An industrial heritage reclaimed by nature at Maes Mynan Park

Maes Mynan Park was once an old sand and gravel company and over the years, nature has reclaimed its territory, absorbing its industrial heritage wherever it can.

Now with a little helping hand and a dose of creative land management, Maes Mynan Park is evolving into a new era, embracing the land and location to accommodate tiered pitches for holiday homes, without disturbing the natural beauty of the location wherever possible.

By working with the land and what nature throws at it, we are creating parkland that is also a sanctuary for wildlife too. We are adapting to the changing climate, seasons, rains and droughts to manage the land in a way that capitalises on the wonders of this magnificent place.

That’s why Maes Mynan Park will always be a wonderful place to own a holiday home.

The old quarry conveyor belt and pumping works

Wild Garlic has taken back the pumping ironwork that was once made in Manchester. The old ironwork of a bridge that once conveyed sand and gravel for washing and the export, still stands upright in a beautiful leafy glade, a testament to a bye-gone era.

These lumps of industrial heritage have become surrounded by majestic ferns and greenery alongside the stream that flows first to Maes Mynan, Afonwen and then into the Afon Chwiler.

The old weighbridge and office

The old weighbridge fell into disrepair over the many years since the quarry’s closure in the 1990’s, with the gales of 2018 and early 2019 finally taking away its roof. Trees had long taken the doorways and windows and brambles crept inside to scramble over old paperwork left behind by the previous quarry owners.

Old washing bays

The washing bays uncovered at the entrance to Maes Mynan Park will be turned into parking bays with some TLC. Stonework undertaken by a local stone mason has transformed a messy inhospitable entrance into a welcoming opportunity for visitors to stand and stare at the beautiful panoramic views of the Clwydian Range, Chwiler Valley and Denbigh Moors. The new gates and stone wall entrance lends itself perfectly to the transformed landscape. Gone is the old sand and gravel quarry and waterlogged scrubland.

Turning the land from an old quarry back to parkland is a nod to the Royal Deer Park it once was in Medieval times.  

Peter has ensured through careful excavation (he thought he was on an archeological dig at times), retained and utilised many hidden buried industrial wonders left over from the land’s quarrying days, including an old buried entrance, tarmac car parks and concrete rafts – all of which have been absorbed by the new timber office at the entrance of the Maes Mynan Lodge Park.

Old eerie shed

The old eerie shed with pulleys, working bays and all the smells of an industrial past, has now been replaced, but not before nature tried to take back the old tin roof!

Old quarry pump houses

Old pump houses teeter on the edge of Maes Mynan Park, with trees growing through entrances and roofs. These buildings have over the years been used as target practice for air rifles, as well as canvases for budding graffiti artists! They will be removed when phase 2 of the Maes Mynan Park development starts. A bat house will be built in their place.

Maes Mynan Park is the ideal location for a holiday home. It offers a great range of outdoor activities on the doorstep and a base for exploring the many wonders of North Wales. The evolution from quarry to parkland to holiday park is a bit like the story of Beauty and the Beast. The Beast was the quarry, but the Beauty was always evident regardless of what happened to the land in the intervening years.

Location Location Location saved the day, ensuring that this magical place with stunning majestical views finally gets a make-over fit for a prince, the surrounding and resident wildlife and the natural wonders of this parkland’s heritage.

Come and take a look at the marvels of Maes Mynan Park yourself and see if it is a holiday home location of your dreams.

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