The Valleys Regional Park

Parc Rhanbarthol y Cymoedd

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Blaenafon is a World Heritage Site in recognition of its important role as a one of the cradles of the industrial revolution. The area surrounding the town is a vital landscape as a palimpsest of the development of the area.

As part of the wider project, this element focused on a strategic approach to developing the World Heritage Site landscape and its hinterland as a visitor destination, by enhancing trails and visitor attractions.








The Forgotten Landscapes Project proposes to establish a strategic framework for landscape scale works designed to restore and enhance the historic and natural heritage of the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site and its landscape setting. This innovative approach to landscape management through a series of strategic and coordinated interventions will create improved infrastructure and access to the landscape for increased numbers of visitors and members of the community and result in a much more coordinated and sustainable management.

Aims of the project included:

Encourage greater understanding and enjoyment of the area’s natural and cultural heritage amongst local communities, visitors and currently underrepresented groups.

Integrate conservation and restoration of priority natural environment visitor attractions and the many decaying post-industrial features, ancient monuments and landscape features.

Aid the development of continuous habitat links and tourist routes across the region by providing a framework for managing the many post industrial areas at the landscape scale.

Ensure effective communication and involvement with land owners /managers, local communities and other user groups, in decision making and project delivery.

This application is for a proportion of the wider programme of works. Specifically this element of the project will focus on key physical improvement projects, including;

Forgotten Landscapes will significantly improve the Blaenafon World Heritage Site and its landscape setting as a visitor destination in its own right and as an Eastern Gateway for the Valleys Regional Park. A well-planned set of projects that focus on:

The project seeks to ensure that visitors and local people will be able to access, understand and enjoy this remarkable landscape area. As a key eastern gateway, Forgotten Landscapes will also act as a strategic stepping stone into the wider Valleys Regional Park area and will work with its partners to ensure that the whole area is promoted effectively.

This dual role will be a significant component in helping achieve the economic, social and environmental regeneration of the wider area, reconnect local people with their rich and globally important heritage and ensure the ongoing conservation of the World Heritage Site’s key heritage assets.

The partnership will promote all aspects of the heritage landscape to the widest possible audience to attract visitors.  

The full programme of work packages are outlined in the Landscape and Conservation Programme and are summarised in attached outline of projects. For further details visit:

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