Connecting People and Nature

 A child looking at some bluebells

Connecting People and Nature is an exciting project in the rural wards of Merthyr Tydfil. It supports local people to access green spaces, with the aim of benefiting the health of the landscape, community and individuals.

With support from the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme and in partnership with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, we are running activities in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council owned sites to engage with the local communities of Bedlinog, Vaynor, Bryngoleu and Gellideg.

Our aims for the site

  • Enhance and protect the local biodiversity;
  • Increase local skills and create a sense of ownership at the sites – giving people the confidence to get outdoors in their local area
  • Improve community cohesion
  • Improve health and well-being

In order to safeguard the sites for continued community use in the future, we will work towards having the sites designated as Local Nature Reserves. This will give them permanent legal protection as wildlife havens and community spaces.

We are keen to work with the whole of the community within the four wards of Bedlinog, Vaynor, Bryngoleu and Gellideg, to ensure that the sites are used effectively for all. As such, we would welcome suggestions from everyone.

So far, our participants have been involved with:

  • Practical conservation and habitat management works
  • Wildlife surveys and training
  • Crafts and activities such as green woodworking, willow weaving and mindfulness
  • A 12 week programme using woodland activities to improve people’s health

How you can get involved

We've recently restarted our Volunteer Days, which are open to anyone. They are taking place across four sites:

  • Gellideg Fields, Gellideg
  • Taf Fechan, Trefechan
  • Nant Llwynog Park, Bedlinog
  • Patsy's Field, Aberfan

Come along and help with wildlife surveys, woodland management bird boxes, habitat creation and more. Sessions dates and times vary, so get in touch with Lorna Baggett by email or by phone 07812 063444 if you'd like to get involved.

During Covid-19, we've been working online to help people connect to nature and woodlands at home and in their local area (click here to find out how we can support you).

Two people sitting in a woodland doing woodland crafts


Meet the Connecting People and Nature team


Anna Stickland
Connecting People and Nature Engagement Officer
07765 213514

 Photo of Lorna Baggett

Lorna Baggett
Wildlife Trust Officer

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