Sustainable Community Winner
Welcome to our Woods - A Natural Future Upper Rhondda
Welcome to Our Woods ‘A Natural Future’ is developing new ways of connecting people and place, managing natural resources and local spaces differently for health, well-being, training and employment outcomes.
It believes in valuing and building on its strengths and assets, which it says are the amazing people, communities and landscape in the Upper Rhondda. There are strong family and community networks where people work together and support each other. There vibrant community organisations and a wonderful landscape. By harnessing these strengths and assets and bring people together, it is creating an opportunity to redefine and regenerate the Upper Rhondda.
The not for profit community company WTOW LTD has been created to facilitate the partnership, its activities and provide leadership. Today it has many partners that form the Welcome to our Woods partnership, including local community members, local businesses and third sector partners.
Organisations involved over the past year include Valleys Kids, Lais y Coedwig, Actif Woods Coed Lleol, Keep Wales Tidy, Blaencwm Chapel Groups (Tynewydd), Penyrenglyn School, Penpych School, Ysgol Hen Felin School, Ysgol Cymraeg Ynyswen, Active Nutrition, Interlink RCT, The Green Valley Hydro TGV, Rhondda Housing Association, Spectacle Theatre, Glamorgan Fungus Society, Stronger Rhondda, Natural Resources Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council, South Wales Police, South Wales Fire Service, British Transport Police, Department Work Pensions JCP, Cwm Taf University Health Board (NHS), Purple Shoots and Llangattock Green Valleys Community Coop.