An ambitious woodland project stretching from Maesteg to Caerau has got the backing of local MP Huw Irranca-Davies, following a site-visit with Natural Resource Wales (NRW).
NRW are working with local communities to develop the community woodland on the former Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washeries sites, with funding from the Welsh Government Nature Fund and the support of the Bridgend County Borough Council.
Over 60,000 broadleaf, fruit and ornamental trees will be planted on 30 hectares of land, enhancing the natural environment and opening up the area for local people to enjoy the woodlands and all the health benefits of being out in the open air.
Huw, who also chairs the powerful Environmental Audit Committee in parliament, says “The engagement of local people in shaping this exciting new project has been fantastic. It will add so much to enhancing this part of our beautiful valley, and – with ongoing community engagement – should encourage more and more local residents to get out and about amongst some wonderful woodland walks and cycle-paths. With exciting ideas for later stages including health trails and a “green gym”, ponds and sculptures, this will be a great asset for local people now and for many generations to come.”