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Snowdonia National Park T he history of Snowdonia national park falls into three periods. Between 1951 and 1974 it was very much a period of finding its feet and seeing how the work of the organization developed over these years, when it was important to gain the goodwill of the local community and local organizations. Some objected to the word "national" and others to the inclusion of non elected members. In the austere post war era economic development was a priority, and the decisions made in this period reflect those times. Young people back from the armed services became disillusioned and moved away. This was a great time of expansion in the motor industries in the midlands. The 1974 local government reorganisation presented and opportunity for change and the national park became a department of Gwynedd County Council. This period was one of building on the work that had been done in previous years. ...read more.


2001 In 2001 the park was 50 years old, but the celebrations were muted as the dreadful foot and mouth disease once again posed a treat to farmers. Visitor numbers fell drastically as foot paths were closed to halt the spread of the disease. When the four footpaths reopened in May there was much rejoicing as the spread of the foot and mouth slowed down, and by early June all access was restored to the park. The fiftieth anniversary was celebrated by the refurbished information centre at Betws Y Coed which was opened on the 18th of October 50 years to the day the park was born. The aims and objectives of Snowdonia National Park is to help address the problems of agriculture- which is going well with the completion of a four year project, encouraging farmers to restore landscape features such as stone walls and traditional buildings, and protecting and enhancing specific wildlife habitats, such as moorland and native woodland. ...read more.


In determining the amount of the grant, the Assembly also determines the minimum about that can be raised by the National Park Authority for the financial year by way of levies to be borne by constituent Councils (billing Authorities) The grant represents 75% of the total net revenue expenditure deemed appropriate by the Assembly for the National Park, while the remaining 25% is raised by the way of levies. (www.Snowdonia-npa.gov.uk) In addition to this funding the Authority receives income from fees and charges for services and received grants and contributions from other bodies and organisations. Capital expenditure in the year amounted to �587k. The expenditure in the year was financed by: * National Assembly grant- 220k * Direct revenue funding -141k * Capital receipts - 49k * Other bodies - 177k One thing is certain. Snowdonia National Park Authority has a vital role to play in the future of the area and will become increasingly important as it moves towards its centenary. 1 Outdoor Education Country Walks Rhys Hardy ...read more.

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