The ‘Forgotten Landscapes’ describe the area surrounding and including the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site in south Wales. This globally significant landscape was formed over many centuries through the combined efforts of nature and man.
During the Industrial Revolution the hillsides around Blaenavon became pitted with mines and quarries, blackened by the tips of colliery spoil, and dissected by tram roads and railways. However, as the industries of the area began to decline, this landscape became forgotten. Over time vegetation re-colonised the spoil and wildlife began to return.
Today this fascinating landscape is rich in history and wildlife, and plays a vital role in our understanding of the heritage of the area. The area is now the focus of the Forgotten Landscapes Project. This ambitious scheme aims to manage the natural habitat and wildlife of the area, and conserve the historic features that form the distinct character of the local landscape. Use this section to discover more and get involved!
For the latest information, please visit the Forgotten Landscapes blog.