In July 2004 – in protest over plans to erect a wind farm nearby – the residents of Llanfynydd renamed their village Llanhyfryddawellehynafolybarcudprindanfygythiadtrienusyllafnauole ("lovely silent church, ancient place of the rare kite under wretched threat from misplaced blades") for the space of one week.
The name was chosen to reflect the villagers' concern that the wind farm would threaten three endangered species of bird – the (red kite, the curlew, and the skylark) – and to generate publicity for their cause by being longer than the previously longest placename in the UK: that of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Anglesey.
The protest went ahead despite assurances from the local council and from the Spanish-owned developers Gamesa Energy UK (part of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica) that the single wind turbine planned was intended merely as a test to see how suitable the area might be for wind turbines in the future.
- BBC News website (Jan. 30, 2007). " Long Winded Village Name protest". Retrieved on July 19, 2004.
- Church website
- GENUKI Website
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llanfynydd and surrounding area
- Map sources for Llanfynydd