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:-
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’.
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, and to see the relevant Terms and Conditions for entry 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.
In addition to a bi-monthly electronic newsletter, 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.