With conservation and sustainable tourism at the top of their agenda, staff throughout the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority have worked with Eryr Ltd – an Aberystwyth based company specialising in innovative web design – to create an impressive new website, making it more attractive and accessible to a wide and varied audience.
The new website – which remains at www.breconbeacons.org – now has even more information about the National Park, providing clear and helpful guidance about its planning, visitor and education services, as well as sustainable tourism, biodiversity, guided walks and events.
As well as a huge amount of additional information and guidance, visitors to the site will discover some exciting new features including regular live weather updates and long range forecasting, interactive mapping facilities, online planning information and local community news.
Project leader, Paul Funnell, IT Manager for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority, is thrilled with the results. “This project has been a huge collaborative effort and a great achievement for all our officers, as well as our partner organisations, who have been involved in driving the project forward.
“I am sure that visitors to the site will appreciate its modern design and user-friendly navigation, as well as the wealth of new information and guidance it now provides. All kinds of people will be using the site, from residents, local businesses and schools, to visitors from across the world, and our challenge has been to deliver the right site for all of them. We are confident that we have risen to that challenge.
“So far, we have received some very positive comments of support to host more community based interaction, so one of our short term goals is to create a new community web page for all our National Park communities to utilise for their information and events.
“We look forward to receiving as much feedback as possible and carrying out regular consultation exercises to enable us to continue to improve the services we provide, particularly our online communications.”
Matthew Webster, founder of Eryr Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been asked to work with Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority on this very exciting project. Their vision was to create a unique experience on the web where visitors, residents, employees and partners could access a range of information services in an accessible and sustainable way through the internet.
“By deploying elements of our SmartPortal framework, we were able to meet their exacting standards for precision and quality and we are very much looking forward to hearing the users’ reactions.”
Christopher Gledhill, Chief Executive for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said: “This web site will be a vital asset for the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park and we hope that it will support and build many lasting relationships with our local communities, tourism businesses, residents and visitors to the area.”