Meet the Friends of Margam Park

9 April 2014

The Friends of Margam Park are holding an information day at the Aberafan Shopping Centre on Saturday, 19 April.

The Friends, who re-formed in 2006, now have 100 members.  They provide walks with an historical interest in the summer months and other activities.

Since 2006 the Friends have obtained grants to provide access steps to Capel Mair, the casting of a plaque to identify the location of the old Margam House, extended the existing cycle route within the park, and provided benches for visitors.

Recently the Friends have produced a DVD on the history of Margam Park, thanks to a grant from Community First. Moreover, members have carried out a considerable amount of work to enable them to open an Exhibition Centre but this idea is currently on hold pending extensive work on the proposed building.

The Friends are also involved in a survey of the abbey ruins which was undertaken by the Glamorgan/Gwent Archaeological Trust. Future plans include a survey of Capel Mair to try and determine the extent of the archaeology, a dig on Mynydd-y-Castell to attempt to ascertain the extent of the Silurian occupation, and the creation of a comprehensive archive.

“Margam Park extends to some 850 acres and is a very popular visitor centre so it is important that the group does its best to protect, promote, conserve and enhance the park so that it can be enjoyed in a manner befitting of such an historical treasure,” said a spokesperson for the group.

The group objectives  are to conserve and enhance Margam Country Park, protect its natural beauty, raise the park’s profile, increase public awareness and work with the local authority and other organisations.

 

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