The Strata Florida Centre

From the very beginning of the Strata Florida Project it has been the intention to purchase, conserve, restore and develop the five listed buildings, together with their yards and gardens, which constitute the former farm complex of Mynachlog Fawr. The objective has been to create a Strata Florida Centre, sustainable for the longer term, which will provide accommodation for visitors, create exhibition and hospitality space and serve as a venue for activities related to the place's long history, some of which have already been happening.

Now that the Strata Florida Trust has acquired the buildings and some adjacent land, we shall spend the next few years bringing this vision into existence. There will be three main strands: the restoration and development work on the buildings required to conserve them as historic structures within a sensitive design fit to allow the whole to function as the Strata Florida Centre; a range of activities alongside this constructional work which will continue what has gone before and which will, in due course, become part of the on-going programmes within the completed Centre; and Phase 2 of the research programme which will also form part of what the Centre does with its partners.

In 2017-18, we have entered into partnership with a number of organisations we have identified as essential to the pursuit of our aims. Primary among these is the Prince's Foundation for Building Communities with whom we hope soon to be entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Three others currently are the subject already of MoU's:
1. The National Library of Wales
2. The University of Wales Trinity St David
3. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales

Our other key stakeholders and partners are identified as:
1. Cadw
2. Ceredigion County Council
3. Ystrad Fflur Community Council
4. The Pantyfedwen Strata Churchyard Trust
5. The Church in Wales
6. Natural Resources Wales
7. Coed-y-Bont Community Woodland
8. Local landowners and businesses

View of Mynachlog Fawr house from the south from a cherrypicker, June 2008 (David Austin)

View of Mynachlog Fawr farm buildings from the east from a cherrypicker, June 2008 (David Austin)

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