Opposition against proposed Snowdonia hydro-electric scheme

The Woodland Trust says the iconic beauty spot in Snowdonia is under threat. Credit: Woodland Trust

A row is brewing over plans for a £12 million hydro-electric scheme near Betws y Coed in Snowdonia.

The scheme would involve abstracting water from the river above Penmachno bridge and diverting it through 1,000 metres of pipeline around the Fairy Glen before returning it to the river near the junction with the River Lledr.

Developers RWE Innogy say it would provide energy for around 2,700 homes.

But Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust, says nearby woodland would be affected.

"Ancient woods are our richest, most important sites for a vast range of insects, birds, animals, flowers and trees and are home to more threatened species than any other UK habitat.

"We simply cannot afford to lose them, and fencing off areas for natural regeneration can never compensate for their loss."

– Rory Francis, Woodland Trust