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April 27, 2024

Written by Glyn Edwards

Last spring, when the Daily Post ran an article the under headline, ‘Furious debate erupts as visitors refuse to use Welsh name Yr Wyddfa for ‘Snowdon’’, the dispute had already been politicised. Earlier that April, when asked about renaming a national park as Bannau Brycheiniog, Rishi Sunak said “I’m going to keep calling it the Brecon Beacons, and I would imagine most people will do that too.”


The naming of mountains polarised a more sensitive discussion about the role played by culture, language and heritage in our relationship with the natural world. In her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, the botanist, poet and author, Robin Wall-Kimmerer, discusses how the names we give to people, reveal the knowledge we have of each other. The same can to apply to places, to rocks, to plants, to mountains also: ‘intimate connection allows recognition in an all-too-often anonymous world…Intimacy gives us a different way of seeing.’

Wild Words is seeking your poetic responses to The Mountain is not Moved, with a view to publishing a selection on the Wild Words page on the AM website (amam.cymru/north-wales-wildlife-trust-wild-words).

Poems could be about Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon, or Eryri/Snowdonia; about mountains; or the names given to cultural sites in different languages.