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My Green Space

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We all need places for relaxation and escape, for exercise and recreation, and our parks and green space provide this. They also help to build a sense of community. This is why they always score at the top of what people regard as important, whether they are a resident or are just visiting.

My Green Space Logo

The My Green Space campaign aims to raise awareness through a primarily, although not exclusively, social media engagement campaign about the green spaces that people within the County Borough value and why.  Through a dynamic and engaging approach, engagement will encourage people to celebrate the green spaces that matter to them, through a variety of media and range of content as considered appropriate - image, video, audio, text, etc. 

Escape, exercise and relax. ‪#‎mygreenspace‬ an exciting new campaign to encourage people to access green spaces, parks, recreation and nature close to their homes and work.

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We believe that all people should have access to green spaces, parks, recreation and nature close to their homes and work.  We want to work with communities to identify what value is placed on individual green spaces by residents and barriers to their use.

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As the campaign develops we hope to engage with the public and inspire green space use by local people. These may not just include the nature reserves and local parks which we are promoting but areas of urban green space which are often overlooked.  We hope people will share their green spaces important to them.

We understand that in many cases it may not be immediately apparent that some green spaces are valued by the communities around them. This campaign provides an opportunity for the local people to highlight their local green spaces important to them, how they use and/or would like to use these spaces.

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The campaign will be launched from the community section of the Natural Neighbourhoods platform and we have spent the last year creating engaging, imaginative and dynamic content to run alongside this campaign that relates to key Local sites such as Local Nature Reserves.

Bryngarw Bushwaka

Bryngarw Bushwaka

Bryngarw Bushwaka

This year sees the introduction of an exciting new programme for Bryngarw, with a series of specialist Bushcraft courses running throughout the year. To launch this programme, we are holding our first ever Bryngarw Bushwaka event on Saturday 13th April 11am - 5pm.
Go native and explore the world of bushcraft and experience traditional wilderness living skills at this family event. Bushcraft demonstrations and workshops will be on going throughout the day.  Activities to include Friction Fire Lighting, Willow Weaving, Foraging Walks, Campfire Cooking, Shelter Building, Falconry Display, Chainsaw Carving, Story Telling in a giant Tipi and many more. There will also be bushcraft related stalls and if you are interested in the natural environment and traditional skills there will also be an opportunity to meet local craft and conservation groups. Admission: Free (£2.50 car parking)
For further information tel. 01656 815332
t: @BridgendBites
f: Bridgend-Bites

Celebration of the Year of the Bat

The rangers at Bryngarw Country Park in Brynmenyn, Bridgend have a programme of spring guided walks that will allow you to explore the award winning 113 acres of spectacular parkland whilst learning all about the fantastic wildlife on your doorstep.
In celebration of the Year of the Bat (2011-2012), the park which boasts Bridgend County Borough Council’s largest picturesque landscape, is offering the unique opportunity to discover the fascinating world of bats, during an exciting after dark guided walk on Tuesday 17 May from 8.15pm.
Setting off at sundown, tune in to the night time and identify different species of bats using habitat clues and ultrasound detectors.
Admission is £2 per person with free car park. Please note this event is weather dependant. Advanced booking is essential as places are limited.

For further details call the rangers office on 01656 725155 or email

Bryngarw Country Park voted number 13 as the ‘people’s choice’ destination in the top 50 valleys essentials.

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Wood, Garlic, Milk and Pigs.

Garlic Woods, originally uploaded by me'nthedogs.

What more do you need. Love this place, it’s called Ty Tanglwyst, (which is a mouthful even for the Welsh to pronounce!). A 4 star holiday cottages located on a farm just outside Bridgend in what is little known countryside straddling the M4 in South Wales. The cottages are traditional Welsh farm cottages with an incredible history dating back centuries. But what I really like is that this is authentic, a working farm that produces a very successful and high quality brand of milk from their herd of dairy cows which form very much part of the experience when you stay here. You can take part in the milking and also feed the young calves too. They’re great, and so are the pigs. Recently, a number of us under the guidance of Coed Cymru and the Bridgend Countryside and Tourism Unit, had the pleasure of working in the ancient woodland on site, as part of a woodland management programme. It really gives you a sense of nature and history. Its hardly surprising that some local historians claim that there was once an old medieval village on this site and even a graveyard (but that’s stretching it a bit!). When we visited, the woods were alive with wild garlic, bluebells and even a woodpecker. Returning to the farm, forget your wine, we had a milk tasting session in the courtyard!