Enhancing the Local Environment

Rural wards in Torfaen comprise a varied landscape of moorland common, small-holdings and small farms, conifer and broadleaved woodland, wetlands, watercourses and waterbodies. Colliery spoil and abandoned industrial sites and features reflect the industrial legacy associated with iron and coal production, together with associated extractive industries.

 The north and eastern boundaries of Torfaen abut the Brecon Beacons National Park and indicates the underlying qualities of this northern section of the County Borough. This is complemented by the designation of the historic industrial landscapes around Blaenavon as a world heritage site, and the area being on the register of Landscapes of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales.

 This project aims to broaden the understanding of opportunities to create a sustainable local environment through protecting and enhancing Torfaen’s natural landscape.

 Project activities include:  

  •  Developing training and mentoring schemes for farmers, landowners and professionals
  •  Improving on farm training to increase rural skills, enhance the local environment and manage problematic issues such as bracken and wildfires
  •  Developing opportunities for land based production such as timber supply, wood fuel and innovative use of bracken waste
  •  Physical improvements to enhance the appearance of the landscape, improve biodiversity, capture carbon and encourage visitors
  •   Assisting farms in the rural areas of Torfaen to increase the use of micro-renewable sources of energy
  •  Collaborative activity across Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly focused on upland management and tackling landscape crime

 If you would like more information contact Alvin.Nicholas@torfaen.gov.uk or telephone 01495 742418.