plan will look to develop a programme of strategic projects and investments that will help transform the Mid Wales economy and support growth over the next 15 years.  It is anticipated that the projects will be delivered through a range of funding sources including the potential Growth Deal for Mid Wales.
Businesses and organisations can take part in the online survey using the following link:
The study will conclude in the autumn with the preparation of a prioritised economic action plan for Mid Wales.
There are two events next week specifically to promote the Growing Mid Wales Economic Action Plan Business Consultation and to encourage participation in the Survey.
The event details are:
Growing Mid Wales Consultation Event
Monday 30th July, 19:00 – 21:00
The Castle of Brecon Hotel, Brecon
Growing Mid Wales Consultation Event
Wednesday 1st August, 19:00 – 21:00
The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Dinas gorge users identification

Great to see some users proudly displaying SWOAPG vehicle cards at Dinas car park today to show their entitlement to use the Sychryd gorge…

…but disappointing to see other providers (to whom they have been issued) not displaying them.

Please help the NRW Concordat scheme to work effectively by displaying your vehicle cards whenever you’re in the gorge, so that NRW, BBNPA and other users can clearly see who is entitled to be there. If you need more copies, please let us know!

Thank you all for your continued support,

South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group

Adventures in nature for people with sight impairment

The following message about an event in Bristol on 19 Sep may be of interest to any providers working with clients who have sight impairment:

Hello there

I am just writing in case the following event is of interest to your members:

The afternoon event will be held in Bristol on Wednesday 19th September 2018, and will focus on work in the UK and beyond to encourage participation in activities like kayaking, sailing, caving and climbing amongst people living with varying forms and severities of sight impairment.


With contributions from the Spirit of Adventure programme (run by the Bendrigg Trust), the Calvert Trust Exmoor, Blind Veterans and the Milton Mountaineers, discussions through the afternoon will highlight:


a)    The health and wellbeing benefits of being able to get involved in these activities;

b)    Varied approaches to opening up opportunities to engage in these activities;

c)     The importance of assistance that is appropriate to people’s individual parameters and skills.


The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in this area, including outdoor activity providers, people with sight impairment, people working in the eye health or sight loss sectors, researchers, and those in the policy sector with a remit to open up such experiences to all.

People can sign up via Eventbrite ( or by emailing me directly. It is free to attend but places are unfortunately limited.

All the best and many thanks


Dr Sarah Bell
Research Fellow

European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School

Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3HD
N.B. If I am sending emails out of ‘normal’ working hours, I may be overseas or working flexibly. Please be assured that I do not expect a response outside of your own working hours.

Dry weather implications for paddling on the Wye

SWOAPG has received the following message from the Environment Agency, the navigation authority for the Wye downstream of Hay:

“If the current hot, dry spell persists and ecological damage becomes a significant risk (such as canoeists, on stretches where there is insufficient depth, getting out and walking, trampling gravels etc), it may become necessary to temporarily prohibit, restrict or regulate the navigation and use of certain parts of the river in accordance with Article 19 of the Wye Navigation Order 2002.

“Please monitor the situation yourselves and cease activity voluntarily when the risk becomes significant. If you do suspend use in certain sections of the river we would be grateful if you notify us to this effect.

“We will keep this situation under review and will update you periodically. Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation, please contact me if you want to discuss this matter.”

Pontneddfechan Gunpowder Works Events

A message from BBNPA about some events at the Pontneddfechan Gunpowder Works:

"As you’ve shown interest in the Gunpowder Works project in the past, I wanted to forward you the attached details of three upcoming activities and events at the Gunpowder Works.

"The first is a reminiscence day on Sunday 15th July where we are inviting everyone to join us for a chance to share memories and also an opportunity to ask any questions about the conservation works carried out to date.

"There is also a chance for anyone aged 15-17 to take part in four days of activities at the Gunpowder works from 23rd to 26th July. This is a chance to find out more about the work of the National Park Authority and to learn new skills.

"Finally, for now, we have a week of archaeological excavations taking place from 30th July which is open to all to come along and participate. No previous experience is needed and you can spend as little or as much time with the archaeologists as you wish.

"Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information:"

“Waterfalls Country” Alerts: Minibuses in Pontneddfechan; and Loonies’ Leap Access 30 Jul-3 Aug

2 important notices from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority:

Minibuses in Pontneddfechan

"We have had complaints that some minibuses are being driven at an irresponsible speed from Dinas down the village, particularly in the area just up from the Dinas bridge where people and children are often around." This is clearly a sensitive issue about trust and good relationships. Residents have been asked to report offending providers to BBNPA…

Loonies' Leap Access 30 July-3 August

"Just a quick message to say we’ll be holding a community archaeology week for people to come and help uncover foundations of buildings on the site. This will include the former waterwheel pit and turbine house which is the Western bank platform that groups use to access Loonies' Leap. We’ll therefore be restricting access there from 30th July to 3rd August but access on the Eastern bank will be unaffected. I hope this doesn’t cause too much disruption for members. Hopefully it should mean we can uncover more about this site and make the platform more stable for the future."

South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group

Cwm Porth Female Changing Area

Information from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority:

“The female changing area in the Cwm Porth car park is in urgent need of repair work. From today, Monday 09-07-18, with the help of our Princes trust volunteers we will be commencing with the urgent work that is required. We will be removing the screens that are currently in place and replacing them with a new structure. As a result the current female changing area will be unusable during dismantling and rebuilding operations, we envisage the work to take between 2 and 3 days.

“In the interim, groups using the site have two options:

  1. the site warden has made the back store room of the site building available for female changing; and /or
  2. please organise yourselves to share the use of the male changing area on a rotation basis with group leader supervision as deemed appropriate.

“Apologies for any disruption and inconvenience that the groups may experience as a result of the essential works being undertaken. Many thanks for your understanding and assistance with this matter.”