Furnace to Flowers is Gwent Wildlife Trust’s vision to transform parts of the former Ebbw Vale Steelworks site into a space flourishing with wild flowers for both people and wildlife to thrive.
With your support this vision could become a reality.
Gwent Wildlife Trust is delighted to have reached the public vote stage as part of a Wales-wide competition run by Grow Wild. If successful the aspiration is to develop a flagship site for Wales on the site of the former steelworks in Ebbw Vale. This site will celebrate the industrial heritage of Wales, and the importance of a Living Landscape for the local community and wildlife to enjoy.
Grow Wild is a £10.5m programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to inspire people to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers.
A key aspect of Ebbw Vale’s Furnace to Flowers is the focus on engaging communities with the project, which will include revamping the steelworks’ extensive site with native wild flowers, creating a corridor of colour from spring to autumn. Sensory gardens, adventure areas, and places to simply relax will be also be created as part of this exiting project.
Furnace to Flowers aims to boost local pride, and will provide opportunities for everyone to get involved. To bring the vision of Furnace to Flowers to life, GWT are urging as many people as possible from Wales, the entire UK and abroad to cast a vote for Furnace to Flowers between October 6th at 8am and November 1st at midnight either by visiting , then simply clicking on Furnace to Flowers or by calling 0808 228 7203 (FREE from UK landlines or mobiles).
Ian Rappel, CEO of Gwent Wildlife Trust said: “A victory through public vote for Furnace to Flowers in Ebbw Vale will inspire not just the communities of Blaenau Gwent, but will showcase the benefits of native wildlife to local communities throughout the Welsh Valleys. This will be a fitting legacy for everyone who laboured so hard at the Works, a green oasis for those who have lived with the consequences of de-industrialisation, and an inspiration for generations to come! Please vote for Furnace to Flowers from October 6th!”
With enough public votes, Gwent Wildlife Trust can turn a vision into a reality and transform the former steelworks into a wild flower haven, which celebrates the past, present and future.