Working Differently in Merthyr Tydfil

Set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the town of Merthyr Tydfil is surrounded by some of the most spectacular countryside in Wales.

This former mining community ...

This former mining community, with a population of around 30,000 people, has a rich industrial history but does experience its share of challenges. Unemployment and economic inactivity due to long term ill health is the main cause of poverty in the area, but - as Cynefin Place Coordinator Norma Greene has discovered - there is lots of potential for the area to generate more income.

Merthyr's heritage of historic landscapes ...

Merthyr's heritage of historic landscapes, towns, villages and buildings is a valuable - but potentially vulnerable - asset. Many of these areas of historic importance are associated with the coal or iron industries of the past and could have huge value as a tourist attraction. Norma is working to ensure that the community are involved and have a say in the management and future of these assets.

With Merthyr experiencing high levels ...

With Merthyr experiencing high levels of chronic or long-term ill health, related to smoking, obesity and mental health issues, Norma is also exploring ways that health and wellbeing can be improved when the community has better access to the high-quality green space around them for exercise, recreation and relaxation. Read more about this here.


Cynefin Merthyr

Cynefin Merthyr

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council ...

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is custodian of 619 hectares of publicly owned open space, including one country park, five borough parks and six community parks as well as forests, woods and common land. Norma has been working closely with the local authority and various community groups to identify the reasons why this green space isn't used more often by members of the local community. With the help of partners and the community itself, Norma hopes that Cynefin can help to remove these barriers to protect, improve, promote and provide access to the natural assets that are right on their doorstep - giving every member of the community the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.


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