Wednesday 19 February 2014
Situated on the popular tourist route between the Elan Valley and Devil's Bridge, the spectacular industrial landscape of the Cwmystwyth Mines often makes visitors spontaneously stop to learn more.
Archaeological investigations have shown that mining for metal ore has taken place in the area from the Bronze Age until the mines closed in the 1950s. Now the importance of the site is reflected by its status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a multiple Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Ownership of the site has now transferred to the Cambrian Mines Trust who want to sympathetically preserve the important site for the benefit of the local community, mining heritage and other interest groups. The Trust also wish to make more people aware of the importance of the site through education and interpretation.
The main ambition of the Trust is to manage the site as a scientific and ecological education resource whilst maintaining it as a working environment for local farmers. It is hoped that if this can be achieved the site will once again become an asset to the community and one which could bring money into the local economy.
The Trust has received funding support from Cynnal y Cardi, a Ceredigion County Council Axis 4 LEADER project (funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007–13, which in turn has been funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) and the Welsh Government's historic environment service Cadw.
The funding has been used to commission the Dyfed Archaeological Trust to produce a Protection and Management Plan to guide the future aspirations for the site.
The community event has been arranged for 7pm on Tuesday 11 March at Ysgoldy Goch, Cwmystwyth, and the Cambrian Mines Trust warmly invite all interested parties to hear presentations about the site and to discuss its future plans for the site as a community asset.