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Go behind the scenes at Brecon lock restoration

The lock was built over 200 years ago in the Brecon Beacons. Credit: Glandwr Cymru

This week, there is a rare opportunity for people to venture into a drained 200-year-old Welsh canal lock.

Glandwr Cymru, the Canal and River Trust in Wales, is inviting people behind the scenes as they carry out £30,000 of restoration and repairs to Lock 65, near Llangynidr in the Brecon Beacons.

As part of the charity's work to replace a one-and-a-half tonne lock gate, heritage and engineering experts will be giving guided tours from inside the lock, allowing visitors to see much of the original infrastructure and brickwork from when the canal was built over 200 years ago.

The work is part of the charity's five month £45m programme to look after 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across Wales and England.

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'Over 12 million' visit Wales' National Parks annually

Around 12 million people visit Wales' national parks each year, spending around one billion pounds in the process, according to a new report out today.

The 'Valuing Wales' National Parks' report found that 50 of our most visited attractions are in national parks, and concludes they have a huge impact upon the economy and the lives of people in Wales.


National parks 'an asset' to the nation and economy

Assembly Members from across the parties have expressed their support for the work of the three national park authorities in a 'statement of opinion' being raised at the National Assembly.

This National Assembly commends the work of our three National Park Authorities and recognises their significant contribution to the Welsh economy - estimated to be in the region of £1billion. We further acknowledge that the National Parks of Wales play a pivotal role in the economic development of their respective regions that extends far beyond their physical boundaries. The specialised and consistent approach to the management of these natural assets ensures their protection and sustainability for the enjoyment of both residents and the 12 million annual visitors.

– Assembly Members statement of opinion

This report makes for interesting reading and shows clearly what an asset the national parks are to the nation and our economy. Amongst the many positives that emerge from the report are the 12 million annual visitors - testament indeed to the popularity of the parks and their importance to the communities both within and beyond their boundaries. It is also a credit to the National Parks Authorities who play such an important role in making the visitor experience an enjoyable one.

– John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport

When people think of Wales' national parks, i'm sure that many images come to mind reflecting the geographical diversity of their respective landscapes - from the slopes of the Brecon Beacons and beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline to the heights of Snowdonia. But one thing, i'm sure, that we all agree on is that these areas of outstanding beauty symbolise the spirit of Wales - an inspiration for generations of writers, poets and artists.

– Aneurin Phillips, Snowdonia National Park Chief Executive

Wales' national parks attract 12million people a year

Snowdonia National Park is one of the three parks which attract visitors to Wales every year Credit: Neil Squires/Press Association

Around 12 million people visit Wales' national parks each year, spending more than £1billion, according to a new report being launched today.

The 'Valuing Wales' National Parks' report looks at the extent to which the Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast national parks impact upon the Welsh economy and the lives of people in Wales.

The three national parks, including Pembrokeshire Coast, employ more than 30,000 people within their boundaries Credit: Mike Fuhrmann/PA

Commissioned by National Parks Wales, the Welsh Local Government Association and Natural Resources Wales, the report will be officially launched at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay later today.

More than £1bn is spent in Wales' national parks each year. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive
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