The Elan Links Partnership Board was formed in 2013 to develop a Landscape Partnership bid for the Elan Valley and includes representatives from the following organisations:
- Elan Valley Trust
- Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
- Community Arts Rhayader and District (CARAD)
- Tir Coed
- Natural Resources Wales
We also have the following stakeholders:
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
- Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
- Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
- Rhayader 2000
- Elan Valley Tenants Association
- Cwmdauddwr Commoners Association
- Rhayader Town Council
- Powys County Council
- Ceredigion County Council
About Elan Valley Trust
Elan Valley Trust was established by Welsh Water by agreement with Government in 1989 as a charitable trust in view of expressed concerns about the future of the publicly acquired estate following the vagaries of privatization. The Trusts objects are to is to promote nature conservation, quiet enjoyment and social welfare across the Elan Valley ~ one per cent Wales’ land area in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. With nearly 1000 years left on the lease of the Elan Valley, the Trust has a very long term perspective on its purposes. There are currently six trustees appointed by various public bodies in Wales.
About Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water serves 1.4 million household and business customers in Wales, Herefordshire and parts of Deeside. Welsh Water is a ‘non-shareholder’ company which is unique in the water industry, and all gains reinvested to improve services and keep customer bills affordable. The Elan Estate is the largest single area of land owned by any of the national water companies, comprising some 10% of the total. The Estate has been managed to protect the quality and quantity of the water since 1892.
CARAD was created in 1994 and has grown since then. In 1999, it raised money to secure units in Rhayader for the use o performance, dance and all things creative. The Rhayader Museum and Gallery is at the heart of the community and remains CARAD’s biggest project to date. Since 2009 its exhibition programme has been diverse and varied and has included the ‘Rhayader Jewels’ – a collection of Romano-British jewellery, usually on display in the British Museum and the Llanwrthwel Torcs, a bronze age collection found locally and on display at the National Museum of Wales. In partnership with other local organisations, the small staff team and a dedicated group of volunteers have and continue to devise ways of raising the profile of the town through community events like The Gro Gathering, and Christmas Lantern Extravaganza. They capture the local stories and transform them into theatre productions and exhibitions and the legacy lives on in the museum archives.
About Natural Resources Wales
It’s our job in Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to look after natural resources and what they provide for us: to help reduce the risk to people and properties of flooding and pollution; to look after special places for well-being, wildlife and timber; and to work with others to help us all to manage them sustainably. The people who work here in NRW have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help make the sustainable management of natural resources a reality.
About Tir Coed
Tir Coed is a charity based in rural Wales that ‘improves lives through woodlands’. It provides accredited training courses and bespoke activities that introduce people to a variety of woodland related skills whilst also giving them the health and social benefits of accessing woodlands. It facilitates accredited training courses to introduce unemployed people, young offenders, NEET’s and young people at risk of offending to a variety of woodland related skills. All of the activities improve the health and accessibility of the woodland, creating a community resource that can be enjoyed by all, long after the projects have finished.