The Award Winning Caerphilly Landscape Partnership is a collaborative project with Caerphilly County Borough Council and local community groups including Caerphilly Woodlands Trust, funded through the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Management Scheme which is part of the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
After many discussions were held with community groups, a multi-functional approach landscape masterplan, based on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, was created by WYG Landscape Architects, co-produced by working with Caerphilly County Borough Council and local community groups.
The plan was sensitively created to bring about making the landscapes work harder for all the diverse end-users, improving resilience to climate change and based on the resources available to manage the landscape in a sustainable and practical way.
Our project area was across a diverse landscape surrounded by the densely populated urban areas of Caerphilly, Cardiff and Newport. Our unique landscape has been and is under pressure in relation to landscape management and recreational access. In many ways our project area represents a microcosm of the South Wales landscape, a landscape that needed to be better connected to urban areas, particularly St. James which was ranked as the most deprived community in Wales in 2014
The study was directed and carried out by a WYG team of chartered landscape architects, working closely with us the community groups, CCBC and a GIS consultant. The study provided an ambitious set of proposals to facilitate a sustainable and collaborative approach to landscape management and public access, an approach thought to become an exemplar for sustainable landscape management in South Wales. Our plan, designed by WYG, was for practical application to provide meaningful benefit to people, landscape, heritage and ecology.
This collaborative approach developed a high degree of community and landowner buy in, resulting in a landscape managed in a collaborative and sustainable way to benefit biodiversity, heritage and the wellbeing of residents and visitors through improved access to landscape and nature and to tackle competing multiple priorities between different user groups to create a more resilient and multi-functional landscape.
The Masterplan produced by WYG was winner of the ‘Local Landscape Planning’ category at the Royal Chartered body Landscape Institute Awards (LIAwards 2019). The prestigious Awards Ceremony was held at the Troxy in London on Thursday 28th November where also attending, Sir David Attenborough was presented a lifetime achievement award for connecting people, place and nature around the world. The judges were astounded with the standards of entries and were delighted to be able to Award WYG recognition of their outstanding work.
Lee Morris, Director – WYG Architects said
“this was a complete team effort from start to finish, from the quality and ambition of the brief, the commitment and enthusiasm of the community groups together with the guidance and encouragement of the countryside’s team at CCBC”.#LIAwards2019 @WYGgroup @Attenborough #greeninfrastructure
As a result of the project we now have a Community Ranger supported by CCBC who is employed to help all our partners deliver the Caerphilly Landscape Partnership action plan.
Caerphilly Woodlands Trust is proud to be part of the co production of the project