Llanfynydd is a village in
In protest over plans to erect a
wind farmnearby, on 19 July 2004the village adopted the new name of Llanhyfrydawelllehynafolybarcudprindanfygythiadtrienusyllafnauole("Llan hyfryd a well, le hynafol y barcud prin dan fygythiad truenus y llafnau o le," English: "a quiet beautiful village, a historic place with rare kite under threat from wretched blades").BBC News website (Jan. 30, 2007). [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/3904491.stm " Long Winded Village Name protest"] . Retrieved on July 19, 2004.]
The name was chosen to reflect one of the worries that local residents have about the wind farm, that it will threaten three endangered species of bird (
red kite, curlew and skylark) in the local area. It was also chosen as it is longer than the current longest name in Britain — Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Anglesey— and would thus generate publicity for their cause.
The change took place despite reassurances from developers Gamesa Energy UK (part of Spanish giant
Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica) and the local council that the planned single wind turbineis merely a test to see how suitable the area is for wind turbines.
* [http://www.llanfynydd.com/ Village website]
* [http://www.llanegwad-carmarthen.co.uk/ch3llanfynydd.htm Church website]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CMN/Llanfynydd/ GENUKI Website]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=2749563 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llanfynydd and surrounding area]
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