The Gower Society promotes the landscape, nature and history of Gower to its residents, visitors and the world.
We work to protect and promote Gower by enhancing its diverse natural landscape and safeguarding its open spaces.
The Society was actually born on 23rd December 1947. It happened at Ael-y-Bryn, a large house in the Uplands district of Swansea, the home of Ernest E. Morgan, who had just retired from a very long and distinguished career as the Borough Architect of Swansea.
In violet ink, in the hand of David Bernard Rees, the occasion was put on record in a small brown book - The Gower Society - Minute Book: "It was decided to convert the group of researchers, formerly known as the Gowermen, into a Public Society. Mr. Ernest Morgan was elected Chairman, Mr. J.E. Rees, Librarian, Mr. D.B. Rees, Field Officer and Assistant Secretary and Dr. Gwent Jones Secretary." It was decided to draw up a draft of a letter to be sent to interested persons and to announce the inauguration of the Society at a lecture on Gower to be held at the Royal Institution of South Wales (Swansea Museum) on the 7th January, 1948.
- 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
- Protect the heritage of Gower, its landscape, its historical and its built environment
- Protect and enhance its diverse wildlife habitats, encouraging its rich animal and plant life
- Safeguard its rights of way and open spaces
- Ensure that its common land is kept free of encroachments
- Work with young people, adults, local communities and organisations in Gower
- Lobby for support for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Gower
How we do this
- Arrange about 100 events a year: including walks, talks, and folk dancing.
- Spend some £100,000 annually on protecting Gower, educational programmes, projects and grants
- Run Gower Society Youth Action, our young people group
- Discuss policy with local and national governments
- Respond to consultation documents
- Give annual Design Awards for good, sympathetic design
- Clear footpaths, including establishing the mid-distance footpath, The Gower Way
- Examine all planning applications for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Publish the annual Journal, Gower, and other books about Gower