GRANT FUNDING SECURED TO ENHANCE ANCIENT HILLFORT

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Artist unnamed - An artist’s impression of how Pen Dinas used to look

Calls have been made for residents to get involved in a community project to enhance the Iron Age hillfort at Pen Dinas.

Cambrian News reported “Grant funding for improvements to Pen Dinas, near Aberystwyth, has been successfully secured by Ceredigion County Council following work on the scheme by Penparcau Community Forum.

The community-led bilingual heritage and environment initiative, will be framed around the Pen Dinas hillfort and Local Nature Reserve site, exploring its heritage, culture and environment.

£25,000 funding has been secured from the Welsh Government, with a feasibility study and a “never been done before” community geophysical survey of the site taking place.

The funding will also go towards designing and developing signage and benches for the site, and creating a ‘history and heritage’ centre space focusing on the hill fort and the village of Penparcau, including digital signage, ‘heritage stations’ and visitor and educational packs.

Cash will be used to increase access to the site, to allow more visitors.

A council spokesperson said: “The project will provide greater access to a site of historical importance, namely Pen Dinas hillfort, local nature reserve and scheduled ancient monument.

“It will also improve links to the Ystwyth and Rheidol cycle trails, the Ceredigion and All Wales Coast Path and other local amenities and attractions.

“Improving the path width and surface will increase access to a wider cross-section of residents and visitors and target current barriers to the countryside.”

To express an interest to be involved in the project or to receive further information, email Eifion.Jones@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01545 570881″ here.

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