Crynant Community Council has successfully gained funding from the NRW to improve the accessibility of paths in the Forestry above Crynant.
St Illtyd’s walk cuts right through the forestry to Abergarwed and Resolven, and the other forestry paths drop right down to several points in the village, Pen Pentre, Brynawel and the Crynant East carpark opposite Cefn Coed Colliery.
Crynant East has spectacular views both across the valley and up to the Brecon Beacons.
The main work will take place in the spring of 2019. The project aims to provide comprehensive way marking and mapping, perching and seating stops, and interpretive panels with information on the geography, history and biodiversity of the forest.
We will also work to enhance the beauty and biodiversity of the forest. Activities such as chainsaw art, enrichment planting and invasive plant treatment will make the forestry an attractive and healthy area for the members of our community to enjoy.
In addition, a camera will be set up to record the habitat and footage will be available to view at the Community Centre.
The forestry and our community
Crynant Community Council have for some time been supporting efforts by the Dulais Valley medical team to improve health in our Valley. As part of these efforts, a walking club will be set up and volunteers trained to undertake practical and voluntary ranger duties.
Eventually, the community council might be able to reopen the carpark during daylight hours and the forestry will be open for workshops. The forestry might even attract tourism, although improving the health and wellbeing of Crynant residents is always our priority.