A voluntary group has a host of plans to improve a popular beauty spot in Llandudno – Happy Valley. Parts of the Happy Valley have been neglected in recent years, and this group is working to find a way of repairing and restoring a water feature that is known to locals as The Cascade.
The groups also want to help restore the Colonnade, a Victorian covered walkway which links the Valley to the town and open up the are around Elephant’s Cave to provide a picnic spot for families in the future, adding a wonderful and relaxing area for visitors and locals to relax during nice weather.
Cost is currently the biggest constraint involved with restoring the area, but the Friends group is willing to undertake much of the work themselves. There are several costs involved with replacing the pumps of the fountain, as well as replacing the water feature, which could cost up to £30,000. The group are initially set to repair the pumping system, where they will have to do so without using systems that could harm the frogs and toads that live in the environment.
The friends group have been successful is getting electricity laid on to the Alice and Wonderland bandstand, which opened last year. Although some people have feared that this will mean things like rock concerts will be on a lot near there homes, this has been outlined as not the intention.
“Events will be properly controlled and regulated. The first will be performances by a choir called Sound and Motion who will appear there on June 28 starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm with a lunch break in between” said Gerry Sweeney, the Friends chairman.
At Elephant’s Cave the group plan to clear away undergrowth from a flat area in front of the large cavern and put picnic tables there.
“We want to see families using the park more, and parents could sit at the tables while their children explore the cave,” he added.