The Hafod Project
The current project to save and restore the designed landscape of Hafod was initiated in 1990 by a private benefactor through the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. The Trust formed a partnership with Forestry Commission to undertake practical conservation, concentrating on the network of Johnesian paths. In 1994 a new charity was formed, Ymddiriedolaeth yr Hafod - the Hafod Trust, and the partnership reassigned accordingly.
The Project has received funding from a variety of sources, including the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Environment Wales, Cydcoed and other public bodies, private trusts, and individuals. Support in kind and payment of office overheads is provided by the Forestry Commission. A full list of grant givers is displayed at the Estate Office on an “Honours Board”.
The Project was at its busiest in the four years from 2000 to 2003, when the equivalent of four full-time staff was employed and much of the path restoration work was completed. In 2004 the emphasis was on consolidating this work and producing publications to interpret it. The Partnership is now looking for funds to enable it to continue implementing the Forest Design Plan and carrying out small-scale works, so that the landscape around the historic walks and the views from them will do justice to Thomas Johnes’s creation.
Work at Hafod is carried out by two part-time managerial staff, an in-house forestry and maintenance team, occasional student placees, and a variety of contractors.
Other bodies with a statutory interest in parts of Hafod:
Cadw - Welsh Historic Monuments: there are four Scheduled Ancient Monuments at Hafod and a number of Listed Buildings.
Residents: the former estate cottages and lodges are now private homes, set within the landscape.
The Hafod Partnership maintains close links with Pentir Pumlumon, the rural regeneration and tourism group for the local area. In 2005 they successfully applied for funding from the European Union's Interreg IIIA scheme, in conjunction with Castlecomer in Co. Kilkenny, Rep. of Ireland.
The resulting project, "Heritage Landscapes", aims to promote sustainable development by increasing visitor numbers. This will be achieved through marketing, to raise the profile of the two cross-border areas and to improve their competitiveness by offering therned activities and specialist attractions. The project will be launched at an event at Hafod in early June 2006. For more information, go to News and Events."
Hafod Conservation Partnership supported by: