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Death of Dr Peter Elmes: In November 2003 the Trust suffered the sad loss of Dr Peter Elmes who had been chairman from 1997 to 2002. His wide knowledge and experience as vice chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust was invaluable to the newly fledged Ruperra Conservation Trust and he guided it through the purchase of Coed Craig Ruperra and its subsequent management. We shall all miss the enthusiasm with which he encouraged us. Shortly before his death he urged us not to give up.

The timber stacking area: by the entrance to Coed Ruperra on the Draethen-Michaelstone Road will soon be available for car parking and the gate into the woodland will be open.Grid Ref. 2285 8705

The Castle: In December 03 the situation regarding the application described below has not changed, except that the Countryside Council for Wales is carefully monitoring the newly discovered roosts of legally protected Greater and Lesser horseshoe bats in the castle complex .

In June 2002, the owners of Ruperra Castle submitted a planning application for the development of the castle and its outbuildings with a further 15 new houses in the grounds.

This can be viewed at the Caerphilly Council Offices in Pontllanfraith. The many objectors to the scheme included Cadw. Ruperra Conservation Trust 's objections to the application referred to the lack of

  1. A financial viability plan to justify the proposals for new build which are contrary to the County Unitary Development Plan.
  2. A structural condition survey of the castle
  3. A justification for the demolition of the wings of the listed Edwardian glasshouse.
  4. Details of the conservation design for the listed buildings.
  5. Any provision for nature conservation in this Special Landscape Area.
  6. Provision for conserving the historic landscape.

For more details of objections from Ruperra Conservation Trust see archive page 3