By Glyn Morgan
Grazier, Mynydd y Gwair
Mynydd y Gwair [The Hay Mountain] lies about 8 miles north of Swansea, sometimes referred to as the “Mountains of the Mawr area.” Sited between Swansea and Ammanford. It consists of a vast area of beautiful open unenclosed upland pasture with significant grazing rights for local farmers and an oasis to wildlife of every form.
The land is designated as “Common Land” and the farmers and graziers as “Commoners”. The land however is owned by, the Duke of Beaufort of Badminton House, Gloucestershire.
The farmers and graziers depend on the common for grazing all year round with every flock of sheep and herd of cattle using their own unique area of grazing known as “SheepWalk” or “Arosfa” in Welsh. These are “Hefted” flocks and herds and their origins go back centuries. The rights to graze are historical, dating back to the “Statute Of Merton” of 1235 where the “Lord of the manor” was obliged to provide land for commoners’ rights.
The proposal to site a “Wind Power Station” in this
area would be devastating not only during construction, but forever! Hefted
flocks and cattle would be displaced from their historic areas thus causing a
“Domino Effect” on the other animals by pushing them off their areas.
The construction of the wind power station would
necessitate miles of hardcore roads to assist during the construction and for
the day-to-day maintenance of the turbines.