The Rhondda Skyline Project

The Rhondda Skyline Project is a collaboration between the community and a number of organisations including, Welcome to Our Woods, RHA Wales, The Green Valleys CIC, Wood Knowledge Wales, The National Lottery and the Welsh Government.

It aims to give local residents control over the mountains and woodlands surrounding the Upper Rhondda Fawr through the founding of a Community Land Trust. This Trust will secure the rights to the land from National Resource Wales, the body that currently manages it, and allow local people to decide how it is used and what projects can be funded to benefit the community it surrounds.

Our Team

Community Engagement Team

The Rhondda Skyline Engagement Team is comprised of Ken Moon as Community Engagement Coordinator, on secondment from Interlink RCT, working with Cam Elizabeth and Mike Erskine from Mud & Thunder on stewardship and ambassador recruitment and Richard Weaver from Citizens Cymru on developing the Community Land Trust. Our main purpose is to look at ways of involving local residents in the development of the project.

We have several ways that local residents can show support and/or get involved:

  • Show that enough people in the area want this to happen through the pledge
  • Become an Ambassador to help develop the vision with the wider community
  • Become a Member of the Community Land Trust
  • Become a Director of the Community Land Trust

To find out more about how you can get involved complete the supporters pledge.

Alternatively, you can contact Ken Moon, Engagement Coordinator, Rhondda Skyline on Mob: 07873 658723 or email ken@rhonddaskyline.org for details on upcoming workshops or check our Social Media pages.

As the Community Land Trust is forming we will share further information about who the directors are.

Our Partners

RHA is a Housing Association based in Rhondda Cynon Taff. We are one of the oldest Associations in Wales with over 40 years’ experience of delivering high-quality services to tenants and stakeholders. Our mission is to provide quality homes, regenerate communities and improve lives.

We own and manage more than 1800 homes and properties and provide a range of services for over 3000 people living in our communities. We work in partnership with the Welsh Government and the Local authority to build new homes for rent, delivering a significant proportion of the new affordable housing in the region.

We are one of the area’s largest employers, and our team of 70 staff work with our partners and suppliers to deliver more than just housing. Our holistic approach to our work ensures that we strive to build sustainable communities and improve the lives of those around us.

All our activities are governed by our Board and we are regulated by the Welsh Government.

www.rhawales.com

The Green Valleys is a multi-award winning Community Interest Company based in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. We inspire and support communities to generate sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits through transition to a low carbon emission future.

Climate change is the biggest challenge we face. By working together we can find solutions that benefit our communities for generations to come. Since 2009 we have worked alongside numerous communities, supporting successful projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency and biodiversity improvements. Contact us if you think we can help your community.

www.thegreenvalleys.org

Welcome To Our Woods is a community partnership based at Treherbert in the Upper Rhondda Fawr. Our projects are making local natural resources more useful & relevant to our community and region.

We have been operating in our current format since 2014, developing from ideas and initiatives from activity that had been going on in the area from around 2009. Our Partnership has become a blend of local private sector businesses and landowners, statutory government and agencies, voluntary sector organisations, local community groups and individuals who offer their time and skills. In 2018 the Partnership was awarded the ‘Sustainable Community Award’ from the Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales organisation for its work in the Upper Rhondda Fawr.

The Welcome To Our Woods Partnership continues to develop new ways of connecting people and place in the Rhondda. Sustainably managing local resources and local spaces for health, wellbeing, recreation, training and employment outcomes. Our work focuses on finding solutions to overcome related social problems.

www.welcometoourwoods.org

We champion the development of wood-based industries for increased prosperity and wellbeing in Wales. We harness the collective spirit of businesses and organisations to put trees, timber processing and wood products at the heart of the green growth agenda in Wales. Our ambition is to increase the market for wood, find ways to use wood better and to increase the supply and value of the homegrown resource. We are a not for profit, for public good, membership organisation. Guided by our collaborative and cross-sector network of members, Woodknowledge Wales seeks to inspire a movement capable of leading a dramatic expansion of the forestry and wood-based industries in Wales.

www.woodknowledge.wales

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We listen, collaborate and fund so that good things happen. That’s why we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen.

Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone. There are 12 distributors of money raised by the players of The National Lottery, which fund projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage, and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture. In 2019/20 we awarded over £588 million, and 83% of our grants were under £10,000. On the 29th January 2019 the Big Lottery Fund became known as The National Lottery Community Fund. This new brand name clearly shows what we do and who we do it for, positioning us as part of The National Lottery family.

www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

The Welsh Government’s approach to supporting and developing the foundational economy will focus on three areas:

£4.5m Foundational Economy Challenge Fund: This will support a series of experimental projects that will enable us, with the help our partners, to test how we can best support the foundational economy and which Government interventions work best.

A renewed focus on growing the ‘missing middle’: We want to increase the number of grounded firms in Wales and establish a firm base of medium sized Welsh firms which are capable of selling outside Wales but have decision making rooted firmly in our communities.

Spreading and scaling best practice: We will start looking at social value within procurement. We will support Public Service Boards to use and strengthen local supply chains. The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act methods will help us make quick progress.

“Our new £4.5m fund will test innovative ways of supporting and growing our foundational economy so that we can spread good practice right across Wales. I want it to fund experimental projects that are collaborative and innovative, test which Governmental interventions works best and challenge the conventional ways of doing things.”

Lee Waters AM
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

www.gov.wales/foundational-economy