Mark Drakeford in meetings to create new national park in Wales
The First Minister has said that he has been in meetings to create a new national park in Wales.
It is believed that the new park will cover the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley in the north-east – which is currently designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The area designated an AONB in 1985 includes a 21-mile chain of hills stretching from Prestatyn to Llangollen on the River Dee.
Welsh Labour had suggested in the run up to last month’s election that they were keen to give another part of the north of Wales a status like Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast and the Brecon Beacons. It would be the country’s first new national park since 1957.
While visiting the north of Wales, Mark Drakeford told Wrexham.com that he was already in talks to have the area made a national park.
“The creation of a new National Park, I had a fantastic start to the morning meeting the chair and the lead officer for the area of outstanding natural beauty that’s going to become the new national park in North Wales,” he said.
“There are legal processes we’ve got to go through, consultations with local people – that’s going to take this term to make it happen.”
Before the election, he said he had been “bowled over” by the area when recently visiting for the first time.
“I must confess to you that last week, I went to a part of the Clwydian Range that I’ve never been to. It was just stunning, it was absolutely beautiful.”