The Moelyci Natural Heritage Initiative
Bringing back into economic, social and
community use a substantial barn building complex.
Moelyci de-bouldering the barn floor. photo ©CCW
Moelyci Environmental Centre was established in 2003 by a group
of enterprising local people prepared to take risks.
At stake was the future prosperity of a rare Welsh upland sheep
farm set in the heart of Gwynedd, North Wales. No longer viable as
a tenanted sheep farm, “Moelyci’s” was to be sold and developed as
a holiday home complex.
Such a fate would have intruded on the social fabric of the
villages dotted around the farm and threatened the delicate balance
of the farmland’s rich biodiversity - so important that 250 of its
340 acres now have SSSI and SAC European status.
“As local people we believed we could breathe new life into the
farm and our local community. If we could acquire Moelyci, conserve
its priceless natural heritage and manage the land sensitively we
could create a vibrant future for Moelyci where environmental up
skilling could be established alongside real opportunities for
volunteering and employment.”
Modernising the barn complex will develop:
- a modern, well equipped All Weather Visitor/Community Centre
which will allow Moelyci’s environmental, volunteering, coaching
and upskilling programmes to be expanded in response to a proven
need and to provide Community Meeting Rooms for free use or hire
(according to status).
- a venue for local rural craft proffessionals to hire for
running courses and workshops to benefit people wishing to gain a
closer appreciation of countryside skills and their application to
the natural environment.
- energy efficient space and thermal heating sources for the barn
complex itself and Moelyci farmhouse through the installation of
solar and pv panels, a field sited wind turbine and a wood burning
boiler. These will also act as educational demonstrators in the use
of renewable sources of energy.
- an exhibition area telling Moelyci’s and the local community’s
natural, industrial and social history incorporating research by
local children and young people gathering oral and visual histories
from older residents of the area.
- workshop space for community based Moelyci social enterprise
projects to stimulate community businesses and social