The Valleys Regional Park

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Valleys Regional Park is an exciting, dynamic initiative involving over 60 partners to co-ordinate, drive and promote activities related to the environment and heritage and associated tourism across the valleys of south Wales



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VRP ERDF Project

£22M investment developing and enhancing the Valleys’ environment and heritage and associated tourism activities through the VRP ERDF convergence project


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An Interreg IVB project with partners in Belgium and France to understand how we can work better with nature to support sustainable economic development via more effective business and community engagement

A KESS studentship working with Cardiff Metropolitan University and supported by VRP through Groundwork Wales to study the physiological and psychological benefits of ‘Green Exercise’

KESS Studentship

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The Valleys Regional Park
Future Options Report

Following extensive consultation with partner organisations and external bodies, and taking account of experience in other parts of the UK and Europe, external consultant Blaengad has prepared a future options report for the Valleys Regional Park (VRP).

The report recommends consolidation of the VRP as tangible regional park integrated with the Cardiff Capital Region, where the rich natural and heritage resource provides a key driver to tackle poverty and create jobs. It offers an effective regional coordination mechanism for strategic natural resource planning, supporting partner organisations to secure resources and enabling local delivery through them according to an ecosystems approach, working closely with the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales.

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Welsh Timber in Construction

The Welsh Government is committed to increasing the use of timber in construction, particularly Welsh timber of which we have plenty. There are many benefits to this including skills and job creation opportunities within the forestry and construction sectors, sustainable management of woodland, carbon capture and the construction of sustainable energy efficient homes. Gross timber growth rates in Wales are sufficient to build a house every 10 minutes.To maximise this opportunity, a cross government officials working group chaired by Peter Davies, Future Generations Commissioner has been established.

Through the Valleys Regional Park, a Welsh Timber in Housing Group has been created involving key stakeholders including the Wales Forest Business Partnership and ten Registered Social Landlords. The group has been tasked with changing the perception of Welsh timber, developing better coordination across the sector, organising events to encourage networking, improving supply chain links and developing one or more pilot timber housing schemes.

The VRP set to achieve its initial aims

The 2014 VRP evaluation report undertaken by CPLAN at Cardiff University has been prepared and finalised. It shows that the VRP investment through the ERDF project has been responsible for approaching 200 direct and associated jobs whilst targets for training, land improved and access have been exceeded in addition to the infrastructure improvements.

Report available for download here