Community and conservation at Coelbren
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On the edge of the South Wales coalfield, west of the Brecon Beacons, lies Coelbren – a small village with a big sense of community.
We acquired 61.42ha of land in and around the village over a 39-year period between 1947 and 1986, with much of the land given to us by J. B. Garsed Price, a local landowner, sheriff of the county and solicitor.
The land includes Henrhyd Falls – southern Britain’s highest waterfall – and Graigllech woods.
Our involvement with Coelbren’s close-knit community really started to take off in 2010 when we held a community consultation to hear what residents would like to see happen with our land surrounding the village. This led to the creation of a liaison group made up of our staff and local residents.
The community work has led to increased access and walking routes around the village. The re-opening of the old tram road was made possible by the hard work of a group of Coelbren volunteers. This route is now used regularly and has been a great success as part of the Fforest Fawr Geopark 'Lines in the Landscape' walk.
This walk led to the publication of a leaflet focusing on the industrial and historical features of Coelbren. It was created by the Geopark with a huge amount of help from the community.
Throughout the year we host lots of events at Coelbren, including 50 things-themed bushcraft for children, bat nights, Hallowe'en and community events. Find out more about what we've got coming up.