Gelligaer & Merthyr Commoners Association is currently delivering the Tirwedd y Comin Project.
This is a two-year pilot project which will work within the local community to tackle priority issues on the Common such as:
- Fly tipping and littering,
- Fly grazing and abandonment of horses & ponies
- Illegal off roading of vehicles
- General anti-social behavior problems
The main aim of the project is to restore, maintain and protect the Common Landscape to ensure that the custodianship of it can be passed to future generations.
The Gelligaer & Merthyr Common is a CADW designated Historic Landscape and is unique in its value to the rural communities which surround it, from an environmental, social and economic perspective.
The quality of habitat, biodiversity and grazing upon the Common is being degraded due to several issues which ultimately have their basis in negative human interaction with the landscape.
The project will incorporate community education, skills and training to ensure that the balance of the Common can be restored and sustained.
Focusing on land management, habitat restoration (tackling invasive species) and the responsible promotion of the landscape from a tourism and heritage perspective, actions will support farming, rural businesses, rural communities and the upland ecosystem.
The Tirwedd y Comin project has received a grant from the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.