A Strategic Vision for Hafod
To help reconcile the wishes of all those with an interest in Hafod,
including the public for whose benefit the project exists, the Hafod Partnership
has drawn up the following policy statement:
A Summary of the policy of the Hafod Conservation Partnership
- Background: Hafod Uchdryd is one of the most important Picturesque
landscapes in Europe. Having suffered damage and dereliction early in
the twentieth century Hafod is currently a working forest, and home
to a wide range of animals and plants, some of them rare. It is also
a favoured place for walkers.
- Balances: The conservation of the genius of the place at Hafod
for public benefit will entail sustainable balances between financial
objectives; protection and access; growth and decay; upkeep and renewal;
work and leisure; continuity and innovation. The Hafod Advisory Panel
is an independent source of guidance on such issues.
- Landscape: At the core of the estate, the Partnership aims
to re-capture Johnes's concept of a working, wooded parkland, in the
- Ecology: The ecological value and diversity of Hafod will be
safeguarded and enhanced, with particular regard to Schedule 1 birds,
upland oak woodlands, lichens, bryophytes and fungi.
- Built Heritage: Historic man-made structures, together with
modified natural features, will be protected, and - where they contribute
to the Picturesque experience - conserved.
- Public Access: For walkers intent on relative solitude and
quiet enjoyment of landscape and nature, access will be facilitated
by re-opening historic paths, where this can be done safely and in the
light of later land-use.
- Research and Education: On-going surveys, research, archaeology
and evaluation will be the basis for planning, management and public
information. A programme of education will be pursued.
- Consultation and the Community: The Partnership with consult
closely with land owners and other stakeholders. It will actively support
the local economy and employment, (including, trainees and volunteers),
and provide facilities for less-able people and the enhancement of traditional
- Funding: Implementing this strategic vision for Hafod will
initially require extra funding, based on the grant-aid from the Heritage
Lottery Fund. Financial self-sufficiency for the estate is a desirable