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The Taf Bargoed Catchment was a community project delivered by the South East Wales Rivers Trust. Gareth Edge was employed as the Project Officer and his role was to help the local community re connect with Bargod Taf river. The project focussed on three main areas:
- Education – Re-engaging the local primary schools of Trelewis and Bedlinog with the catchment through a series of educational workshops focussing on the river its history, wildlife and habitats.
- Community Engagement – Meaningfully engaging the local community through a series of activities and events such as river clean-ups, and litter picks. Residents can also sign up for accredited training in river restoration. Ultimately the project hopes to encourage the community to become active custodians of their own local river catchment.
- The Environment – improving wetland and river environments through surveying, monitoring, tackling invasive species and maintaining biosecurity.
- Establishing effective Social media networks are vital for this kind of project.
- Due to the weather far more can be achieved in the spring/summer months than in the autumn/winter.
- Record all participation at events not just eligible rural wards as tourism from outside catchment is key to wider project impacts.
- Essential to have back-up ideas and activities when working on river catchment project as work can be affected by future funding applications.
|LD-CL.001||Number of feasibility studies||1||1||Actioned by NRW|
|LD-CD.002||Number of networks established||5||10||Social media networks have been essential to project success|
|LD-CL.003||Number of jobs safeguarded through supported projects|
|LD-CL.004||Number of pilot activities undertaken/supported||1||3||Investigating ways to use mobile technology to engage people with nature.|
|LD-CL.005||Number of community hubs||3||7||6 eligible 1 outside of rural wards|
|LD-CL.006||Number of information actions/promotional and/or marketing activities to raise awareness of the LDS and/ or its projects.||6||35||Events held on the river catchment and in community spaces in eligible rural wards.|
|LD-CL.007||Number of stakeholders engaged||12||24||All key stakeholders outlined in bid engaged|
|LD-CL.008||Number of participants supported||20||600+||Volunteers, event visitors and 3 primary schools every pupil supported.|
The Taf Bargoed Catchment Project is part of 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.