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Postcards and leaflets celebrate Dolgellau's special townscape

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15 August 2018

This week saw the launch of a new leaflet and a series of postcards celebrating the unique townscape of Dolgellau. Striking illustrations of the town’s buildings, which feature on the postcards and leaflet, were drawn by Coleg Meirion Dwyfor art students.

The leaflet and postcards, developed in collaboration by the Dolgellau Townscape Heritage Project and the Dolgellau Partnership, were published to celebrate and raise awareness of the town’s special heritage. The leaflet provides details of two walking routes which will lead walkers around the most notable buildings, as well as the number of calories burned on each route!

Community engagement is an important aspect of the Dolgellau Townscape Heritage Project, and to this end two members of the Dolgellau Partnership were appointed to work with the Project Officer on the initiative. The Art Department of Coleg Meirion Dwyfor was also approached, giving two foundation course students, Abigail Winter and Dafydd Manzini-Hughes, the opportunity to work to a brief to design the leaflet and produce illustrations of the town’s buildings.

The postcards and leaflet can be purchased from local shops and hotels, with income generated from sales going towards further heritage projects. The initiative was funded by the Dolgellau Townscape Heritage Project which is administrated by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

John Ellis, the Dolgellau Townscape Heritage Project Officer explained:

“This initiative has been a great success as all the partnership working on the content and illustrations for the leaflet and postcards has promoted community engagement. The hope now is that the leaflet and postcards will raise awareness amongst residents and visitors to Dolgellau of the town’s special townscape heritage, while promoting health and wellbeing through encouraging individuals to follow the town walks.”

Llinos Rowlands from the Dolgellau Partnership stated:

“Working with the young people from the college was inspirational. They are talented, but they also possess the skills and work ethics to develop ideas, and drive them to success”.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Dolgellau Townscape Heritage Project is a partnership between the Snowdonia National Park Authority, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and Gwynedd Council. The project was launched in 2016 as the second phase of the Dolgellau Townscape Heritage Initiative.
  2. The project’s main aim is to restore the town of Dolgellau by giving eligible property owners an opportunity to receive a grant to repair buildings, restore lost architectural features along with bringing empty floors back into economic use. Another objective of the project is to promote awareness of the town's heritage and encourage the community and visitors to have greater involvement in their cultural heritage.
  3. For more details contact Gwen Aeron Edwards, SNPA Communications Officer – Planning and Land Management on 01766 772 238 or 07887452467, or email gwen.aeron@eryri.llyw.cymru