Each year more than 250,000 people climb to the summit of Pen y Fan, southern Britain’s highest mountain. The pressure of so many pairs of boots on the mountain paths is causing damage. In order to maintain the habitat and landscape value of the Brecon Beacons we're carrying out a programme of upland path restoration and improvement work.
The Pont ar Daf car park is the main access route for the Brecon Beacons. You may have noticed the place is looking a bit messy at the moment. Please bear with us as we're busily turning a monotonous conifer plantation into a more diverse, wildlife and visitor-friendly woodland. In doing so we're making sure that his woodland will continue to thrive for generations to come.
On the edge of the South Wales coalfield lies Coelbren - a small village with a big sense of community. We're working with this fantastic group of people on a range of conservation projects, helping to protect this place for future generations.
Our footpaths are in constant need of repair due to the sheer number of people using them. In order to get the amount of stone we need to stone-pitch our footpaths onto the mountains, we have to enlist the help of a helicopter and a few willing volunteers. It's one of the busiest days of the year for us but also one of the most exciting.
Our team looks after 12,588ha of land, from mountains to woodlands, moorlands to meadows. The team covers an area stretching from the Vale of Glamorgan in the west to Monmouthshire in the east and up into mid-Wales. Here in the Brecon Beacons, team members look after the footpaths, care for our woodlands, survey and monitor wildlife, carry out community engagement, maintain our buildings and much, much more.