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Learn how the Gower Society has made a difference to Gower over the years.

2010 – present

2010

  • Concluded 2nd caravan site Public Inquiry
  • Took part in Mynydd y Gwair wind turbine Public Inquiry
  • Six Society nominations on Gower were awarded The Civic Trust for Wales Design Award
  • Responded to WAG Planning Enforcement System procedures consultation
  • Grant-aided coastal FP re-alignment at Slade
  • First opposed the Atlantic Array wind farm in the Bristol Channel
  • Continued to campaign against inappropriate signage in the AONB

2011

  • Published a series of cards depicting Edward & Iris Martin designs
  • Sent in responses to 147 proposed LDP Candidate Sites
  • Responded to Draft Design Guide
  • Opposed Mumbles Headland development
  • Awarded the Bowland Award by NAAONBs
  • Published DVD Walking with Flowers

2012

  • Supported Jubilee tree planting on Gower
  • Society is an active participant in the Gower Landscape Partnership
  • Society involved in filming of a BBC 4-part series on Gower
  • Society is represented at Jubilee Royal visit to Margam Park
  • Chairman is awarded MBE for ‘Services to community in Swansea’

2000 – 2009

2000

  • Published the Gabriel Powell Survey of Gower 1764 prepared by B.Morris
  • Published The Butterflies of Gower by Stewart & Grenfell
  • Gower Commons initiative started work on Gower Commons, with some grant-aid from the Society

2002

  • Gower Society Youth Action started
  • Began major sponsorship of The Gower Show

2003

  • Published Vernacular Gower
  • Joined the Lord Mayor’s Design Awards by sponsoring an annual Gower Vernacular Award
  • Grant-aided the production of a CD of Phil Tanner’s folk-songs

2004

  • The Gower Way route completed on the ground
  • Inaugurated the Society’s own Design Awards for sympathetic Gower design
  • Grant-aided reflective cattle collars as part of the Gower Commons Initiative

2005

  • Published a colour edition of The Castles of Gower
  • Began campaign to extend AONB into Upland Gower

2006

  • Played a major role in the Helwick bank sand dredging Public Inquiry
  • Protested against Cefn Gwrhyd wind farm development
  • Commenced twice-yearly aerial surveys over Gower
  • Participated in the Golden Gower exhibition at the R.I.S.W.
  • NAAONB Annual Conference held in Swansea
  • Published a colour edition of The Caves of Gower

2007

  • Involved in L.A. discussions regarding restoration of Oystermouth Castle
  • Published Swansea Bay-The Coastal Route
  • Published The Churches and Chapels of Gower
  • Published Gower in Focus by H. Grenfell
  • Took part in the Commons Registration Inquiry

2008

  • Published Edgar Evans of Gower by G. Gregor
  • Lord Mayor hosted reception for Society to mark its 60th anniversary
  • Published The First Sixty Years to mark the anniversary
  • Responded to draft AONB Lighting Guide consultation
  • Grant-aided N.T. Culver Hole restoration and work by C.C.W. at Oxwich

2009

  • Took part in 2 caravan site Public Inquiries
  • Published a revised edition of Rhossili by Robert Lucas

1990 – 1999

1990

  • First expressed concern at dredging at Helwick Bank
  • Gave a donation towards restoration of the J.D. Davies memorial stone
  • Campaigned against neglect of The Salthouse, Port Eynon
  • Contributed to Operation Fig Leaf to replace local storm-damaged trees

1991

  • Published Gower Walks by Ruth Ridge
  • Took Counsel’s advice again re: Airport development proposals

1992

  • First expressed concern at Mynydd y Gwair wind turbine proposals

1993

  • Donated money towards information panels for The Salthouse, Port Eynon and towards restoration at Cheriton Church

1994

  • Awarded Prince of Wales Award for educational / conservation work etc
  • Took Counsel’s advice yet again re proposed development at the Airport

1995

  • Expressed concern at the state of Whiteford Lighthouse
  • Organised and held Conference on AONBs The Way Ahead and published report on it

1996

  • Began campaign to save Whiteford Lighthouse
  • Following the Society’s success, the L.A. held its own Conference on AONBs, leading to the formation of the National Association of AONBs
  • Concern expressed at noise pollution

1998

  • The Society exhibition A Snapshot in Time toured locally
  • H.R.H. The Prince of Wales inaugurated The Gower Way
  • Published Old Gower Farmhouses and their Families by Bernard Morris
  • Started new Oral History Project
  • Presented replica set of bones of the Red Lady of Paviland to Swansea Museum

1999

  • Published a colour edition of A Guide to Gower

1980 – 1989

1980

  • Article 4 Directive came into force for AONB area

1981

  • Contributed to N.T. purchase of Coastguard Cottages at Rhossili
  • Published The Sea Beneath My Feet by Mansel Thomas
  • Published Noteworthy Gower Churches by Toft and Grenfell

1982

  • Society gave further grant to N.T. for Rhossili

1984/5

  • Fought Council’s attempt to extinguish rights / clauses of the Fairwood Airport Act

1985

  • Helped to purchase Overton Mere for Wildlife Trust

1986

  • Helped to purchase raised beach at Rhossili for the N.T.

