The Miller Memorial at Penmaenuchaf, Penmaenpool, North Wales
In 1997, my grandfather Gavin Miller, began the initiative of
creating an amenity woodland at Penmaenucha as a tribute to Rite who died in 1995.
Gavin and Rite Miller both lived at Penmaenuchaf between 1978 and 1989. The application
to the Forestry Commission for a grant was successful and soon afterwards the "Walkers Welcome"
footpaths were established at Penmaenuchaf.
The Miller Memorial at Penmaenuchaf
|"In memory of Rite it is my wish to see the land at Penmaenucha,
which already has a right-of-way through it, made more accessible to the public.
With this in mind, an application has been made to the Forestry Commission for grants
to clear rhododendrons and build a small bridge. I believe the application has been
successful but I will know more of this when I get back from holiday. Your ideas
and help with this project will be appreciated."
— Gavin Miller
(Letter to Dinas Properties' shareholders 24 July 1997
After Gavin's own death in February 2001, Nigel Miller and Judy Whitby announced at
the ashes scattering the decision to establish a memorial arboretum at Penmaenuchaf. Thanks to
the work done by the Forestry Commission as part of the "Walkers Welcome" project, big inroads
to clear the land had already been made. This made the inaugural tree planting in February 2002
so much easier. Although the weather did its best to hamper work!