Responding to the news that north Wales’ slate heritage will be formally recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site following years of local campaigning, Plaid Cymru Spokesperson for Culture Heledd Fychan MS said,

 “This is fantastic news. Achieving this prestigious status is a boost – a boost to pride in our Welsh heritage and a boost to Wales’ place on the international stage.

 “This is about preserving and protecting our heritage so that it plays a role in Wales’s future.”


“Slate was the bedrock of communities in north Wales for centuries. Formally recognising the slate industry’s contribution to north Wales is not only a fitting tribute to the labour of thousands of workers over many generations, who cut slate by hand in often life-threatening conditions for very little return, but it will also ensure that future generations from around the world are given the opportunity to learn and understand the historical, industrial, economic, and cultural impact the slate industry made to Wales and beyond.


“Our thanks to Gwynedd Council and partner organisations for their many years of hard work that has turned this ambitious project into a reality.