Mayor’s Visit to Parc Slip Visitor Centre

Its not every day that the Mayor comes for tea!

Mayor of Bridgend Visits parc slip visitor centre

The Mayor of Bridgend visits Parc Slip Visitor Centre

This month we were delighted we welcome the Mayor of Bridgend; Cllr Stewart Baldwin and Tracy Mortimer, Senior Economic Development Officer at Bridgend County Borough Council to our Wildlife Trust Parc Slip Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve.

The visit was arranged following the teams success at the Bridgend Business Forum Awards last month where Parc Slip won the ‘Bridgend Tourism Business’ award category. Parc Slip attracts approximately 30,000 visitors per year and continues to raise the profile of the wildlife tourism offer in Bridgend through engaging and innovative visitor experiences.

Cllr Stuart Baldwin, Mayor of Bridgend County Borough said,

“I visited Parc Slip Nature Reserve as part of my visits following the Bridgend Business Awards.  It was a very informative visit and to see how the area has transformed from a mining environment to a nature reserve in such a short period.  I was pleased to be awarded with a certificate of adoption for a hedgehog and the certificate now sits in pride of place in the Mayors Parlour.”

The Mayor is presented with a hedghog adoption

The Mayor is presented with a hedgehog adoption

Parc Slip is considered as the jewel in the crown of Bridgend’s epic valleys. The visitor centre opened in May 2013 and continues to build on its excellent reputation for exceptional customer service and mouth-watering home-cooked food. Before flourishing into a breath-taking wildlife haven the land was once used as an opencast coal mine. Visitors of all ages can discover the history of the reserve with our new interactive heritage and history trail.

Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said:

“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor to our Visitor Centre and Nature Centre. Parc Slip is one of our Wildlife Trust flagship nature reserves and home to over 1,000 species of wildlife. We are extremely proud of what our Parc Slip Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve team have achieved over the past year and it was great to have the opportunity to show our guests around the centre and discuss some of our exciting plans for the future."

Parc Slip Visitor Centre, Tondu is open 6 days a week Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. The Visitor Centre coffee shop serves a range of delicious home cooked food including vegetarian and vegan options as well as more traditional meat options. And of course there is always cake!

Entry is FREE to the Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve. Check out for events and further information.