The Friends of Moel Findeg were formed in 1996 with the purpose of purchasing the mountain to prevent it being quarried & to create a Local Nature Reserve, freely open to all. Working with the then Clwyd County Council, an appeal was made to the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Due to local government reorganisation, Clwyd County Council ceased to exist but one of their last acts was to deed £100,000 towards the purchase of the mountain to the new Denbighshire County Council. Thus it was that The Friends of Moel Findeg & Denbighshire County Council took on the last part of the battle to protect Moel Findeg.
The management group consisted of:
For three years negotiations dragged on, but by November 1998 a price of £465,000 was agreed. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided £250,000, Clwyd C.C. £100,000, and the Friends & Denbighshire C.C. raised the remaining £115,000. On March 31st 1999 the Moel Findeg Declaration was signed on the village green in Maeshafn by Cllr Peter Williams, Chairman of Denbighshire C.C. and Mr Charles Quant (MBE), Chairman of The Friends of Moel Findeg.
The Declaration acknowledged the considerable concern & generosity of the general public, locally, nationally & internationally, which made the purchase possible. It also granted ownership of the land to Denbighshire County Council to be managed by its Countryside Service and in 1999 it was declared a Local Nature Reserve. This LNR will be preserved in perpetuity for the free enjoyment of everyone who wishes to visit the mountain.
Now the really hard work of restoration could begin.
In 2000 the Friends were chosen as the Chronicle Newspapers/Manweb Millennium Group of the Year. In 2003 they received the Clwydian Range A.O.N.B. Award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the conservation & enhancement of the landscape.