On the 7th of October, the National Park Authority and Cyngor Gwynedd held an event at Plas Tan y Bwlch which bought health, history and art together in an unique fusion. The event featured the nature artist Tim Pugh and the historian Dr David Gwyn in a celebration of our region’s unique cultural heritage and deep connection to our biodiversity.

Nestling in the heart of Eryri, Plas Tan y Bwlch was the perfect location to host the event which aimed to foster an unique escape from every day life towards and foster a relationship with the mind, body and spirit.

The historical focus aimed at our slate industry heritage. The north west Wales region has a long and mythical history of mining and the remains are clear to see on the landscape. The historian gave a deep and interesting insight to the lives of those who worked in the quarries and the legacy they left behind.

In the afternoon, the gifted nature artist Tim Pugh led the attendees on an art workshop inspired by the stories of the slate industry of north west Wales. By using natural materials from the woodlands of Plas Tan y Bwlch the attendees created works of art which connected nature, history and art. This was an opportunity for the attendees to re-connect with nature, to reflect on the historical context of the region and express their creativity through art. It was a special day which reminded us that the landscapes of north west Wales is one that has been shaped for centuries.