Bryngarw Country Park and Parc Slip Nature Reserve are set to benefit from major new investments by Welsh Government after becoming part of the Valleys Regional Park.
Bryngarw Country Park is set to receive £500,000, and Parc Slip has been allocated £400,000 for creating new facilities and carrying out works that will enhance the overall visitor experience.
Ranging from habitat and access improvements, the planting of new orchards and natural play opportunities for children to ‘green-roofed’ bike shelters, the installation of solar panels and creation of new ponds and gardens, the work will be carried out in partnership with Awen Cultural Trust and Wildlife Trust, South and West Wales.
Electric car and bicycle charging points will be introduced at Parc Slip, while Bryngarw will receive a new education building for visiting schools.
Cllr Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“The Valleys Regional Park is a Welsh Government initiative which seeks to make the most out of the wealth of natural, cultural and heritage assets that we are lucky to have here in South Wales.
“The intention is to link all of these with towns and villages across the South Wales valleys through a highly visible network of uplands, woodlands, nature reserves, country parks, rivers, reservoirs, canals, heritage sites and attractions.
“As well as maximising the social, economic and environmental potential of the region, the Valleys Regional Park will help communities to forge closer links with the area in which we live.”