The Gower Society was founded in 1947 by four enthusiasts, known as the Gowermen, as a history society. Its membership grew and very soon, the embryo society found itself fronting a campaign to halt the proposed building of a Butlin camp at Rhossili. And so, early on it also became a campaigning society.Today it has over 1600 members from all corners of the world. It is a registered charity (no. 258372) and continues to be run entirely by volunteers.

The Gower Society’s aims have changed little since 1947:

  • to encourage an appreciation of the unique qualities of Gower in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the whole of the lordship of Gower
  • to protect the heritage of Gower, its landscape, its historical and its built environment
  • to protect and enhance its diverse wildlife habitats, encouraging its rich animal and plant life
  • to safeguard its rights of way and open spaces
  • to ensure that its common land is kept free of encroachments
  • to work with young people, adults, local communities and organisations in Gower
  • to lobby for support for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Gower

How The Gower Society tries to do this :