1987

  • Published Sketches in Gower as part of the Society’s 40th birthday celebrations

1988

  • Campaigned to get replacement electricity lines underground

1989

  • Helped to purchase Common Wood, Llanrhidian for the Woodland Trust

1970 – 1979

1970

  • Published The Castles of Gower by Grenfell and Morris

1971

  • Opposed development on 150 acres of Clyne Common
  • Published The Caves of Gower by Grenfell and Morris

1972

  • Opposed plans for 128 chalets in Stembridge Valley and also to further plans for development on Clyne Common

1973

  • Opposed holiday camp plans for Ilston Valley

1974

  • Society made a further donation to Enterprise Neptune

1975

  • Published Gower Yarns by Cyril Gwynn

1976

  • Objected to plans for a children’s zoo and red deer breeding concern at Rhossili rectory

1978

  • Continued to fight local authority plans for Fairwood Airport

1979

  • Prince of Wales Award for conservation work on Port Eynon dunes
  • Society planted replacement trees at end of Vennaway Lane

1960 – 1969

1960

  • As part of the Gower Defence Union, resisted commercialisation of Gower bays
  • First Gower warden appointed

1961

  • Campaigned to get Pennard Castle repair underway

1962

Published The Plant Life of Gower by G. Goodman

1963

  • Ensured, and largely paid for, restoration of Pennard Castle
  • Purchased land between Port Eynon Point & Overton Cliff for Wildlife Trust
  • Published Swansea Bay to Worms Head

1964

  • Opposed the Sharp plan to treble the size of Port Eynon / Horton

1965

  • Published A Guide to Gower
  • Society unveiled memorial stone to Gwent Jones and Stephen Lee

1966

  • Lobbied to get Oystermouth Castle restored and re-opened
  • Worked tirelessly to register Gower Commons

1967

  • Lobbied to get sand, which had been taken from the Oxwich sand dunes, replaced

1968

  • Helped to purchase Gelli Hir Wood for Wildlife Trust
  • Opposed Rhossili cliff railway to beach
  • Objected to car parks at Cefn Bryn and Broadpool for 1,000 cars

1969

  • Objected to plans for six foot high chain link fence on west side of Cefn Bryn
  • Objected to continuing car parking on Rhossili raised beach
  • Opposed shooting range at Pembrey
  • First registered as a charity

1950 – 1959

1950

  • Oxwich Castle saved
  • Ensured that historic features of Cross Keys Inn, Swansea were safeguarded
  • Campaigned against bad housing design on Gower

1951

  • Published Gower Gleanings by H.M. Tucker of Overton
  • Organised a Gower exhibition at Swansea Museum for the Festival of Britain
  • Part-funded purchase of Bishopston Valley by The National Trust
  • Campaigned against sub-urbanisation of rural Gower
  • Published a special map of Gower (in sepia) by Robert May to sell at 4d

1952

  • Prevented clear-felling of much of Oxwich Woodlands including Nicholaston-Crawley Woods
  • Stepped up campaign for AONB designation for Gower
  • Published A Portrait of Gower by Evans and Gwent

1953

  • Continued to oppose tree-felling
  • Prevented setting up of Artillery Range on 7,300 acres at Salthouse Point
  • Fought off plans for entertainment park at Port Eynon

1954

  • Started fight to preserve commoners’ rights at Fairwood
  • Geographia map of Gower (approved by the Society) was published

1955

  • Prevented radar station with 450 ft. steel masts being built on Rhossili Down
  • Fairwood Airport Act named Society as important signatory
  • Further Swansea Castle repairs urged
  • Society re-launched Gower Protection Fund

1956

  • Gower designated AONB no. 1
  • Thwarted ‘unhealthy interest’ by Gower Beauty Parks Development Company for ‘entertainments’ at Oxwich, Horton & Port Eynon

1957

  • Prevented permanent ammunition dump on Mumbles Head
  • Campaigned to stop demolition of Swansea Castle; Swansea Castle Defence Committee formed

1958

  • Published a Caravans in Gower booklet

1959

  • Published Ten Walks in Gower by Morris and Lee

1947 – 1949

1947

  • First minuted meeting, when a group of researchers formerly known as The Gowermen were converted into a Public Society

1948

  • Inauguration of the Society at a lecture on Gower at the RISW
  • Campaigned for the upkeep of Oystermouth Castle
  • Prevented a large-scale holiday camp being built at Rhossili
  • First edition of Journal Gower was produced, as well as Footpath Map for Gower by Stephen Lee

1949

  • Started campaign to prevent Oxwich Castle being demolished to six feet
  • Started opposition to firing range at Penclawdd
  • Phil Tanner, folk singer, made an Honorary Life Member

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