Our work

Working on the footpaths

Volunteers help us to stone-pitch footpaths on NT working holidays

Volunteers help us to stone-pitch footpaths on NT working holidays

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.

Creating wild woods at Pont ar Daf

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.

Working holiday volunteers helping to keep Henrhyd Falls tidy © National Trust

Working holiday volunteers helping to keep Henrhyd Falls tidy

Community and conservation at Coelbren

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.

The challenge

The road to Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons

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.

Our woodland work in the Tarell Valley

Our woodland warden hard at work extracting timber in the Tarell Valley

Our woodland warden hard at work extracting timber in the Tarell Valley

Coed Carno is one of our largest woods and is nestled in the Tarell Valley in the foothills of the central Brecon Beacons. Our long-term aim is to improve the woodland for wildlife and increase its size by planting new trees and allowing natural regeneration.

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