Protecting the Place Names of Wales

Following names along the Anglesey Coastal Path

The Society has been asked to provide advice and support to Anglesey Council officers, north Wales Coastal Path officers at Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Friends of the Path on Anglesey.

The Friends intended to place poles along the Path so that the public could give their location when contacting the emergency services. Each sign bears a national grid number and also the number given to the pole and spot. The Path is divided into sections and colour coded.

The emergency services do not need the place-name as this will be of no practical use to them. But there was an opportunity to add a local name to create interest and to raise awareness of place-names. What a good idea. Creative and innovative. This is setting a pattern on Anglesey, one that can be repeated on another section of the Path.

We took advantage of our GIS mapping link with NRW to create a small project linked to our digital map. This allowed us to see on one map, our names, the Path, and the names suggested by the Friends. This made the job much easier. Gruff Owen and Sioned Jones are passionate about retaining names and can see the benefits of working together. They set to work right away. It involved considerable research, as there were very few place names on the initial list.

Here’s the map as it is on the Friends of the Trail website. Go to the second map. Enjoy.