Stop littering Snowdonia with memorial plaques, park authority says

Stop overloading Snowdonia with memorials to loved ones who died, a national park has said.

The Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) spoke out after a plaque reading “Love You Always” appeared on Crib Goch, an infamous ridge atop the 1,085-metre (3,550-foot) peak in North Wales.

The agency fears that leaving the plaque in place will encourage others to pay tributes in the national park, which will have “significant” impacts on the landscape.

An SNPA spokesman said: “The National Parks Authority understands that people can form a special bond with places and that friends and family may wish to honor the memory of loved ones by placing a plaque or memorial in a specific location.

“The Parks Authority receives many requests for plaques and monuments, but as the cumulative impact on the landscape would be significant, particularly in popular areas, the Authority cannot support such requests.

“As an alternative to traditional plaques, we have received grants for work on footpaths, gates and benches in recent years. We think this is an appropriate way to commemorate loved ones.”

If the families of people commemorated with mountain honors can be identified, they are asked to remove plaques and memorials. Others are taken down by SNPA employees if the family cannot be located, the agency warned.

The SNPA has previously discouraged mourners from scattering ashes at the summit and surrounding areas.

“However well intentioned, ash distribution is problematic as it can disturb others nearby and we have received many complaints from the public in the past,” the SNPA said in 2018.

“From an ecological point of view, the soils of the areas are low in acidity and the spread of calcareous materials will lead to changes in the existing soils and therefore in the natural ecosystems.” Stop littering Snowdonia with memorial plaques, park authority says

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