Parc Slip…. your ‘Gateway to the Valleys’ opening soon!

Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

Parc Slip Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

Improvement works have all been possible due to funding provided by Welsh Government.

Clearing out the Parc Slip Pond!

Clearing out the Parc Slip Pond!

Regular visitors to our Parc Slip reserve near Tondu would have noticed a lot of activity around the site over the past winter and spring!

Paths and car parks closed (and not only as a result of the recent Corona virus restrictions!), heavy machinery moving mud around, familiar benches replaced and bird hides and ponds being spruced up.

This work has all been possible due to funding provided by Welsh Government to local authorities across south Wales to help set up and promote the Valleys Regional Park (VRP). This major project has been around for quite a while, but has really leapt forward in the last year or so and aims to promote the natural and cultural assets of the Valleys, our hidden gems and world class attractions, to local communities and visitors.

The current funding has been focused on promoting ‘gateways’ into the valleys – sites where we can showcase the best the Valleys have to offer and encourage people to explore further.

In Bridgend the Trust has partnered with the Local Authority to carry out a raft at works at Parc Slip and Bryngarw Country Park. For us this means significant investment to improve the facilities at the Visitor Centre and make it more environmentally friendly (eco-taps, electric car charging points, new tables, chairs and benches) and upgrade the Reserve itself, including completely renewing the boardwalk from Tondu, improved path surfaces, cycle shelter and lots of habitat improvements.

There is much more to come as well, new signage and trails, gates, wildlife gardens, a community orchard and a programme of exciting events, as soon as we are allowed to gather together again! We’ll be keeping you informed as these things happen and we’ll be looking for lots of new help and support to make the most of them so if you have volunteered in the past or would like to volunteer in future watch this space!