Developing habitats and eco-connectivity

Aled Singleton, Regeneration Officer, Bridgend County Borough Council

Following natural regeneration, the community in Maesteg and Llynfi has been making great efforts to develop the habitats on former industrial sites in the upper sections of the valley.

Bridgend County Borough Council is about to launch a new eco-connectivity project, providing support to community organisations to learn about habitat connectivity and to develop proposals that complement the impressive work being done by Sustrans. With this project Jony Easterby is working to connect habitats at the former Maesteg Washery.

Less than ten years after this site was an industrial wasteland, people are already starting to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the old washery site (above). Within this new project, Jony has created a new pathway (below) going north towards the ponds and stone art feature. The path meanders through the alder trees that have grown naturally on the site in the past 10 years. Jony has taken into account what has grown successfully on land close to the site and made efforts to support similar habitats.

If you are interested in the environment, here is how you can get involved with other projects:

Bridgend County Borough Council, with support from the Countryside Council for Wales, will be supporting groups to help people learn about habitats, management techniques and develop ideas for future projects. The main groups to benefit include: the Friends of Maesteg Welfare Park, Rivercare Group, Valleys to Coast and the Friends of Brynheulog (Caerau Park Estate) and Groundwork (Caerau Market Garden). The workshops will be happening in Autumn and Winter 2012 and early 2013.

For more information get in contact with any of these groups or email Aled on aled.singleton@bridgend.gov.uk

Maesteg Rivercare Group

Friends of Maesteg Welfare Park

Caerau Market Garden

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