Our Valleys Regional Park Programme is funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by Groundworks’ team of Valleys Regional Park Guardians. It provides a variety of activities across the Valleys Regional Park area, which stretches from Carmarthenshire to Pontypool, and Bridgend to Merthyr Tydfil. We deliver activities to make the most of our natural and cultural heritage for our wellbeing, for the environment, and for the economy. Anyone is welcome to join in.
All of our activities are delivered in a safe and secure way, in and around the twelve Discovery Gateways that help people connect with the area’s unique landscape, have fun and discover more about nature.
The Guardians working with various partners, including leisure trusts and local authorities, helping to support people and communities to connect with and look after their landscape, take ownership of green space, improve the environment and support innovation. Activities provide opportunities to meet new people and develop a broad range of practical and social skills, all whilst working in our beautiful valleys.
Practical conservation volunteering:
We have four practical conservation groups, where volunteers of all ages are invited to take part in a variety of practical activities in country parks. Activities include scrub clearance, pond creation, making wildflower areas, tree planting, growing projects, litter picks, balsam bashing. Practical environmental projects such as repairing pathways and fencing, hedge laying and woodland management are also offered to volunteers.
Volunteers must be aged 16 or above, and don’t need any experience or prior knowledge, and all tools and training provided. For those who are keen to further their employability, they can complete Agored Cymru qualifications in practical skills such as strimming, planting hanging baskets and woodwork projects.
Practical conservation volunteering sessions take place at:
- Bryngarw Country Park (Bridgend): Wednesdays 10am-2pm
- Dare Valley Country Park (Aberdare): Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-2pm
- Parc Slip (Bridgend): Mondays 10-2pm
- Parc Bryn Bach (Tredegar) Thursdays 10-2pm
Home-school Family Nature and Bushcraft Education
We educate families on environmental issues and nature and bushcraft skills through hands on activities, such as tree planting, coppicing hazel for walking stick making, looking at habitats, nature craft, campfire cooking and more.
- Bryngarw Country Park (Bridgend), every other Thursday 12.30-2pm
Why not come along and learn to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs in the polytunnel and surrounding raised beds and gardens? In additional to growing food for the local community to eat, community members enjoy improving their practical skills such a wood working while increasing biodiversity by making bird boxes and creating habitats for bugs and bees.
- Twyn Community Hyb (Merthyr) Mondays and Wednesdays 10-2pm
Wellbeing Walking Groups
Our wellbeing walking groups meet weekly, and enjoy walks to suit the needs of the individuals. Walks from range from 2km strolls to 10km walks, depending on the terrain, preference of individuals attending, and their health goals.
- Twyn Community Hub, Glasier Road, Merthyr Tydfil: Fridays 10.30am
- Dare Valley Country Park: Tuesdays 10am.
All activities are free, to book your place or find out more, please contact Faye on 07503 638108 or email email@example.com