FLP finishes at the end of October 2015 and preparing final reports for funders is never fun but it does make you reflect on all that has been achieved over the life of the project.
Here are some headlines:
- New partnership formed for project planning and delivery – over 15 organisations involved, e.g. TCBC, MCC, BGCBC, CCBC, BBNPA, NRW, SWF&RS, Gwent Police, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Blaenavon Town Council, local community councils, history societies, etc., commoners associations involved formally for the first time.
- 5 scheduled ancient monuments conserved – Pwll Du tunnel south portal, Dyne Steel incline, Hills Pit’s cottages, Keeper’s Pond dam wall, Engine break wheel
- 250ha of land managed for heathland conservation, including bracken control, heather cutting and burning, creating firebreaks
- Red grouse conservation – the population has more than doubled during the project delivery period (67 birds in 2018 - >150 birds in 2015)
- Reed bed, ponds and bird hide created at Garn Lakes
- 5000 school children visited the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and the landscape for heritage education
- 200 life long learners attended heritage courses
- 50 volunteers recruited and Blaenavon World Heritage Environment volunteer group established (BWHEG)
- Programme of guided walks and establishment of World Heritage Site Walking Festival – led by BWHEG
- 24 miles of new trails, 9 new trail leaflets
- State of the art interpretation at the WHC – 4 new films and Victorian classroom experience
- Commoners associations engaged and commoners assisting in land management decision making and project delivery
- 25kW micro hydro scheme installed on Afon Lwyd (generates income of £25k pa to help cover ongoing costs beyond lifetime of project)
We are now exploring ways to keep it all going. Wish us luck.
Posted on: Friday 9th October 2015