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Valleys Regional Park: Interim progress and evaluation report

Nicol, Poppy, Smith, Alastair, Morgan, Kevin and Dunkley, Ria 2013. Valleys Regional Park: Interim progress and evaluation report. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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Abstract

Following the decline of the coal mining sector in the latter half of the 20th Century, efforts at regeneration in the South Welsh Valleys have often lacked a holistic perspective: initially focusing on immediate safety concerns and environmental aesthetics, but in separation from socioeconomic policies and initiatives. However, amid the growing integration of social, economic and environmental interventions, the Valleys Regional Park (VRP) has explicitly aimed to promote socioeconomic regeneration through the specific investment in a high-quality network of green spaces and post industrial heritage assets. Through a holistic partnership approach, the VRP seeks to develop the green economy, encourage healthy lifestyles, offer outstanding outdoor recreation and learning opportunities and provide a quality visitor destination, thereby changing perceptions of the region and making the Valleys a prime location to live, work and visit. As such the VRP is a flagship component of the Welsh Government’s sustainable development programme (Welsh Government 2012a; 2012b, p. 20) and a key focus of regeneration activity. The VRP covers the former South Wales coalfield stretching from the western borders of Monmouthshire in the East, to the former anthracite-mining valleys of Carmarthenshire in the West. It spans an area of over 200,000 hectares and is home to over 1 million people, roughly one-third of the Welsh population.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 03:26
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/57345

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