"A walk from our industrial past -
To our environmentally friendly future."
PRESS RELEASE FROM BGCBC ON 6th FEBRUARY 2018 - GRANNY'S WOOD PROJECT SECURES £73,000 FUNDING
Blaenau Gwent Council, Gwent Wildlife Trust and Llanhilleth Tenants & Residents Association project group are pleased to announce that £73,000 of funding has been secured to take forward the “Granny’s Wood” project in Llanhilleth.
The project will reinstate a pathway from the centre of the village to the site of the Llanhilleth Colliery Memorial which will be refurbished as part of the project. It will establish a new start and finish point for the Ebbw Fach Trail and create a Heritage, Wildlife & Woodland Walk for those within the community and visitors to the area.
The majority of the funding has been secured through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. The remaining 20% funding was agreed by Blaenau Gwent Council and Abertillery & Llanhilleth Community Council.
Chair of the Tenants & Residents Association, Lyn Maloney, said:
“We are extremely grateful for the invaluable contributions of Blaenau Gwent Council and Gwent Wildlife Trust and their committed future support. Much appreciated support has also been received from land owners, Sue Webber and Maldwyn Bowen, and letters of support were received from Llanhilleth Heritage Society, St. Mark’s Community Church and Zion Miner’s Chapel.”
It is planned to establish a ‘Friends of Granny’s Wood’ group to maintain and develop the site, ensuring that the project is maintained to a good standard for future generations.
The current programme of work includes the reinstatement of the pathway, a woodland and wildlife survey, refurbishment of the colliery memorial and installation of heritage information panels. Future developments could include picnic areas.
It is anticipated that the project will be completed in the Spring of 2018.
JULY 2016 - FIRST MEETING ON THE GRANNY'S WOOD PROJECT
We first met on 1st July 2016 to improve access to the path and get a better understanding of the task ahead.
FEBRUARY TO APRIL 2018
Work started on clearing the site and the refurbishment of the Colliery Memorial.
To find out more about the Granny's Wood Project, please visit the 'Llanhilleth Past & Present Facebook page, by clicking on the logo
MONDAY 21st MAY 2018
Members from groups belonging to the Ebbw Fact Trail visited Grannys Wood to inspect the work that has been carried out on the project, and were very impressed with the progress made. More photographs will be added, when the project has been completed.