‘Dawn on the Great Orme’ … Pen & Wash – WHB – 2017
THE GREAT ORME
In the dewy dawn Atop the Orme Pen y Gogarth Viking Sea Monster Proud promontory Welsh trees Swept By Irish winds Farmer And sheepdogs Treading The Trust’s territory Toiling to Keep faith with Our heritage Husbanding The headland Midst these Stalwart Tenacious Welsh warriors Bowed But not defeated Forever Battling Tempting The wind’s torment All Inherent Parts of This heroic Habitat
NOTES: The Great Orme (Pen y Goggarth in Welsh), named originally by the Vikings as ‘Sea Monster’, is a massive limestone headland which dominates the view from Llandudno on the North Wales coastline. It is a wildlife paradise, now designated as a National Country Park and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Heritage Coast.
Its varied features include rich heathland, limestone grassland and woodland, sheer sea cliffs, all habitats which support flora and fauna unique to this area. Rarely seen choughs . and the very rare spiked speedwell are found here, as well as the silver-studded butterflies, which can be found only here on the Great Orme. It is the home also to the fearsomely-horned wild Kashmir goat, as well as a large flock of sheep.
The National Trust has recently acquired Parc Farm here and its grazing rights across the headland. A tenant farmer has now been installed to oversee the protection of the Great Orme’s fragile landscape and the threatened rare plants, insects and wildlife.