Hazard at Morlais Quarry

Please note this report from Ieuan Starks of School Camp regarding climbing at Morlais Quarry:

"A large rock was dislodged by my group and would have caused sever injury if it had hit someone.  There appears to be a line of loose rock 3/4 of the way up the corner climb but on the flat wall (I have not managed to abseiled in to inspect this).  Please see photo attached for area marked in red.  NB. This is not the abseil wall, but the next corner along (60m south) identifiable by a small tree above the flat wall."

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
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