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More than £6.6 million for projects to realise Valleys Regional Park ambition

Wednesday September 11th, 2019

Eleven Valleys parks and heritage sites named as Discovery Gateways, now including Cefn Coed Mining Museum and Parc Penallta, will share more than £6.6 million to maximise the potential of the area’s natural and cultural assets.welsh_valleys_451911Med

First Minister Mark Drakeford and Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, with responsibility for the Valleys Taskforce, Lee Waters, made the announcement during a visit to Cefn Coed Mining Museum. The museum will receive £1.8m of funding from the Valleys Taskforce in addition to more than £1.5m which has already been committed by Welsh Government for specialist treatment and delicate repair of the headframes at Cefn Coed.

These combined funds will enable the development of an exemplar Discovery Gateway site for the Valleys Regional Park which will draw on the cultural, industrial and environmental heritage of the western valleys.

Other Discovery Gateway improvements to benefit from investment include the development of family accessible bike trails at Dare Valley Country Park, and a new visitor centre at Parc Penallta which will provide a much needed base for a programme of community focussed activities supporting economic and social well-being.

Bryngarw Country Park, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Cyfarthfa Park, Cwmcarn Forest Drive, Caerphilly Castle, Parc Brynbach, Parc Slip and Ynysangharad War Memorial Park will also receive funding to realise the ambitions of the Valleys Regional Park.

The aim of the Valleys Regional Park is to unlock and maximise the potential of the natural and associated cultural heritage of the Valleys to generate social, economic and environmental benefits.

The investment in the Discovery Gateways is crucial to ensuring these sites have the capacity to provide safe and welcoming spaces that can be enjoyed by the local community as well as visitors from further afield. The sites will work together to ensure we make the most of the world class and diverse landscapes we have throughout the Valleys.

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