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.
Held at Bryngarw House in Bridgend, the event celebrated participants of the Valleys Regional Park’s Guardians Scheme, delivered by Groundwork Wales — who are dedicated to engaging with, protecting, and developing the local, natural environments of the South Wales Valleys.
Since 2020, the Guardians have tackled everything from pond restoration and bridge building to pathway maintenance, and wildlife habitat creation and conservation.
Through these activities, the Scheme has supported participants to develop conservation skills, eco-literacy and confidence and improved their employability — all while aiding the climate and nature emergency and securing a 78.5%* wellbeing improvement rate among all participants.
The event saw volunteers, stakeholders and dignitaries come together under one roof at Bryngarw House, to celebrate these achievements.