Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

Cofiwch Cofiwch Mynydd y Gwair!

There's a lot to remember in Wales - along with Tryweryn


This is an article kindly contributed by Ioan Richard a prominent, but now retired councillor from Swansea and a former mayor of that city.

Ioan’s article below draws attention to a travesty that has occurred on his doorstep, and it should be seared into the memory of our people, in the way that we remember the travesty of Tryweryn.

Despite 25 years of fighting, the residents finally lost their battle to save Mynydd-y-Gwair and with it their grazing rights to ancient land that has sustained them for centuries. In the process, a large chunk of our land in Wales has been taken away from us and decimated.

Even more importantly, the cultural and linguistic impact is even greater. This is on-going evidence of the way our identity, ancient language, way of life  and culture is being stolen away from us – in the name of progress and in the form of a scam, perpetuated by those whose political propaganda has convinced the people that we are on the brink of a global catastrophe through man-made global warming; but how many Welsh men and women in the street have heard about what is happening to us in our country? How many know the technicalities behind ‘renewable energy through wind generation’?

We need to ask ourselves a key question: “Who suffers and who profits from these actions?”.

Shouldn’t decisions about the use of OUR land be made by US in a sovereign free state, and not in a London office of a foreign power that controls us? The injustice of such affairs is a shocking reality, but ignored by the establishment and their mainstream propaganda news agencies.

Where is It & Who Owns It?


Mynydd y Gwair before trashing – my childhood small holding is at lower end of this photo

Mynydd y Gwair is a large  open access Upland Common in north Swansea which lies within the Lordhip of Gower. The Lord of Gower is the Duke of Beaufort of Badminton, Gloucestershire, an extremely wealthy non Royal Duke. Gower was a Marcher Lordship and has been held by the Normans since well before the 1282 final conquest of Wales. The Beauforts have been Lords of Gower, and a large portion of Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, and huge chunks of South Wales for half a millennium.  

Since just after WW2, this common land has been owned by the Beaufort Family Trust known as the Somerset Trust in what has been described as a form inheritance tax avoidance. There is uncertainty about this, as the terms of this Family Trust are unknown by the general public and only known to the Trustees and the Beauforts.

Mynydd-y-Gwair’s Historic Economic Contribution to Wales

Mynydd y Gwair has been an important part of the economy and Welsh culture of about eighty registered graziers, mostly Welsh speaking families for centuries. Of this eighty, about thirty were fringe farmers who held jobs in local coal mines etc and farmed a few acres to supplement their income. Most of these thirty no longer exercise their common rights. That left about fifty viable traditional Welsh speaking hill farmer families grazing suckler cow herds and largish sheep flocks in summer seasons.
That number of fifty has now dwindled to just about twenty larger farming family units – mostly Welsh speaking. These viable upland farms today have herds of at least a hundred suckler cows with calves and yearlings that are generally sold as “storers” for finshing for prime Welsh Beef. Similarly they generally have flocks today of about three hundred ewes with lambs that sell annually as fine Welsh lamb meat. These meat producers use Mynydd y Gwair for good “outby” summer grazing “arosfa or hefts” by ancient rights, during which time their “inby” fields grow the winter fodder of hay and silage and barley with swedes and rape for the livestock to fatten after spending summer out on the common. Very few grow any arable crops for the food market.

Welsh Speakers and Mynydd y Gwair

According to the 2011 Census, 23,990 of Powys residents speak Welsh from a population of 129,083, which accounts for 18.6% of the population. Also according to the 2011 Census, 26,532 of Swansea residents speak Welsh from a population of 239,023, which accounts for 11.10 % of the population.

Mynydd y Gwair is in the Mawr Ward of Swansea

The Mawr Ward is one of the most sparsely populated in Swansea.  Mawr has the highest proportion of Welsh language speakers (38% of those over three years old at the 2011 census). Mawr is the second largest ward in Swansea by land area.

The majority of the Hill Farmers in Mawr Swansea, around Mynydd y Gwair, speak and use the Welsh language in their daily lives and in their business dealings.

What Happened Over Twenty Years Ago?

Over twenty years ago a proposal came in to develop the Mynydd y Gwair common as a Wind Turbine Power Station.  There was a battle for over twenty five years where the graziers were well supported by local villagers and the wider world. There were many demonstrations and three Public Inquiries.
Eventually the third and final Public Inquiry resulted in a final defeat and last year (2018) saw the trashing of  Mynydd y Gwair. This has caused all sorts of difficulties for the graziers and a loss of a great scenic open landscape. The mountain has been utterly trashed and it is causing a fracture amongst the Welsh speaking community of upland Swansea.

Money Galore!

There is now money galore, coming from Renewable Energy Subsidies, much of which will line the treasure chest of the Beaufort family the wealthy feudal Lords of Gower. Some money is on offer for sustainable community ventures and some for the graziers for livestock management. Throughout those twenty five years most of the politicians, local and national (with a few rare exceptions), did nothing to save this Welsh speaking heartland. Indeed, they even urged its trashing and construction saying it would “save the planet!”.

A Technical Eye-opener That’s Not Advertised

The average rated output of this project will be just a tiny eight Megawatts for a National grid of 40,000 Megawatts. The national grid will soon have to be upgraded to a massive 100,000 Megawatts to power our electric vehicles and home heating etc in the promised zero UK Carbon balance by year 2050. Nobody is saying where the reliable energy will come from for 100,000 Megawatts, but they all claim that the tiny erratic eight Megawatts of Mynydd y Gwair will “save the planet”, as the Welsh traditions and language here are killed off. 

The question should have been asked twenty five years ago – “What planet are all these Politicians and One Planet Earthers on?”.

Ein Gwlad comment:

This example of decimation, and the pushing of people off the land (in exactly the same way as the ‘Summit to Sea’ project in Ceredigion), is brazen proof that the AGENDA 21 project is permeating down to communities all over the world, and not just in Wales.
Again, Agenda 21 is not something commonly known about by the public. It is probably one of the best kept secrets that’s in full view to us all. That is accomplished by the media blackout about it.
Before the usual suspects start to howl ‘conspiracy theory!’, We would remind you that this Agenda 21 programme is an action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is a product of the Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.
It is important that you familiarise yourself with what is actually going on, who are involved, and who are in line to make trillions from it.
A good place to start would be by viewing the video below:

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