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Tranquil, greener and cleaner places projects 2013-14

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We are working to monitor, manage and reduce air pollution in Wales.
The effect of different types of environmental noise.
Areas of urban tranquillity may include public open spaces. These have less environmental noise than the surrounding roads.
We funded local authority projects to create tranquil green spaces and improve air quality for poorer communities.

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Blaenau Gwent

We provided £31,750 for work in Six Bells Renewal Area. The works will transform derelict scrub land into accessible tranquil natural green spaces near the river and linking to the Ebbw Fach Trail. The work includes clearing litter, planting trees, shrubs and flowers, walling, fencing and furniture.


We have awarded £38,500 to enable a tranquil pocket park to be created in an area that currently hasn’t enough accessible natural green space. The project came from a community consultation. It aims to help improve a rundown deprived area that provides a route into the town centre.

We provided £60,000 to kick start the regeneration of the historic Navigation Colliery. This is an important heritage site that could become a valuable resource for the local community once environmental issues on site have been appropriately addressed.


We provided £74,000 for the creation of a sensory garden designed to stimulate a range of senses (sight, sound, scent, touch), together with path works to ensure ease of access to the garden from Heath Hospital. The garden is expected to benefit hospital staff, patients (including those with walking and sensory disabilities) and visitors as well as local residents.


We provided £39,000 for green infrastructure improvements in Rhyl. This work will be split into 3 sub-projects. These will:

  • restore and improve access to the Rhyl Harbour Dunes to complement the economic regeneration of the harbour and provide accessible green space to the nearby Communities First area
  • turn disused premises previously susceptible to crime into high quality green space
  • develop woodland access and a community food growing project at Bruton Park.


We have awarded £24,860 funding for 2 Abergavenny town centre green space projects. The first project will regenerate a piece of derelict land in Bailey Park as a sensory garden. The park will link a Communities First area and the town centre. It will provide a tranquil green space for local people away from the noise and pollution of the busy A40. The other project will improve access to the Castle Meadows site, providing a path across a muddy field.

Neath Port Talbot

We provided £62,972 for works on Neath Canal, from Briton Ferry to Neath town centre. The project will restore the canal towpath as a route for walkers and cyclists, in a tranquil environment away from traffic noise and pollution. The project includes repairs and enhancements to the towpath surface and the cutting back of overgrowth. The towpath goes through some of the most deprived areas of Neath Port Talbot (in part a Communities First area), providing access to local people along its length.

Rhondda Cynon Taf

We have awarded £25,267 for a traffic management project in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The project will introduce traffic control measures to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide in a relatively deprived area where pollution levels currently breach mandatory EU limits. Four areas of concern will be targeted:

  • Aberdare town centre
  • Cymmer
  • Llwynypia 
  • Mountain Ash town centre.

The project will use monitoring data to optimise traffic light control sequencing to minimise the time vehicles spend at junctions. This should reduce air pollution at these hotspots.


We provided £70,000 for green space improvements in Brynmelin Park, in one of the most deprived parts of Swansea. The work will include:

  • creating an education space
  • building a storytelling space with seating
  • resurfacing of a “kick about” area and footpaths
  • planting
  • improving railing 
  • installing a mural painting.

We have awarded £28,750 for the Swansea Bay Wildlife Corridor. The work will include:

  • controlling illegal access
  • stabilising dunes
  • removing scrub and invasive species
  • voluntary events 
  • other activities to restore the quality of the Swansea Bay shoreline.


We provided £61,125 to help create a new off-road greenway alternative route for walking and cycling away from the busy and noisy B4246 Snatchwood Road. The new route will contribute to the local authority’s plans for a new walking and cycling route connecting Abersychan to Pontypool.

Vale of Glamorgan

We have awarded £22,917 for the Caldy Close Open Space Improvement Project. The project will regenerate a bleak piece of grass in the deprived Gibbonsdown area of Barry. It will link with Communities First and a local primary school to encourage greater participation in outdoor activity by families with small children. The project involves:

  • tree planting
  • creating a natural play area
  • improving paths
  • installing a post and rail boundary.


We provided £20,881 for the Solway Banks Improvement Programme. This project will improve the environmental quality of a large, bleak, grassy space in a Communities First area of Wrexham which lacks natural green space.

This work will include:

  • improving paths
  • installing fencing and safety barriers 
  • planting trees and shrubs 
  • improving access.

We have awarded £15,426.50 for the Caia Park Improvement Programme. The programme will improve a large green space in a Communities First area and link up and build on woodland planting funded by the Forestry Commission. Works will include:

  • improving paths
  • planting trees and hedges
  • installing benches and bins
  • ground works 
  • planting wildflower seeds.