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Dark Sky award for society's bright sparks.

LAST week the Campaign for the Protection for Rural Wales (CPRW) Brecon and Radnor Branch presented its 2015 Rural Wales Award A to the Brecon Beacons Park Society in recognition of the enormous task required in gaining International Dark Sky status for the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Hosted by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority at the National Park Visitor Centre, Lt Colonel (retd) Mike Lewis, the High Sheriff of Powys, presented the award to Jim Wilson, chairman of the Park Society, who accepted the highly coveted accolade which recognises the vital role the society played in helping the Brecon Beacons National Park gain International Dark Sky Reserve status.

On accepting the award, Jim Wilson, chairman of the Brecon Beacons Park Society, said: "The Park Society is delighted to accept this award. We are committed to the International Dark Sky Reserve and today is an important day for us all.

Not only does it recognise the pivotal role the Park Society played in achieving this status, but also how our work has encouraged others to do the same. Snowdonia National Park Authority is currently applying for the status and we have celebrated the news that our neighbours in the Elan Valley are now an International Dark Sky Reserve - further international recognition for the quality of Wales' Dark Skies!" Peter Seaman, chairman of the Brecon and Radnor Branch of CPRW said: "On behalf of CPRW, I am enormously proud to present this award to the Brecon Beacons Park Society. Supported by the National Park Authority, the Park Society has delivered outstanding work and leadership in achieving and driving forward the International Dark Sky Reserve. Their overall approach was a collaborative one which has had enormous benefits for the surrounding area and environment, and this has left a great impression on CPRW. We look forward to their work on the next chapter of Dark Skies."

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Jim Wilson, chairman of Brecon Beacons Park Society, Lt Colonel (retd) Mike <B Lewis, the High Sheriff of Powys, and Peter Seaman, chairman of the Brecon and Radnor Branch of CPRW

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 17, 2015
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