Lux­ury log cab­ins to open next sum­mer

Caernarfon Herald - - LONDON BEAT -

A LUX­URY log cab­ins de­vel­op­ment in the heart of Snow­do­nia is set to open next sum­mer.

For­est Hol­i­days, who own the for­mer Eryri Forestry Park near Bed­dgel­ert, se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion in May from Snow­do­nia National Park Author­ity de­spite strong op­po­si­tion, in­clud­ing 200 let­ters and a 3,613-sig­na­ture on­line pe­ti­tion against the plan.

Now For­est Hol­i­days, which has nine sites across Eng­land and Scot­land, say work will get un­der way next month at the site and once open next sum­mer will bring £550,000 of in­vest­ment into the lo­cal econ­omy each year and gen­er­ate year-round jobs.

Jim Jones, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of North Wales Tourism, said: “With de­mand grow­ing for high­qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion in Snow­do­nia National Park, we are de­lighted to wel­come For­est Hol­i­days to North Wales.

“North Wales is a vi­brant and thriv­ing des­ti­na­tion with a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for in­spi­ra­tional and ex­cit­ing tourism ex­pe­ri­ences and I am con­fi­dent that For­est Hol­i­days will com­pli­ment and fur­ther en­hance this of­fer.

“This in­ward in­vest­ment into Snow­do­nia National Park will cre­ate an eco-friendly, nat­u­ral hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors, pro­vide jobs and con­trib­ute to the grow­ing visi­tor econ­omy of North Wales.”

For­est Hol­i­days say the cab­ins will blend into the for­est, en­hanc­ing the sur­round­ing wood­land, its wildlife and their habi­tats.

Bruce McKen­drick, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at For­est Hol­i­days, added: “Snow­do­nia National Park is a spec­tac­u­lar des­ti­na­tion and we are de­lighted that we will soon pro­vide a gate­way for our guests to ex­pe­ri­ence all that North Wales has to of­fer.

“Forg­ing strong and last­ing lo­cal part­ner­ships and con­tribut­ing pos­i­tively to the growth of ru­ral economies is fun­da­men­tal to why we ex­ist. It is im­por­tant that we are rooted in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and ac­tively en­cour­age our guests to ex­plore the lo­cal area.”

The 16 cab­ins will be built along­side 85 ex­ist­ing camp­ing pitches.

Sian Wil­liams, head of North West Wales op­er­a­tions for Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales, said: “One of our key roles is to man­age our en­vi­ron­ment in a sus­tain­able way to ben­e­fit wildlife, peo­ple and the econ­omy of Wales.

“Work­ing with For­est Hol­i­days, whose cabin lo­ca­tions are de­signed to pro­tect and en­hance their for­est lo­ca­tions, is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of this.

“This ex­cit­ing project is the first of its kind in Wales and is a great ex­am­ple of how we are re­al­is­ing our am­bi­tion to support the right de­vel­op­ment in the right places.”

● The type of cabin that will be built at Eryri Forestry Park in Bed­dgel­ert

● Jim Jones, MD of North Wales Tourism

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