Parc Slip Nature Reserve was recently named a Discovery Gateway Site for the Valleys Regional Park Project. As a Gateway Site, Parc Slip will be one of the places where you can first discover the cultural, industrial and environmental heritage of the valleys.
This exciting project provides funding to make some positive changes to the reserve and improve the visitor wildlife experience over the next two years. The changes will be both big and small, some of which have already been made!
Regulars to the Visitor Centre at Parc Slip may have already noticed that the Café furniture has been replaced with some beautiful tables. These replacements will provide more seating, therefore more people can enjoy the delicious food that is on offer all year around!
If you live in the local area you may have noticed the closure notices for the council’s long boardwalk from Tondu (part of Cycle Route 4) that ends at the border of Parc Slip on the East side of the reserve. The path is closed so that the current boardwalk can be rebuilt with a sustainable recycled plastic structure and sturdier wooden boards on top. There are diversions in place for pedestrians and cyclists while the closure is in place.
One of the first major improvements will be made to the visitor centre’s plumbing system likely to take place in mid-December. Although not the most glamourous of jobs it is entirely essential to the successful running of the centre and to maximise customer experience. We will be upgrading the toilets so that they will be more sustainable and cost effective. Whilst the improvements are being made there may be some disruption to the accessibility of the toilets and car park for a few days. Exact details will be released nearer to the time so do check our website and social media pages for updates.
New Year, new pond?
In January, the pond outside the visitor centre will be excavated. Although at first the landscape will look a little untidy, with time the pond will soon return to it’s former glory. As a result of the excavation work the canal path and some of the car park may be closed to allow the works to be done. Definite details will be released closer to the time.
During early Spring we hope to improve the paths on the East side of the reserve and the main haulage road track through the West side of the reserve. This will greatly improve the access throughout the reserve, hopefully making the reserve suitable for a visit from the whole family!
To make sure that Parc Slip is the perfect spot for a family day out, we will also be making improvements to the furniture on the reserves. We will be changing benches, gates and pond platforms and will also be adding new signage for circular walks and updating the reserve map.
We have lots of exciting plans for the visitor centre in 2020! Firstly we will be installing a covered outdoor seating area at the back of the visitor centre to shelter from rain or sun while still enjoying the café’s delicious food. This is a perfect spot for those walkers with canine friends!
We will also be transforming our Discovery Room (upstairs room) to a welcoming escape perfect for those rainy days! We will be showing wildlife films and our new 360 virtual reality experience of Parc Slip.
Last but definitely not least, to encourage sustainable transport we will be installing a covered bike rack and two electric car charging points.
May 2020 onwards
In the second year of the funding we will be building wildlife gardening features around the visitor centre area to showcase improvements visitors can make to their own gardens that will benefit wildlife and themselves.
There are also exciting plans to put in an orchard where eventually people will be able to pick their own fruit.
We hope you are as excited as we are for these fantastic improvements!
Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates.