Recap – The SSSI, RAMSAR, Cors Crymlyn SAC …… known more commonly as Crymlyn Bog, is Wales’s largest wetland (peatland) site, providing an extremely important habitat for rare and threatened Flora & Fauna. It is a large area of 300 Hectares ( 3 million square metres).
Running North to South down the Bog is the Glan-y-Wern Canal, completed in 1790 it preceded the Tennant Canal by almost 50 years and this was what George Tennant leased, and extended to become the Tennant Canal. It is possible that there was an even earlier canal based on Clawdd y Saeson (Englishman’s Ditch) – but facts are unclear, though barge remains have been found in Clawdd y Saeson. https://tennantcanal.wales/index.php/brizy-15/the-canal/
However, it has been ignored for many decades, really since canal traffic ceased in 1936 and is in a very poor state, overgrown with NNS (Non Native Species), and trees which are blocking the normal draining function of the bog.
As a results the bog has become overwetted and the choking of natural species is preventing the laying down of new peat.
The Bog wobbles underfoot due to there being several metres of peat, and such sites are named ‘quaking bogs’ and are of such importance that the EU has provided a large grant of money (€5m) to undertake important maintenance of this ecologically important site.
There was an update meeting for Stakeholders held on 4th May (Star Wars day), and Rick Hughes of the TCA was there to participate.
Outline of some of the key planned activities.
The TCA will continue to engage with this important project.
N.B. Just as an interest pub quiz item – the Bog is technically not a Bog it is a Fen …. as it has incoming & outgoing water sources. It was originally a tidal inlet that covered the whole valley. Perhaps, one day it will be renamed Crymlyn Peatland.
For more information on the Bog –
Details on the project are on NRW site
Save The Tennant Canal | Made for The Community*
*By local tech Steve Thomas who gave his time and skills for free to help save the canal.