Friends of the Coast National Park.

Pembrokeshire Coast path

Please note, we have attempted to re produce some of the highlights of the Friends latest newsletter. For more information, booking trips and for details that we have not had the space to publish here, please go to their website. It’s worth a longer read!

Friends of the Coast National Park have been hard at work making beautiful places more available and more visible, while having a great time together.

They have worked for three weeks at Tregynon , with another 5 or 6 weeks to go, and hope to see the path complete and the lime kiln and the associated buildings at Little Milford cleared of ivy. Nevern Church graveyard has been cleared and Monkstone Point, near Saundersfoot and maintenance and beach cleaning collected about 12 bags of rubbish.

Tree planting at Allt Fach in Lower Fishguard, and Allt Cilrhedyn, has added a total of 600 trees, a mix of holly, honeysuckle, oak, hawthorn, blackthorn, guelder rose, hazel, rowan and birch.

The group have had 2 trips to Stackpole. From King’s Mill Wood, near Castlemartin. They have planted willow near the bird hide at Gupton Farm which will grow and create a living hedge. They are hoping ,that in time, it will become a screen so the birds aren’t afraid of people going past the area to the hide.

The second trip at Stackpole involved clearing a slope at Cheriton Bottom Woods, ready for tree planting.
If you think you might like to get involved in the Work Party, please contact Vicky Pearson at

A group also enjoyed a wet walk along the invasion route out to
Carregwastad, visiting the surrender spot at Goodwick where they had lunch in the Royal Oak; visited Jemima’s gravestone and Fishguard fort.

Sarah Griffiths also delivered a talk covering a comprehensive tour
around Pembrokeshire and West Wales to over 34 impressed people.
Forthcoming Social Events, are available on the Friends website where you will find a lot more information. You are advised to check for additions and/or any changes. Please pre book where advised to do so. Usually if there is a deadline for booking it will be approximately three weeks ahead of the event.

Some of the events are listed below:

Pentre Ifan Walk – 6 Apr ’19

Pump House Running Demonstration – Monday 22 Apr

Historic tour of Milford Haven and Museum Visit – 24 Apr ‘19

Guided Visit to Ramsey Island – 15 May ‘19

Pump House Running Demonstration – Monday 27 May ‘19

St Brides Pump House Update ,explains that the group are waiting for the NPA to progress the bilingual interpretive panels, but are pleased that a shiny new (wooden) finger post is now in position to guide visitors to the Pump House. Chris and co continue to maintain the engine and the pump and several dates have been promulgated in Coast to Coast for the public to see the engine and the pump running. Two dates are shown in the Forthcoming Events, above and others are:
* Saturday 29th June
* Sunday 28th July
* August 26th (Bank Holiday Monday)
* Sunday September 29th
* Sunday 27th October
On these dates, the engine and pump will be running between 14:00 and
16.00. More details are here.


Some of the Members who have passed away are mentioned in the newsletter and more information about Bob Ashton or Heather Beaumont can be found on the website with some information about funerals.

A Letter from Jane Higham, in new Zealand expresses pleasure in being able to read about ‘home’ events while so far away.

Ged Davies is leading on the development of closer links to relevant organisations. The Friends are now seeking closer ties to the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership (PNP) which exists to co-ordinate, promote and record existing and new actions to conserve, promote and enhance nature in the County of Pembrokeshire including the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It is a partnership of organisations working together to improve local natural features.

The newsletter reports that “ Our work party delivers actions that support the PNP’s Nature Recovery Action Plan. The plan contains a lot of information on species, habitats and their condition. The PNP spring newsletter contains details of projects underway in the county and a list of events. It is hoped that, intime, the Friends will benefit from the additional information and event opportunities.”

Can you Help a Friend in Milford Haven?

A member who lives in the Milford Haven area and does not drive would like to attend more events but cannot get to them easily. Anyone who lives in the Milford area who may be willing to give her a lift should contact the Ian Pattinson. More details on the site.

John Ratcliffe Award Update

The details of the award were published in the last FNU and are now available to all, on the website

COASTodians Update : The recent Storm Freya gave the COASTodians of Freshwater West beach a lot of work to do. They rose to the occasion

70th Anniversary of National Parks – Photography Competition Results:

In the last issue of the FNU the National Parks’ photography
competition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Act of
Parliament was advertised. Of the 1,500 entries, two pictures of PCNP made it onto the shortlist of nine, though the eventual winner was from the Peak District. Large images and the full results can be found on the CNP website here:

The Authority has recently introduced a new electronic means of submitting and accessing planning applications. The new system can be accessed from this link:
The National Collection at Oriel y Parc.
For over ten years the Authority has worked in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museum Wales to bring the National Collection and in particular the works of Graham Sutherland to Oriel y Parc. The Authority and museum recently reached a new agreement that will see this partnership contnue for another 10 years.
Drinking fountain in the National Park:


The Authority has recently secured funding from Visit Wales to introduce a number of water drinking fountains across the National Park, which will hopefully lead to a reduction in single use plastic and litter.

100 Club:
The February and March draws took place on completion of the Exec Meetings in the Mariners, The winners are below:

The February Draw Winners (drawn out by Ian Pattinson):

1^st Prize Pauline Campbell £35
2^nd Prize Graham Morgan £17
3^rd Prize Pamela James £7

The March ’19 Draw Winners
(drawn out by Dorothy Huthwaite):

1^st Prize Ian Pattinson £35
2^nd Prize Anne Ball £17
3^rd Prize Steve Drinkwater £7

As ever, remember the 100 Club is open for anyone to join – you do not
have to be a member of FPCNP.

Competition Time

No one answered the question, ‘what is this?’ successfully in January The answer is, a sea bean, also known as a drift seed or drift fruit. Most are produced by tropical trees, and they can drift for thousands of miles. This is how previously barren islands now have trees and plants on them. Scientists study them to better understand ocean currents.

Mar ’19 Competition

The group are offering another chance to grab a £10 Tesco Voucher And the clue is, Anne took this in her backgarden! The answer is not grass!! Please go to the website for for information.

Policy and Planning Bit (Gus Stott)

The team report that Citizen science has been in full swing during the winter months as over a hundred volunteers have braved the elements to collect water samples along the Milford Haven waterway. This was part of the SWEPT (Surveying the Waterway Environment for Pollution Threats) project which aimed to identify and test pollution sources along the Cleddau. Volunteers patrolled 46 stretches of the waterway and tested the water inputs four times over the winter . They tested for nitrates and phosphates. Canoe have been able to sample the most inaccessible and a detailed map is now being drawn up. This should provide the basis for much more targeted action to tackle pollution and to address the (failing) overall water quality in this part of the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation. Sue Burton, who spoke at our last AGM, has run this original and engaging project.

Please go to the website for the full newsletter. To contribute to the next edition, simply send Ian Pattison an email:
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Or Call on: 01239 821631

Or write to:
Ian Pattinson,
Dan Y Mynydd,
Tregynon Cottages,
Gwaun Valley,
Pembrokeshire, SA65 9TU

The full 2019 Programme can be viewed on the website

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