Campaigners are reviving calls to make the Cambrian Mountains an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, almost 15 years after it was first launched.

"As Wales resurfaces from the coronavirus pandemic, it's time to celebrate its glorious landscapes," said Peter Foulkes, acting chairperson of the Cambrian Mountains Society.

"What better way to do this than by bringing the Cambrian Mountains into the family of Welsh designated landscapes, probably as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."

The campaign to conserve one of the UK's finest landscapes, which was started by the Cambrian Mountains Society in November 2006, has the backing of mid Wales-raised naturalist and TV presenter Iolo Williams who is the Society's President.

Half of the Cambrian Mountains is in Powys and includes an area that stretches from Dylife in the north to Llanwrtyd in the south with the Elan Valley in between. Roughly 3,000 people live within the proposed Cambrian Mountains AONB.

The Cambrian Mountains Society said AONB status would boost the local economy, and help agriculture, heritage and culture. The Society aims to benefit local communities, and wider public, with measures that will sustain or enhance the landscape, natural beauty, biodiversity, archaeology, scientific interest, and cultural heritage of the Cambrian Mountains.