The Valleys Regional Park

Parc Rhanbarthol y Cymoedd

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PROJECT OVERVIEW


The Sirhowy Valley between Tredegar and Blackwood offers a tantalising glimpse into the valleys as they were before the industrial revolution coupled with some wonderful relics of the industrial age such at those at Bedwellty Pits.


The project helped connect tourists visiting the area and local people of the urban town centres of the valley. It comprised two elements:


1) Renovation of the bridge connecting Bedwellty Pits to Troedrhiwgwair to create access to the surrounding countryside including a walk to St James reservoir through the plantation, and enabling elevated views of the town and beyond.

2) Works at Sirhowy Woodlands which included the upgrading and resurfacing of pathways and fencing and the installation of drainage channels to stop erosion. The works also included opening up of the wooded area.




PROJECT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS


OUTPUTS



GOOD PRACTICE


The original programme of activities for the Sirhowy Valley was originally decided upon after consultation with local residents and partner organisations.


All projects started with the premise of community involvement and engagement, with the view to improved health, intergenerational working, and increased confidence amongst disadvantaged groups as a result of volunteering, or taking part in the projects.  


BGCBC worked closely with Tredegar Communities First to deliver the Sirhowy Woodlands Project and engage with volunteers and those in the Intermediate Labour Market.


Time will be taken to establish River Care Groups that will take ownership of areas and take part in their management. The Vision Statement for the Sirhowy Valley Landscape Partnership was informed by the immediate and long-term needs of local communities, and heritage priorities identified in the study and the two Councils’ policies and mission statements:


“A community re-connected with, and expressing pride in their rich and diverse landscape heritage”


The project aims to achieve this vision by improving the quality of life of local communities, encouraging active participation, engendering a sense of pride, ownership and care for their landscape heritage through events and activities, which celebrate the heritage and by creating opportunities for better access, learning, leisure, training, volunteering, employment and local business.




VRP ERDF INFRASTRUCTURE AND LANDSCAPE PROJECTS

SIRHOWY VALLEY LANDSCAPES (Nr. Tredegar)

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