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Willmott Dixon digs deep to benefit Bryngarw Country Park

Work is underway on a brand-new footpath into Bryngarw Country Park, thanks to community investment from one of the UK’s leading independent construction and property services company Willmott Dixon.

The new 50 metre tarmac footpath will replace the decommissioned bridge and provide safe, inclusive pedestrian access into the 113-acre park from the main Brynmenyn entrance, and two new marked crossing points.

The work is expected to take around a week to complete, so there may be a little disruption around the area from 18 February, but the new footpath should be ready for visitors to use during the forthcoming half-term week.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which manages Bryngarw Country Park, said:

“A regular inspection of the wooden footbridge, used by thousands of walkers entering the Park, found that the structure was beginning to decay. In the interests of visitor safety, our main priority, it was closed off immediately. Dismantling and replacing a similar structure proved to be cost prohibitive, so we were delighted that Willmott Dixon were willing to work with us on providing an alternative, funded solution.

“Thanks to their commitment to investing in their local communities, Willmott Dixon has also helped us to reinstate our historic Beech Avenue. This much-loved area of the park was first planted in 1837, although many of the original trees had died over the last few years due to age or parasitic fungi. We are grateful to Willmott Dixon for replacing and replanting many of the mature trees lost for safety reasons, helping us to preserve the landscape character of Bryngarw for generations to come.”

Jo Charles, Principal Sustainability Lead at Willmott Dixon, added:

“It is a privilege to be working with Bryngarw Country Park, to help restore the natural biodiverse beauty of the area, and to help provide a lasting legacy for the local community. Many of our people helping to restore areas of the Park, enjoy it at the weekends with their families, making it a very personal project. At Willmott Dixon, we have a purpose beyond profit that lies at the heart of everything we do.”