Respecting the past, celebrating the present and creating a brighter future for people and wildlife!
Earlier this year, we entered the Grow Wild competition to work with Kew Gardens and BIG Lottery to develop a flagship site in Wales that showcases native plants and demonstrates how they benefit people as well as wildlife. We made it through to the public vote which ran between 6th October and 1st November – and we are delighted that we won the public vote and £120K prize to realise Furnace to Flowers to it's full potential! GWT thank everyone who voted for Ebbw Vale's Furnace to Flowers and everyone who helped spread the word during the public vote.
Over the next couple of years, we plan to transform a 25 hectare corridor running through The Works as far as Victoria Gardens at the Festival Park site – demonstrating the potential of post-industrial areas to provide a haven for many species of wildlife as well as beautiful, peaceful places for people to enjoy.
The Furnace to Flowers project has been developed by our Eastern Valleys team, based in Ebbw Vale, in collaboration with partners, including Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Breaking Barriers, Festival Park, Family Integration Project, Barnardos and Aneurin Leisure.