Pontyclun Environment Group

Pontyclun Environment group logo

Origins

Pontyclun Environment Group (PEG) is a member and volunteer organisation that operates in the Pontyclun Community Council area.

This covers the communities of Talygarn, Castell y Mwnws, Brynsadler, Pontyclun, Miskin, Pantaquesta and Groesfaen.

The Group’s history can be found in the Pontyclun Museum here

Purpose

The Environment Group will work within the communities of Pontyclun to improve and promote the natural environment in the area, helping to safeguard it for future generations.

Focus of Activities

Environment group in action

PEG’s main focus is managing a riverside walk and woodland at Brynsadler Mill on land owned by Pontyclun Community Council, reflecting its origins as Pontyclun Community Trust. Work on this land is the subject of an agreement between PEG and the Community Council. It includes:

  • Maintenance of riverside walk footpath
  • Litter picking
  • Woodland management
  • Maintenance of fence between the footpath and meadow

In addition, PEG works in partnership with public organisations and members of the local community on other environmental projects, such as litter pick events and activities, like nature walks or grass collection, to encourage sustainable management and positive interaction with the area’s public green spaces.

Aims – Working in Partnership

PEG will work with Pontyclun Community Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to support sustainable management of land owned by these Councils within the Pontyclun Community Council area

PEG will work with public organisations such as Keep Wales Tidy, Llais y Goedwig and Wildlife Trust to help promote ecological biodiversity and protect the natural environment within the Pontyclun Community Council area.

Aims – Working with the Community

Environment group volunteers

PEG will work with communities covered by Pontyclun Community Council to encourage volunteer participation in environmental activities. The community activities that PEG can undertake include:

  • Litter picking events and loan of litter picking equipment
  • Himalayan ‘Balsam Bashing’ events to reduce this invasive species
  • ‘Grab a rake’ grass collection after hay cutting to promote wildflowers in verges
  • Nature walks and talks led by experts

PEG’s will assist residents and visitors to enjoy the area’s natural environment by promoting:

  • Publicly-owned green spaces as community amenities
  • The 3Rs of recycling – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Information about its work and activities e.g. through social media and Pontyclun.net

PEG will encourage local people to support its work by becoming Members (PEG does not receive any funding other than memberships/donations and incurs regular costs in the form of insurance; equipment for litter picking; tools for maintenance etc.) The Annual Membership Fee is £1 per person plus a suggested annual donation of £9.

The group is organised by a group of officers who elected annually at the group’s annual general meeting. Information about the key roles can be found here

In undertaking its community work, PEG will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the Group and its volunteers:

  • Comply with applicable environmental laws
  • Take necessary health and safety precautions
  • Avoid undertaking activities that can spread Japanese Knotweed
  • Don’t work on privately-owned land, unless invited to do so by a landowner and the land in question is accessible to the public, e.g. for a litter pick on a designated public footpath when it has been requested by the landowner

Contact us

There are a number of ways you can contact us

Telephone 07850 020477

Email srj555@hotmail.co.uk