2016 ~ Silver Anniversary Year ~ 2016
Friends of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park (FPCNP)
(Registered Charity No. 1012091)
Welcome to the Friends of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website
Who Are We?
The Friends was founded with an inaugural meeting on 18 May in 1991 and was established as an independent voluntary Society “to help to protect, conserve and enhance the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for all to enjoy”. We are now a registered independent voluntary charity whose stated aim is to help to protect, conserve and enhance the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, both now and in the future, whether they be living in the Park, working in the Park or just visiting the Park. We are founding members of the Alliance for National Parks Cymru & the Welsh National Park Societies. We also work with other groups who seek to conserve our countryside in England & Wales such as the Campaign for National Parks. More ‘Friends’ are needed to:-
help with conserving and enhancing Britain’s only Coastal National Park with 186 miles of coastal footpath,
ensure the conservation of wildlife habitats,
make it possible for you and many others to enjoy and value the Park now and into the future.
What do we do?
- support, encourage and co-operate with the National Park Authority in its statutory role
- seek to influence decision-makers on matters affecting the Park
- lobby, challenge and campaign for policies and decisions that would enhance the Park
- respond to Welsh Government & Local Authority consultations that could affect the Park
- liaise with other like-minded bodies to uphold the best interests of the Park
- help and assist other worthwhile projects, such as “Diversity Outdoors” and “Walkability“, which enable special minority groups and those with mobility difficulties to visit and enjoy the National Park
- provide support for exceptional projects such as the reinstatement of the Skokholm Bird Observatory and the restoration of the Pump House at St.Brides with its rare Tangye pump engine
- exhibit at other appropriate local events such as the Really Wild Food and Countryside Festival at St. David’s
- holds an Annual General Meeting to elect a Chairman, Officers and Executive Committee to guide the work of the Friends in the coming year.
We organise & undertake voluntary work parties
, usually every Tuesday, to restore & enhance the Park, a particularly valuable role in the aftermath of Winter storms. Such is the commitment of the members of the work parties with many hundreds of man days being volunteered each year that the Chairman of the National Park Authority met with the ‘team’ to express his appreciation to them personally and congratulated them for the ‘Invaluable work that they contribute towards the protection and enhancement of the National Park’.
Photograph accredited to Alan Mason
We arrange an events programme
- guided visits to places of special interest not always available to the general public
- special guided walks in various parts of the Park
- talks on current issues by experts in their fields
We run an annual Children’s Literary Competition about the National Park to encourage the younger generation (ages between 9 – 14) to become more involved in the Park. To see the most recent winner’s entries, go to Children’s Annual Literary Competition. We also co-produce, with the National Park, a Children’s “Time Travelling Adventure” booklet full of activities, facts, puzzles, and fun for those a even younger. This can be purchased for £1 (plus 50p post & packing) by going to items for sale. We also produce a regular colour magazine, “News & Views”, (usually twice a year) containing many lovely photographs and articles keeping members in touch with current topics of interest and activities going on in the Park. All these contributing to the life of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.