SMS Project: Healing & Memory
What is “SMS”?
Tell Us About The Project:
The Project has 2 principle limbs and outputs:
1) The delivery of environmental works to improve ecological habitats and water quality; and
2) The creation of new access opportunities in the form of 3 new sections of footpath and a new landform.
These 2 Project limbs are explained in further detail in the accompany FAQs …
Why is the Project called ‘Healing & Memory’?
The most significant human intervention in and reshaping of this landscape and the lives of the people who lived in it came as a result of the Second World War and what followed in its immediate aftermath. In 1940 the UK Government created 2 military bases, RAF Bodorgan and the Ty Croes Camp. From 1949 the UK Government sponsored the creation of the Llanfeirian Experimental Farm. These interventions by the central UK Government had a huge and lasting impact.
Living memory of this time of major change is beginning to fade. So, the aim of the Project, working in partnership with Bangor University’s School of History, is to explore, capture and share this history of change and people.
What area does the Project cover?
Who is leading the Project?
What is the Bodorgan Estate?
Today the Bodorgan Estate is the oldest land holding on Anglesey. This longevity has provided the opportunity to shape, protect and enhance many of the special areas that exist today in South-West Anglesey.
Nature conservation is a passion at Bodorgan, and the Estate has been active in delivering biodiversity gain whether that be planting trees, widening hedgerows, curating conservation grazing, harbouring a red squirrel sanctuary or supporting the work of Natural Resources Wales.
At its core the Estate is and has always been a farming estate and has made land available to local farming families for generations. The Estate employs a significant number of local people and Welsh remains the working language of many of the Estate’s teams.
Who is the Project Manager?
To whom is the Project accountable?
However, the Project is assisted by a Project Board whose membership comprises people from Anglesey and North Wales with expertise in: ecology; farming; Welsh history; and the working of local government.
Who is the Project working with?
We are fortunate enough to be working with a number of highly skilled and experienced organisations and professionals including:
- Natural Resources Wales
- North Wales Rivers Trust
- Bangor University’s School of History and the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates
- Adrienne Stratford, Wales’ leading expert on chough
- Paul Harrison of Harrison Design Development, an award-winning North Wales-based landscape designer
- Geoff Wood, an experienced public art consultant whose family have lived for generations in the Aberffraw area.
The benefits the Project will bring: Environmental Works
We are delivering a portfolio of individual projects whose purpose is to benefit biodiversity and improve river health. These projects include:
- Re-wetting historic peatlands: lowland peatland in this part of Anglesey is today much reduced in extent. Peatland is of significance both for the range of wetland plants and insects it supports and its important role in storing carbon.
- Re-introduction of grazing to coastal pastures: a focus here is on improving habitat for foraging chough.
- Creating new fenced streamside corridors: the purpose here is to improve water quality and habitat for spawning fish and to reduce nutrient and sediment input.
- The creation of new pools in wet pasture.
The benefits the Project will bring: New Access Opportunities
We will use innovative interpretation material to help tell the story of landscape change and the history of the people who have lived in, worked in and shaped this landscape.
See the separate FAQs on Voices in the Landscape for further detail.
How much will the Project cost and where does the funding come from?
The Bodorgan Estate will be contributing further sums from its own resources to support the delivery of the Project.
What is the Project timescale?
Sustainable Management Scheme
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