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Celebrating an award-winning regeneration project

A regeneration project using approximately 75% recycled or reclaimed materials to create an attractive and educational environment known as Coity Tip trail and linking Big Pit to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway and Garn Lakes has won a prestigious BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) award.

To celebrate the new Coity Tip trail, Big Pit, Torfaen County Borough Council and the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway will be hosting a special event on Wednesday, 12 December.


The trail was developed by Big Pit, Torfaen County Borough Council, Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, and managed by Blakedown Landscapes (Operations) Ltd. It was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Heads of the Valleys Initiative and the Department for Economy and Transport.


The nature walk around Coity Tip comprises a boardwalk around the tip pond, interpretation panels and a trail leaflet. This opens up an area which was previously inaccessible. It was launched in June 2007 and has been well used by locals and visitors alike throughout the summer and autumn.


The celebration event will take place at 10.30 am on Wednesday 12 December in the Miners’ Canteen at Big Pit, and will include a formal presentation of the award to Peter Walker, Mine Manager, Big Pit by David Spencer, of the British Association of Landscape Industries.


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For further information, photographs and interview opportunities, please contact:

Kathryn Stowers, Communications Officer, Amgueddfa Cymru

(01495) 796416 / 07970 017210