With the Beacons at their best during spring and the Park’s residents with time on their hands as a result of the lockdown, the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority is giving them an opportunity to write about their local area in Welsh. In order to celebrate the wonder of the landscape and local wildlife during June the National Park Authority is keen for residents of all ages to compete in Welsh.
The Authority would like to hear why a small corner or the whole of the Bannau Brycheiniog is special. We know that local areas are important to residents and this is an opportunity for us to hear more about what makes them their special. Competitors are invited to express this in a short piece between 50 and 500 words which can be a poem, a blog or facebook post, an essay or a postcard. Those who come first, second and third in different age categories will win gift vouchers of various values between £50 and £15 to be exchanged for a beautiful item of craft or other item from the National Park Visitor Centre near Libanus.
Councillor Edwin Roderick, Welsh language champion for the National Park Authority said: “Despite these dismal times brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to stay home we have been fortunate enough to enjoy the Park awakening from Winter’s hibernation to the glory of Spring. We, in the National Park Authority are looking forward to reading descriptions written in Welsh by residents of all ages and to present prizes to the winners.”
The competition is open to Welsh speakers of every age and learners. The categories are: over 25 years; 18 – 25 years; 11 – 18 years; under 11 years and learners. The important details are that entries should be sent to: WelshLang@beacons-npa.gov.uk or in the post to: Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority,Plas y Ffynnon,Cambrian Way, Brecon,Powys LD3 9TW noting the category and the contact details by 30 June 2020.
Whether residents are longing during lockdown or loving lockdown the National Park Authority is keen for people to connect with the environment and their local area by participating in this Welsh writing competiton.