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Ynysybwl is a former mining village with a community of about 5,500 nestled in a small valley between the Rhondda and Cynon valleys. The landscape surrounding the village, and leading from it into the Llanwonno forest, is our greatest asset.

The Vision is of sustainable tourism and local engagement with the amenities of the village and the landscape

We want to create links from a village hub into the forest, improving walking, cycling and pony tracks, encouraging appreciation of the heritage of the valley, also improving existing green amenities in the community. We intend to develop small enterprises along the length of the valley linking the heart of the community to a destination project in the forest. We want to create skills, enterprises, and health outcomes as well as a legacy of greater engagement and community ownership

We will be building on existing assets and improving our green infrastructure. The social fabric of the village is already there but it needs more facilities, more linking up and extension to unengaged parts of the community and we have plans for this partly based on the old pit site. We want to create a single hub point to develop more visitor facilities and better access to the forest, with different amenities along the way.

We intend to sustain the village green spaces and the village pool, improve tracks and signage and bring to life the heritage of the area. Our plan is also to improve the stewardship of our area through greater involvement and training of local people.

The plan is to access other funding as well to drive our three priorities – a village hub; green infrastructure and local energy - through local engagement and working better together.

We hope to achieve: A village hub for all to share and enjoy; small green enterprises; an outdoor classroom for the school; a splash pad for children and families; better access and signage of the routes along the valley into the forest; a visitor destination point in the forest; more visitors and more local engagement; a healthier community; more appreciation and knowledge of our heritage; and, greater involvement in our landscape.


Ynysybwl, Rhondda Cynon Taf


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