Urgent Appeal from the National Park Authority

Visitors are the life blood of a beautiful place like Pembrokeshire, so to ask people to stay away is unprecedented. Some visitors are already here and some are planning to leave their main homes across the UK and make their way here as we write. We urge everyone to be kind. Many people are afraid and some are angry. We hope that we will all remember that all any of us want is to feel safe and protected. Please let us be kind to one another…

Neges ddwyieithog yw hon. This is a bilingual message.

Gweler isod ar gyfer y fersiwn Saesneg. Please see below for the English version.

Anogir pobl i osgoi teithio i amddiffyn cymunedau gwledig

Mae Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro yn cyhoeddi ple i bobl amddiffyn cymunedau gwledig Sir Benfro a dilyn cyngor y Llywodraeth i osgoi teithio ac aros gartref lle bynnag y bo modd.

Dywedodd Tegryn Jones, prif weithredwr Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Penfro: “Fel sir rydym yn dibynnu ar ein heconomi ymwelwyr, gan groesawu dros bedair miliwn o ymwelwyr bob blwyddyn, ond yn ystod yr amseroedd digynsail hyn rydym yn annog ymwelwyr i osgoi popeth ond teithio hanfodol ac i aros gartref i aros yn ddiogel.

“Rydym yn galw ar Lywodraethau Cymru a Phrydain i ddarparu mesurau mwy cadarn ar deithio diangen ac ymbellhau cymdeithasol gydag arweiniad penodol ynghylch yr hyn yn union a olygir gyda ‘theithio angenrheidiol’.

“Mae cyrchfannau ymwelwyr ledled y wlad, gan gynnwys Sir Benfro, wedi wynebu cynnydd sylweddol yn nifer yr ymwelwyr dros y penwythnos. Mae pryder gwirioneddol y bydd ein gwasanaethau iechyd yn wynebu pwysau cynyddol ac ni fydd mesurau pellhau cymdeithasol yn cael sylw.

“Mae sawl un o atyniadau blaenllaw Sir Benfro, gan gynnwys safleoedd ymwelwyr yr Awdurdod, Castell Caeriw, Castell Henllys ac Oriel y Parc, wedi cau mewn ymateb i gyngor y Llywodraeth.

“Rydym yn gwerthfawrogi bod pobl yn debygol o fod angen mynediad i fannau agored ac awyr iach yn yr amseroedd anodd hyn ond mae’n amhosibl ymarfer pellter cymdeithasol diogel gyda nifer cynyddol o ymwelwyr.

“Fel Awdurdod byddwn yn gwneud popeth o fewn ein gallu dros yr wythnosau nesaf i ddarparu rhith-fynediad trwy ein gwefan, sianeli cyfryngau cymdeithasol, podlediadau a fideo i ganiatáu i bobl gysylltu â natur a phrofi ein Parc Cenedlaethol ar-lein. Ewch i www.arfordirpenfro.cymru i gael mwy o wybodaeth. ”

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is issuing a plea for people to protect Pembrokeshire’s rural communities and follow Government advice to avoid travel and remain at home wherever possible.

Tegryn Jones, chief executive of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, said: “As a county we depend on our visitor economy, welcoming over four million visitors every year, but during these unprecedented times we are urging visitors to avoid all but essential travel and to stay at home to stay safe.

“We are calling on the UK and Welsh governments to provide stronger measures on unnecessary travel and social distancing, with specific guidance on what ‘necessary travel’ actually entails.

“Visitor destinations across the country, including Pembrokeshire, have faced significant increases in visitor numbers over the weekend. There is real concern that our health services will face increased pressure, and social distancing measures will not be heeded.

“Several of Pembrokeshire’s flagship attractions, including the Authority’s visitor sites of Carew Castle, Castell Henllys and Oriel y Parc, have closed in response to government advice.

“We appreciate that in these difficult times people are likely to need access to open spaces and fresh air, but it is impossible to practice safe social distancing with increasing visitor numbers.

“As an Authority, we will do all we can over the coming weeks to provide virtual access via our website, social media channels, podcasts and video to allow people to connect with nature and experience our National Park online. Visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales for more information.”

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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