Discovery Gateway

Bryngarw Country Park has been designated as one of eleven Discovery Gateway sites by Welsh Government, as part of the Valleys Regional Park initiative. This initiative aims to recognise and maximise the potential of the natural and cultural heritage of the South Wales Valleys to generate social, economic and environmental benefits. As well as becoming destinations in their own right, by improving their offer for local people and visitors, Discovery Gateway sites will work in partnership, to make the most of the world-class and diverse landscapes on our doorstep. In September 2019, First Minister Mark Drakeford and Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, with responsibility for the Valleys Taskforce, Lee Waters, announced that Bryngarw Country Park would receive £500,000 towards a broad range of projects including the development of a new education centre, and facilities to promote active travel. It will also fund the development of biodiversity within the park, including planting trees and the creation of a wildlife pond. Bryngarw Country Park will work with Parc Slip to become a joint gateway to the Garw, Ogwr and Llynfi Valleys.


How will we use the funding? +


  • The path to the Oriental Garden will be resurfaced.
  • A variety of equipment to enhance our indoor and outdoor events will be bought.
  • Low-level lighting in the main carpark and along the pathway from the visitor centre to Bryngarw House will be installed.


  • A new, dedicated education centre will be built overlooking the wooded river valley.
  • The area around the new education centre will be landscaped.
  • Natural play equipment will be provided.
  • A bike shelter will be installed to encourage visitors to cycle to the park.
  • The boardwalk through the wet woodland area will be upgraded.
  • A new pond will be created and trees planted.
  • The visitor centre will be upgraded.
  • New interpretation, both inside the visitor centre and throughout the park, will help to educate, engage and inspire visitors.
  • An innovative virtual reality experience, in collaboration with Parc Slip, will be developed.


  • Additional signage will be installed around the park.
  • Solar panels will be added to the visitor centre roof.
  • (Please note that whilst these activities are in loose chronological order, they are subject to change.)