The Hafod Project

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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 places, 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.

Cumberland map of Hafod 1796

Cumberland Map of Hafod 1796


In April 2013 Forestry Commission Wales merged with the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency to become Natural Resources Wales.

The Hafod Partnership has maintained 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 commencing in 2006, "Heritage Landscapes", aimed to promote sustainable development by increasing visitor numbers. For more information, go to News and Events.


   Hafod Conservation Partnership supported by:
Heritage Lottery Fund LogoHeritage Lottery Fund
European Union INTERREG IIIA logo Pentir Pumlumon is engaged in a joint marketing project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland/Wales INTERREG IIIA Program. Cydcoed Tir Coed LogoTir Coed EU Project Logo Project part- financed by the European Union
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