Valleys Regional Park
Valleys Regional Park (VRP) is a partnership of Welsh organisations, including councils and charities, working with nature to help the south Wales Valleys thrive — environmentally, socially and economically.
The VRP footprint spans from Carmarthenshire to Blaenavon, bordering the Brecon Beacons — and has a network of uplands, woodlands, nature reserves, country parks, rivers, reservoirs, canals, heritage sites and attractions — all interlinked with the towns and villages which are home to around one million people.
With a Network of local attractions, sites, and organisations like the VRP Discovery Gateways, our mission is to improve quality of life, economic prospects, health and wellbeing in the South Wales Valleys. This is achieved by connecting people with the region’s growing green spaces — thereby tackling the nature and climate emergency while promoting active lifestyles.
By connecting people with outdoor initiatives, activities and community projects we are able to create recreational and skills-based learning opportunities across the Valleys — attracting inward investment and making it an attractive place to work, live and visit.
Catch up with the latest news from the team and our partners across our Valleys.
A new chapter in the story of the South Wales Valleys
Since the Valleys Regional Park partnership was established in 2020, the collective efforts of individuals and organisations across the South Wales Valleys has brought a wave of positive change — socially, economically, and environmentally.
Valleys Regional Park – Partnership event
On 6th of July, we hosted an event at Redhouse Cymru in Merthyr Tydfil — to celebrate the achievements of the VRP partnership; recognise the roles our partners play in delivering our ambitions for the Valleys; and look ahead to a greener, healthier future in the South Wales Valleys.
Tributes paid to the environmental Guardians of the South Wales Valleys
On the 29th of March 2023, Valleys Regional Park (VRP) and Groundwork Wales celebrated that its network of community volunteers — the Guardians — have completed nearly 10,000* hours of voluntary work over the last three years. To commemorate this achievement — as well as the 399,497 sq. metres of land improved by the green volunteers* — a special ceremonial event was hosted.
Twelve Discovery Gateways
Our Discovery Gateway sites are just waiting to be explored across
the South Wales Valleys, with each one offering a uniquely enjoyable experience.
Click on the map to find them and start planning your adventure today!
Looking for some family fun for all ages? Get out of the house and come to our Discovery Gateways and you’ll discover loads of new things, find out about The Valleys roots and enjoy exciting activities.
Interested in meeting people and doing good at the same time? We need volunteers right across our VRP communities to help preserve and protect our Valleys.
The rugged landscape of The Valleys provides opportunities to support our health. From quiet walks through beautiful scenery to joining organised groups and activities, there really is something for everyone!
Do you enjoy peace, relaxation or meeting up in the fresh air? Find the perfect spot at the Discovery Gateways or venture out in search of your own special place. There’s magic around every corner!
The Valley Regional Park is funded by the European Structural Fund scheme under Priority 5: Public Services Reform and Regional Working with a total of £981,655. The project will work to establish a new strategic regional collaboration. Working across the traditional local government and administrative boundaries, to deliver the collective ambition set out in the prospectus published by Welsh Government through the Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys to create a Valleys Regional Park (VRP).