How Has Snowdonia adapted to the Covid 19 pandemic and What steps are they taking for the future.
Snowdonia is a National park in North Wales. It has 26,000 residents and 823 square miles of scenery. The area has the largest mountain (mount Snowdon) and the largest lake (Llyn Tegid) in Wales and is one of 15 national parks in Britain. So, how has Snowdonia dealt with a pandemic and what steps are in place to show that visitors can visit the area? During 2020, Snowdonia National Park had record number of visitors, done by following government guidelines, and by putting new systems in place for the area to thrive.
One of these was a system that could look at the number of visitors for the area. This was done by using a parking app called just park, where visitors could pre book a slot using this app or on the website.
This was to stop Snowdonia becoming overcrowded. Meaning that the guidelines could still be followed, with visitors still having a safe and enjoyable stay. The software was made in just a few weeks and was ready to be used by the public in Easter of 2020. This is a busy time of business in the year for Snowdonia.
The National park aims to offer activities for understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the park by the public. Snowdonia also Looks after the economic and social features of local communities within the park. It aims to keep its 26,000 residents safe and happy whilst keeping the profits of having visitors. Snowdonia has put in place projects that aim to educate younger people and children about the ecology, aquatic life, and the natural environment of the Area. One of these projects is the Life Dee hatchery Project.
This project was in place so that people could see live hatchings of Trout online. Using a live feed, as this would be impossible to see in person during the pandemic. The Trout eggs will be looked after by two wardens, and then released into the River Dee once they are fit and healthy and have passed a few heath checks.
Sadly, not all eggs are expected to make it through the hatching process, which is where the two wardens come into play. They remove the eggs that are unsuccessful in order to avoid any infections or other health issues with the other eggs. This was an initiative for people to use their website, encouraging people to book slots for the national park, as it was used as a point of entry.
The website also features educational learning facilities that can found on the right-hand side of their website. This shows that they want younger people to show an interest towards the area, increasing the chances of those people booking a slot at Snowdonia via their website.
Snowdonia also features the UK’s highest café, at 3,560 feet. This was part of a development project, costing 8 million pounds. The name of café is called Eryri, which is Welsh for Snowdonia and was voted by the general public.
It has a glass wall showing a “view of the world”. It is made from welsh materials such as granite, and it has helped to maintain jobs in the area.
There is a train line to café for people who cannot or do not want to walk up to the summit. The café also has an education centre and a shop. The Café is popular with tourists and locals alike. The café provides an extra area of profit for the area, increasing the profits of Snowdonia as a whole. Snowdonia has excellent services for its own customers, by keeping the environment and their residents happy. More information on Snowdonia can be found on the Snowdonia national Park website.