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Other small green spaces

Here are the details for visiting our many beauty spots dotted among our communities. There are footpaths, rich greenery, and wildlife projects to take part in.

Aber Fields

Aber Fields
Address: Aber Fields, Nant-y-moel, Bridgend,

Currently, there are two football pitches here, and the oak statue ‘The Keeper of the Fields’.

Bedford Park

Transcript of the first Bedford Park video.

Transcript of the second Bedford Park video.

Bedford Park
Address: Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend, CF32 0BW.

This park has about 18 hectares of green space and ruins of the 18th Century Cefn Cribwr Ironworks. The Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) has a mixture of habitats. These are mainly broadleaved woodland with rush pastures, purple moor grass, scrub, bracken, rivers and ponds. Part of the SINC, ‘Waun Cimla’ is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its marshy habitats, rare plants, and marsh fritillary butterflies.

Also, dormice have been recorded here, which makes it one of only a few sites in Bridgend County Borough with this European protected species.

Maesteg Welfare Park

Maesteg Welfare Park
Address: Heol Tŷ Gwyn, Maesteg, CF34 3PN.

Maesteg Welfare Park is approximately nine point four hectares of formal parkland. Owned by Bridgend County Borough Council, it includes rugby pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts, formal bedding and tree lined paths. A local festival takes place each summer in the park.

The park’s newer features include wildlife ponds, runoff channels, paths and a footbridge. These works have been made with the Friends of Maesteg Welfare Park. They have led on securing a national Green Flag Award for the Park for the last several years.

Parc Calon

Transcript of the Parc Calon video.

Parc Calon
Address: Gwendoline Street, Blaengarw, Bridgend, CF32 8AU.

This park has been created from reclaimed coal works. It has woodland, and footpaths that lead through the mountains. Also see its many sculptures.

The Dipping Bridge

Transcript of the Dipping Bridge video.

The Dipping Bridge
Address: New Inn Road, Bridgend, CF32 0LR.

This bridge dates from the fifteenth century. The River Ogmore runs underneath this grade two listed building, which farmers dipped their sheep at by leading them through its two holes. It is found midway between Bridgend and Merthyr Mawr.

Wilderness Lakes

The Wilderness Lakes
Address: A4106, Porthcawl, CF36 5DU.

The park is about nine hectares of amenity parkland, which we own. It has several semi-natural habitats around a lake which is used for fishing and generally recreationally.

Broadleaved semi-natural woodland has been established on the lake’s islands with scrub around the margins and broadleaved woodland plantation along its shores. Most of the trees are willow, alder and cherry, but also, elder, English elm, thorn species, and field maple are present. Areas of amenity grassland and improved grassland are also present around the main site. In the north-west area, there is a separate, wet, semi-improved, neutral grassland field with willows, reedmace, flag iris, water mint and meadowsweet.

Through joint working with several organisations and local user groups like the local allotment society, the park has won Green Flag status for several years.

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