Cynefin Cymraeg / Welsh in its Habitat - increasing the use of Welsh in the outdoor activity sector
This summer two of the region’s Mentrau Iaith, working jointly with Partneriaeth Cwm Idwal Partnership are arranging a series of field trips with the aim of increasing the confidence of Welsh speakers in the outdoor and environmental sectors to use their language skills at work.
Between June and the end of September this summer Partneriaeth Cwm Idwal, a partnership created between The National Trust, Natural Resources Wales and Snowdonia National Park to conserve and manage the Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve will lead four field trips to Cwm Idwal. The themed walks will include biodiversity, geology, names of features and places on the Cwm Idwal landscape and the impact of tourism on Cwm Idwal.
The field trips are aimed at individuals who work, are self-employed or volunteer in the outdoor or environmental sectors and who live in the counties of either Conwy or Gwynedd.
Guto Roberts, warden with Partneriaeth Cwm Idwal explained: “Both outdoor and environmental sectors are growing, it’s vital that we have enough people working in those sectors who not only speak Welsh but also use the language on a daily basis in their work.
“Cwm Idwal offers itself as the perfect outdoor classroom for us to interpret aspects of landscape, botany, wild-life and linguistic heritage to individuals who work in the environment in this part of Snowdonia.”
Menter Iaith Conwy and hunaniaith, the Menter Iaith in Gwynedd, are promoting the field trips.
Ifan Llewelyn Jones, Language Development Officer with hunaniaith said: “One of the Mentrau Iaith’s objectives is to encourage Welsh speakers to make more use of the language in the work-place.”
Meirion Davies, Chief Officer at Mentrau Iaith Conwy added: “Menter Iaith Conwy has worked for years to increase the number of Welsh speakers working in the outdoor sector, these walks will be an excellent opportunity for individuals to further develop their confidence, vocabulary and appetite to use the Welsh language in their work.”
If anyone who works or volunteers in the outdoor or environmental sectors, lives in the counties of either Conwy or Gwynedd would like more information they should contact Guto Roberts by email on Guto.Roberts@nationaltrust.org.uk.