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Pontygwaith Nature Reserve

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The Opportunity

Gŵyl Taf is a multi-year project that is celebrating the recovery of the River Taff over the past decades from a grossly polluted waterway, used by industry and the public alike to dispose of unwanted effluents, to a thriving river that supports migratory sea trout and salmon. One of the elements of the project is to restore and improve the nature reserve at Pontygwaith. This area is currently unmanaged and would benefit from a range of improvements, which will be undertaken by volunteers. These improvements will lead to improved habitats and biodiversity for wildlife and amenity for local people

The Location

The nature reserve is located in Rhondda Cynon Taff, next to Quakers Yard railway station. It is located either side of the Trevithick tram road, and is bounded on one side by the River Taff.

In-Kind Support Required


Type of Support Required

There are some opportunities for donations of materials such as pressure treated timber to construct and rebuild pathways and steps, and also to build benches. Fencing materials will allow us to improve some of the boundaries to the nature reserve, while hardcore or crushed stone will allow the riverside path to be reinstated. There may also be opportunities for volunteers to work on eradicating invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and bracken in areas of the reserve.

Financial Support Required


Value of Support Required

A number of improvements would be enabled by a grant to the Trust. These include the purchase and planting of trees in some areas of the reserve, and the creation of a wild flower meadow in one particular part. We would also like to design and install interpretation boards highlighting some of the natural aspects of the reserve, and purchase trees for planting, possibly creating a community orchard.

Local Name and Contact Details

Jonathan Mead, Operations Director, South East Wales Rivers Trust – jonathan_mead@btinternet.com

Jennifer Pilkington, Gŵyl Taf Project Officer – jenniferpilkington@gwyltaf.org.uk  

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