Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Clwyd South, has said that plans to give Llangollen and the Dee Valley official ‘Area of Outstanding natural Beauty’ (AONB) Status would be a welcome boost to tourism in austere times.  Mabon, whose family farms in the Dee Valley, welcomed the proposals which he said would lead to a number of benefits.  

The proposals would result in the AONB incorporating rural Wrexham and Denbighshire communities. 

Plaid Cymru Candidate for Clwyd South, Mabon ap Gwynfor said:  

“These proposals are great news for the Llangollen and Dee Valley area.  I am sure that this official status will boost tourism and would encourage even more holidaymakers to come to the area.   This boost to the local economy would be doubly welcomed in today’s tough economic climate.” 

Mabon, whose family farms in the Dee Valley also said that acknowledging the area’s ‘outstanding beauty’ would have personal meaning for him;

“The areas in question are of huge historic and cultural significance to Wales, but they are also areas of incredible natural beauty, and it would be great for them to be officially recognised as such.  I’m proud to say that my family farms in the Dee valley, beneath Cadair Bronwen on the Berwyn range, therefore I know firsthand how outstandingly beautiful the area is, and welcome any plans to celebrate the beauty of the landscape.” 

The Plaid Candidate added:

 “There is currently a problem in the area of damage being caused to the land by scramblers, off road 4x4s and off road bikes.  I am hopeful that giving the area AONB status would help to put an end to that.”