Groundwork North Wales has received funding support to progress with plans to restore, preserve and promote the important built and natural heritage of the Clywedog Valley.

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Development funding of £246,530 has been awarded from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, along with £22,600 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and support funding from partner organisations, to help develop detailed plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant which would support future capital work and community engagement across the Clywedog Valley.

The Clywedog Valley Partnership, led by Groundwork North Wales, is a range of organisations and community groups all with an interest in the heritage of the Clywedog Valley, which runs from the moors above Minera Quarry to King’s Mill just south of Wrexham city centre.

Over the next year, detailed plans will be drawn up to restore and improve the heritage sites for visitors and wildlife, improve accessibility, create and refresh information and interpretation across the valley, and design programmes of community engagement and education for the future. A large amount of initial community consultation has already taken place and Groundwork North Wales are now seeking the community’s in-depth views on the valley to make sure that their thoughts and ideas are fed into these detailed plans.

The partnership has a vision to transform the valley into a thriving, resilient, vibrant and inclusive cultural attraction and community resource; a place to experience history and nature through both quiet enjoyment and a diverse programme of events with wide appeal. The aims are to benefit people both locally and from further afield.

A range of community events and volunteering opportunities are taking place over summer-autumn 2024, with opportunities for people to share feedback and ideas. Groundwork North Wales are also running an online survey where you can share what matters to you about the Clywedog Valley.                                                                           

The community survey can be completed HERE.

For details of project events running over the summer, please see our event page HERE.

This project is made possible thanks to funding from the UK Shared prosperity Fund.

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  • About the Heritage Fund: The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. Using money raised by National Lottery players we support projects that connect people and communities to heritage. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. From historic buildings, our industrial legacy and the natural environment, to collections, traditions, stories and more. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past.
  • Using money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund supports projects that connect people and communities with the UK’s heritage. The Clywedog Valley Heritage Partnership project is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to develop plans to restore, enhance, and engage people with the heritage of the Clywedog Valley.