Objective 4: Ensure that key built heritage and ancient heritage sites are protected to safeguard and maintain their condition into the future
Safeguarding Elan’s Historic Environment
Elan is home to a wealth of built and ancient heritage sites and assets. There is a diverse range of sites ranging across the ages and into the more recent past of the valleys flooding. Their stories include the cultural history of how people have moved across and inhabited the Elan Valley during the last 5 millennia
There is a variety of historical records for the features on the estate which have been collected at different points of times and under different emphases. The development of this project has assessed the records and the features to ascertain the condition of these sites in our historical landscape. With a greater appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the records and sites, a programme of works has been compiled to ensure the safeguarding of the sites and the historical evidence they may contain. This programme includes a significant area of resurveying to improve our confidence of the records in terms of accuracy and locality of the asset, to ensure its future protection and management.
These works will ensure that our built and ancient heritage is maintained and protected against future deterioration, where appropriate. Where sites are subject to natural factors (for instance erosion) aims of collecting evidence and understanding have been deemed appropriate to salvage information before nature takes its full course
Long term this project will allow a better and more accurate register of the sites across Elan. Sites will be better recorded and more visible and accessible to the public, where fitting to the sites locality (further details in Project 5a). It has also helped identify sites and assets at risk beyond the life of this project and provides partners with a means of assessing this legacy.