Ystradgynlais - Diamond Park Phase 2

Diamond Park was a former area of industrial activity with the name Diamond deriving from the hard nature of the coal that was previously mined in the land area of the park. Following reclamation the land eventually transferred in ownership to the Ystradgynlais Town Council in 1987 piecemeal development - limited by lack of funding - took place until 2004 whereupon problems were incurred by the indiscriminate burning of the gorse which has invaded the site. It was decided by the Town Council in conjunction with other interested parties to try and improve matters.

Following discussion it was agreed to pursue an option of developing a recreational park aimed at enhancing the natural elements that were available at the park namely - indigenous trees, panoramic views from a high point, two existing registered rights of way, a lower plateau area, streams and its proximity to the nearby Wern Plemys Nature Reserve.

A partnership approach was adopted and a project team led by the Ystradgynlais Town Council in conjunction with the Forestry Commission, Community First Ystradgynlais and Powys County Council. Further assistance was obtained from the Probation Service, Environmental Agency and volunteer labor including local school children. A first phase initiative was agreed aimed at substantially removing the gorse, improving the woodland by thinning and new planting and improving access through the provision of metalled footpaths and new footbridge crossings.

The project was awarded a sum of £31,080.00 from WREN which went towards further improvements including; a hard landscaped viewing area - bench seating/surfacing/industrial art, construction of disability friendly footpath, provision of riverside walk and landscaping of fringe areas

The views from the top of the park are spectacular and it is well worth the walk up.

 

Project Details

Area
West Glamorgan
Project types
Community
Started
Oct 08, 2007
Finished
Mar 21, 2008
Location
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Grant Information

Scheme
FCC Community Action Fund
Grant allocated
£31,080.00
Project cost
£85,470.00

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