On the evening of 4 July, presenter and naturalist, Iolo Williams led a guided walk from the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Visitor Centre to inspire Welsh learners with a love of the natural world.
The event was organised by Menter Iaith, which provides Welsh language initiatives, working to promote and support the use of the Welsh language in the community. 35 Welsh learners joined the walk which took in breath-taking views of the Central Beacons mountain range. Walkers were delighted by sightings of two hares playing, the airborne song of the skylark and a rare sighting of a lone curlew.
The Welsh Government has a long-term vision to see the Welsh language thriving, with a million people able to speak Welsh by 2050. With over 582,000 Welsh speakers and tens of thousands of people learning, the Welsh language offers an educational, cultural and employment advantage to all learners.
Iolo Williams said, “We walked around Traeth Mawr and Traeth Fach with the Welsh learners. What an unforgettable evening! The group were really amenable and we saw all sorts of wonderful wildlife. The staff of the National Park were superb!”
Jodie Bond, Public Affairs Manager for the National Park, said “We are committed to seeing the Welsh language thrive in the National Park and hope to be able to work closely with Menter Iaith again in the future. It was wonderful to welcome so many people to our visitor centre and to see them enjoying the landscape through the Welsh language.”
For more information about the work of Menter Iaith, please visit: https://mentrauiaith.cymru/