Aims and Objectives - Conservation and Volunteering in Wales

ABC’s purpose is to help support the local community and to encourage appreciation of the contribution that vernacular architecture has made over time – encapsulating the skills and history of generations of hill farmers, how they lived their lives and created a community around themselves. ABC will focus on buildings that are generally not listed, but which represent the built form within the landscape developed by people and activities that have defined the area and given it its character.

ABC’s objectives are to preserve for the benefit of the people of Carmarthenshire and Powys, Wales and of the Nation, the historical and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Carmarthenshire and Powys in buildings (including any structure or erection and any part of a building as so defined) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.

ABC’s aims are to

  1. Preserve and restore ancient and historic, principally, vernacular buildings
  2. Work with local Communities to identify buildings at risk
  3. Identify with local communities opportunities for preservation, interpretation and regeneration, and any other activities in support of the charity's objects

During 2017 ABC ran a series of community events and workshops as part of our Grass Roots Heritage Project.  These events were focused around Myddfai and Llanddeusant in the north-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The many abandoned traditional buildings which came to light during our Historic Landscape Mapping Programme, helped to inform the focus of the workshops and events throughout the year.

The last year has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate and share this very local heritage. It’s been really good to take time to appreciate some of the fascinating hidden histories which are right on our doorsteps, but which are often overshadowed by ‘big heritage’ like castles and stately homes. Our community events meant we met lots of new people and were able to provide support and advice about looking after older buildings that survive in this part of rural Wales, and also hopefully inspire those involved in the project about the rich cultural heritage that these small abandoned buildings represent. Adfer Ban a Chwm worked with over twenty volunteers who helped to record some of the buildings identified through our mapping programme, and talked to many local people throughout the project and at our five key events.

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Felin Uchaf, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, Carms. SA19 9UH
helenw@abcwales.org.uk

Charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company no 6591116. Charity no 1124385