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Plans unveiled for new national park in South Wales


Rhondda Cynon Taf’s council cabinet has approved plans for the Clydach Vale land to be officially designated as a national park.

At a Cabinet meeting this week (Tuesday, September 21), members agreed to push forward proposals for the 166 acres of land in Tonypandy, currently known as Cwm Clydach Countryside Park.

Councilor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Member of the Cabinet of the Council for Environment, Recreation and Heritage Services, noted:

“I am delighted that the proposals for a new country park within our county borough have taken a big step forward today.

“The board has already developed a working partnership with friends of Cwm Clydach Country Park and the Cambrian Village Trust (CVT) regarding future land developments both at the proposed Country Park site and on the new land. 3G sports facility in Clydach Vale.

“The designation will support the two organizations that work in partnership with Council to improve and further develop the land for residents and visitors. “

The new Country Park in the Rhondda Valley would complement the existing Dare Valley Country Park in the Cynon Valley, providing another tourist destination for the County Borough. It would also benefit the health and well-being of residents and visitors, promoting the great outdoors, outstanding natural beauty and wildlife in the region.

An increase in the number of visitors to the proposed nature park and to the wider region would help increase attendance in local towns, thereby boosting the local economy.

The proposed new nature park in the Rhondda Valley would be located on the former site of the Cambrian Coal Mine, which includes two lakes and a number of small waterfalls. Located east of the lakes is the popular Cambrian Lakeside Café Bar, with newly refurbished free public parking.

Friends of Cwm Clydach Country Park work alongside Cambrian Village Trust to help with general upkeep of the area, undertaking garbage pick-up and doing fencing and path repairs. The two groups are also partners of the Groundwork Well-being Project.

The designation of the land as a national park will allow the Council and the newly created Strategic Council to apply for external funding to improve and develop the site.


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