The Upper Rhondda is surrounded by the most dramatic and natural resource rich landscapes in Wales. Today over 70% of the of the land in the Upper Rhondda is in public ownership and although there is a limited Public Rights of Way network (e.g. 17km within the Treherbert Ward), there is extensive ‘open access’ for local people and visitors to enjoy (e.g. over 80% of the Treherbert Ward is open access land). The strength of community groups and associations based around the mining workforce has left the legacy of a large number of assets in the Rhondda in terms of parks, structures (e.g. pavilions, paddling pools, recreation equipment) and buildings (e.g. Welfare Halls, Girls and Boys Clubs, Libraries). These are also assists we can use to design our future.
The Welcome to our Woods Projectoperate from several sites geographically spread around nthe Upper Rhondda Fawr area and each providing various functions.
The old library building on Bute Street Treherbert: located on the main high street (Bute Street) in Treherbert.
Penyrenglyn Community Woodland Space , Valleys Kids Corbett Street Building Peynrenglyn Treherbert
Woodland Carpark and waterfall walk in Blaencwm.
Enterprise Site Development, The
ex-colliery site, situated next to PenPych woodland, the Rhigos
Mountain Road and the Pen y Cymoedd Wind-farm site. The site has
over 200 acres of land, derelict since pit closure in 1978. Due to
its current good condition,
believe this site presents the best opportunity in the Upper Rhondda
Fawr for developing new enterprises based on
natural resources, with associated trackways passing through the
site, and opportunities for biodiversity management.
at site will begin in March 2019 and first phase wood processing
facility will have 5 distinct operations.
firewood processing unit consisting of a log feed table, cross cut
saw, hydraulic splitter unit, drying area and bagging unit
saw log processing area with unloading/loading
this is space for hired-in mobile saw machine service to undertake
work years 1,2 and 3, with a covered air drying area
saw waste and other wood-waste processing unit to produce either
animal bedding pellets, wood chip or fire wood pellets
recycling workshop to design and process high value wood based
recycled products from waste-wood and locally harvested natural
of an 8kW Combined Heat and Power unit (CHP)
provide heat and power.
Square Development (former high street garage site Treherbert,
former petrol station site High Street Treherbert, is owned by
Rhondda Housing Association
and has been cleared and put safe by them. Now on long term lease
with WTOW LTD, to deliver a phased development on the space working
with local people. We have already engaged with over 250 local people
during Oct 2018 consultations, regarding what the site should now be
used for. Many of the community ideas were around sessional market
space / community activity performance /cultural spaces, a place to
learn new skills and meet people.
is an exciting early idea of what our community think could be the
long term future of this site: a multifunctional open access
community space, free Wifi, a demountable bandstand /performance
space made from local timbers, a space for artisan crafters to rent
their secure lock up storage and undercover work/retail space. By
April 2019 the first phase will be completed and the site will be
available as an open air retail and pick-up space for our locally
produced biomass products and recycled / up-cycled wood based
see cys info documents..
critical difference between biomass fuels and fossil fuels is that of
fossil and contemporary carbon. Burning fossil fuels results in
converting stable carbon sequestered millions of years ago into
atmospheric carbon dioxide. Burning biomass fuels however, returns to
the atmosphere contemporary carbon recently taken up by the growing
plant, and currently being taken up by replacement growth. If
wood-fuel is sourced from ‘local
then carbon released from the wood during combustion will be removed
from the atmosphere as the remaining local trees and seedlings
is a “carbon
producing a fraction of the Carbon emissions of fossil fuels. Biomass
can be sourced locally, from within the Rhondda Valley and wider
South Wales Valleys, on an indefinite basis.
establishment of local networks of production and usage allows
financial and environmental costs of transport to be greatly
to security of supply for our customers and our own businesses
sourced biomass can offer other local business opportunities and
support the wider economy.
The use of biomass fuel provides local people an economic incentive
to better manage the local woodland which improves biodiversity and
creates local employment opportunities. Use of wood and all
wood-based products are associated with lower fossil and
process-based emissions when compared to non-wood products.