Politicians have applauded the work of a Denbighshire business that has branched out to provide a unique visitor experience.

Having resided on the slope of Moel Famau for three generations, lockdown provided the Davies family with a chance to pause and reflect on the importance that the countryside plays in people’s lives, and as a result they have opened Moel Famau Donkeys.

Last week, Clwyd West MS Darren Millar and North Wales MS Sam Rowlands paid the family a visit to find out more about the donkey trail, which visitors can enjoy.

Mr Millar said: “The donkey trails are set in the most spectacular location and provide people of all ages with the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the area.

"Spending time in the outdoors with the donkeys has proven mental health benefits. Donkeys have helped servicepeople and terrorist attack survivors to cope with PTSD, as well as proving to be great therapy animals for kids with autism and learning difficulties.

“The pandemic was a challenging time for businesses, so it is very pleasing that this family business was able to use the time in lockdown to consider the future of their business and as a result are now providing an experience that I am sure both locals and visitors to the area will very much enjoy.”

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Mr Rowlands added: “I was very pleased to meet the Davies family and to hear how their business has developed since they first took over the site in 1977.

"They began as a dairy farm milking 100 cows and 200 sheep on their acres, and in 1991, they diversified into a sawmill and horse bedding production facility.

“Their location in the shadow of Moel Famau, part of the beautiful Clwydian Range (AONB), is spectacular and I am therefore pleased that they are now offering a trail over the paths and fields, with an accompanying miniature donkey if you so wish!”