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News & Events Archive.


The following item and photographs was sent in by Joanne Bartlett who is the Nantyglo Communities First Co-ordinator.

The Friday Project involves young people who are on the alternative curriculum program with Blaenau Gwent Education and Communities First volunteers.  It is held at Parc Nant-y-Waun Nantyglo on a weekly basis. The project is intergenerational, bringing together people of all ages, with an aim to take part in manual work experience, whist improving the biodiversity and providing informal learning. Ultimately this work has improved the site for public use as well as enabling relationships to build in the community and everyone to learn.

The Friday project’ was born out of consultation with the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), the Friends of Parc Nant y Waun and Nantyglo Communities First.  The aim of the project was to engage young people who are deemed disengaged, to create a wildflower bed in partnership with Communities First volunteers for the Parc.  CCW were interested in how the volunteers could encourage sustainability. The project proved to be a great success, with young people and adult volunteers engaging in activities that would help their health, wellbeing and future employability.

To date the young people have created a worm farm, fishing pegs, a bird buffet, painted fences, cleared the pond of weed and much more to improve the habitat for the wildlife and maintain the area for public use.  One volunteer has successfully obtained work as a result of his volunteering.


A swan was badly injured by a fishing hook and line, Swan Rescue - South Wales was contacted and they rescued the swan.

The three photographs below, show some of the rescue, but to find out the full story, please click on the link below to the Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands website and also a link to the Swan Rescue website.

 Beaufort Hill

Ponds & Woodlands website.


In the Pink Charity Walk - Sunday September 11th 2011

The Ebbw Fach Trail Group in partnership with the Trustees of "In the Pink" held the 3rd Annual Charity walk on Sunday 11th September. Over 60 walkers took part and raised over £2k

The Walk started in Parc Nant-y-Waun with an official opening of the new pathway between Beaufort and Winchestown, John Hill, the Secretary of the "Friends of Parc Nant-y-Waun" thanked Mr Ian Cole of BGCBC for his help in securing the funding from the Welsh Government through the "Safe Routes in the Community Scheme". The path was opened by Wendy Cahill, trustee of "In the Pink" who thanked the walkers for turning out in such bad weather and said it was through such efforts that "In the Pink" have raised almost £1m in ten years.

The Great Ebbw Challenge 16th - 18th Sept 2011


Clean up of the Ebbw Fach River at Parc Arael Griffin.

The photograph above, shows what was collected from the river clean up held September 16th at Parc Arael Griffin, Former Colliery Site Six Bells.

The River clean up was organised by Keep Wales Tidy and supported by Six Bells Communities First. Aimee Phillips of Six Bells Communities First would like to thank all volunteers that attended, including pupils from Abertillery Comprehensive School and a big thanks top to Thom Board from Keep Wales Tidy.

The following Email was received from Thom Board of Keep Wales Tidy.

Sorry that it has taken a while to get this email sent, but I just wanted to sincerely thank everyone for their help, support and participation in last week’s Great Ebbw Challenge. Whether you attended the events or helped by spreading the word or organising equipment, it all still counts towards making our rivers cleaner and improving our local environment. My special thanks goes to Aimee and Mair at Six Bells Communities First for keeping us feed and watered on Friday.

Although Sunday’s event was cancelled due to the amount of rain we had over the weekend, we still managed to collect a total of 234 bags of rubbish, 26 tyres, 14 shopping trolleys and approximately 2.5 tonnes of loose waste. Projects like this are great, as they have an instant impact and allow you to see exactly how much of a difference you have made, but we can’t stop there. If you would be interested in taking part in future projects, please just let me know.


Thank you once again and best regards,

Thom Board

Project Officer, Blaenau Gwent

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