Old Quarry to parkland at Maes Mynan Holiday Park
Maes Mynan Park is the name we have given to the old quarry site that was once called Maes Mynan Sand and Gravel Quarry Afonwen, Caerwys, Flintshire in North Wales.
The site has not been a working quarry since the 1990’s and had been left to wrack and ruin ever since. What that meant in reality, was the unmanaged land became overgrown, water logged and even the once healthy ponds started to become silted up with willow and alder creeping further and further into the water.
This had the effect of decreasing the pond life and although previously a thriving environment for newts and other amphibians, DNA analysis of the ponds confirmed that the Great Crested Newt had moved on.
Although we purchased the land in late 2015, Peter’s plans for the site goes back 25 years. His vision was always to upgrade and share the land with others, but in a sympathetic way that worked with the location its natural environment, to offer holidaymakers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the site, as well as connect with nature and the great outdoors.
Peter believed it was always important to work with the land and its contours to present a prestigious holiday destination in Flintshire, where open spaces and panoramic views offered rewarding downtime opportunities for holiday home owners in an idyllic location within easy reach of the main North Wales road networks.
Planning permission was finally granted for the conversion of the old Maes Mynan Sand & Gravel Quarry to a mixed use leisure and holiday park in May 2018.
As an old sand and gravel quarry, Maes Mynan Park has three lakes, all having formed in the pits that were excavated for sand and gravel. When construction work started we unearthed plenty of sand as well as a raft of evidence of the quarry industry! In fact, Peter felt that he was on an archeological dig at times because of the amount of concrete he exposed around the entrance gateway, old weighbridge and the sand rinsing and loading bays. However rather than discard these, Peter has worked them to his advantage, utilising the history of the quarry. In other words, he has chosen to work with what the land throws at him.
The concrete that was once buried under brambles and formed part of the raft of the weighbridge and old office are now the new office foundations (enhanced of course), whilst the washing bays have been adapted for parking for visitors at the holiday park entrance. Another area we exposed was a tarmaced area that was once used for parking along the roadside and weighbridge office but had been turned into a fly tipping area that required addressing.
Peter also found within the site great boulders, many of which broke up when moved because of the shale they were made from. However one huge rock stands stoically just inside the lodge park gateway opposite the office as a symbol to the previous geology of the land.
The old fence line has been replaced with a stone wall, built by local stonemasons, and we have managed to retain two very regal looking conifers at the entrance, that have been landmarks of the site for many many years. With careful pruning and maintenance they really suit the location, even though they are not native trees to the area and the birds love them!
Nature has reclaimed much of the old quarry site and we will be retaining many of the bramble areas that have taken over so that holidaymakers can forage for blackberries in late August and September. In addition there are two conservation Zones that will be managed with the help of Mandy Cartright of ARC.
Maes Mynan Park is spread over approximately 90 acres, which has allowed us to sympathetically split the holiday park into three distinctive zones with a 4th planned for eco-glamping at a later date.
It means that all holidaymakers have their own distinct areas. The first phase of the Maes Mynan Park development is the lodge park around two of the three lakes, with wonderful views across the Clwydian Range. Some of the holiday lodges will sit on terraced bases to maximise the stunning panoramic views. The first of these bases will be available from September 2019.
The second phase will be the development of the static caravan holiday park. This area is across the road from the office, with a separate entrance, in another part of the former quarry site that once belonged to Peter’s grandfather. This part of the site has old brick and tin quarry buildings still standing. These will be removed. Terracing will be introduced to create spacious static caravan pitches that again maximise the views of the Clwydian Range. This area will be surrounded by woodland and nature too. The static caravan holiday home pitches will be available for the 2021 season.
The third phase of the Maes Mynan Park development will be some time after the second phase. The Maes Mynan Touring Park will have a separate entrance too and will sit in a wooded enclave within the site area with open spacious pitches adjacent to an amenity field that sits adjacent to woodland. Connecting with nature will be easy as the touring park will have access to a nature adventure trail within one of the Maes Mynan Park conservation areas.
Lots to look forward to at Maes Mynan Park and if you would like to come and see this magical place, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you.