Calling all Waterfall Country Gorge Providers: Practical Workshop 16 Feb

Further to our recent message (repeated below), we have now arranged for a practical workshop for key gorge users to consider how Activity Providers can help care for these special places, on Wed 16 Feb from 8.30am to 12pm, based at Clyn Gwyn Car Park.

To confirm place(s), please use the RSVP facility on our website event listing: Wed 16 Feb 2022 Waterfall Country Gorges: a Practical Workshop to consider how Activity Providers can help care for these special places

The intention is to cover the section of the Mellte between Sgwd Clun Gwyn and Sgwd y Pannwr. To participate fully you’ll need ‘wet’ gorge kit (available from the organiser if required) – or if you prefer you can stay dry and join in parts only with walking kit!

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Those of you using the Waterfall Country gorges in the last year or so will be well aware of the immense pressure that the area is under from visitors – which is having a significant adverse impact on the gorge environment. We know that gorge-walking groups are not a significant part of the problem – in fact we think there’s a lot we can do to help!

SWOAPG is therefore planning to hold an onsite workshop, based around the Mellte gorge, to see what we can do to help alleviate some of the problems being caused by visitor numbers and behaviour.

The idea of the workshop (which will be facilitated on behalf of SWOAPG by Lee Garbett of Quest Adventures – and hopefully attended by all the major gorge-walking providers as well as environmental and safety organisations) is to share concerns and ideas and generate some key messages and good practice for groups using the gorge, which SWOAPG will then disseminate more widely. Topics to be addressed will include how providers might…

  • better understand and continue to minimise their own impact on the fragile gorge environment;
  • help keep the area in good condition e.g. by collecting and disposing of rubbish; and
  • influence the behaviour of the general public to better look after the gorge environment (and their own safety!).

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