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Valleys Regional Park

The Valleys Regional Park (VRP) is an exciting and dynamic initiative, involving over forty partners, to drive and promote activities related to the environment, tourism and heritage across the south Wales valleys. See www.thevalleys.org.uk

The vision is to enhance and promote the Valleys’ outstanding environmental and cultural assets thereby helping to regenerate the area and change the reality and perceptions of the Valleys as a highly-desirable place to live, work, visit and invest in. 


Groundwork Wales and the Welsh Government, on behalf of the VRP, working with former coalfield regions in Belgium and France have secured funding through the European Interreg IVB programme to develop links between communities, businesses and the natural environment through a project called WECAN (Working together for Economically Prosperous Communities through Assets of Natural Heritage). For more information, visit www.wecan-interregivb.eu.

WECAN is hosted by Groundwork Wales and is currently funded until December 2013.The goal is to use the natural environment as a driver for social and economic regeneration in the south Wales valleys. See www.thevalleys.org.uk for examples of WECAN projects. 



David Llewellyn

David is the co-ordinator for the Valleys Regional Park (VRP) partnership, which is the Welsh partner in WECAN. He heads Work Package 4, which is focused on community engagement, for the WECAN partners.
01443 849 963 / 07967 292 325, david.llewellyn@groundwork.org.uk

Phil Burkhard

Phil is responsible for supporting the operational management of WECAN and taking a lead role with respect to business engagement.
01443 849 965 / 07816 756 509, phil.burkhard@groundwork.org.uk

Becky Ayers

Becky works with the VRP Co-ordinator to liaise with Welsh Government and our European Partners on the finance and administration of the project for VRP.
01443 845 032, becky.ayers@groundwork.org.uk

Julie Hannam

Julie works on the WECAN project in the Western Valleys pilot area - Afan, Llynfi and Garw Valleys - with communities and partner organisations to develop sustainable projects involving the natural environment and heritage.
07500 600 228, julie.hannam@groundwork.org.uk

Jemma Bere

Jemma works on the WECAN project in the Heads of the Valleys pilot areas, supporting communities in the Ebbw Fach valley and Greater Bargoed area to develop sustainable projects which link to the natural environment and heritage.
07554 015 780, jemma.bere@groundwork.org.uk

Katie Wren

Throughout 2012 Katie has worked on a project to secure Community Green Flag Awards across Wales. The project aim is to support the volunteers that care for parks and open spaces to successfully apply for the Community Flag.
01443 844 866 / 07974 718 864, katie.wren@groundwork.org.uk

Businesses in Wales gaining WECAN contracts

71 Businesses £278,277

Business support for green projects

12 Businesses £86,381

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