We were delighted to have been shortlisted by the BIG Lottery Fund as one of 16 projects in Wales to go for a share of £9m of Lottery Funding and Welsh Government Dormant Accounts Funding. The funding programme is called ‘Create Your Space’. A maximum of 8 projects will be supported, and we’ll know the result in late March 2017.

We talked with a range of residents and community groups to understand ideas for making use of the ex industrial spaces that got left behind after our heavy industries went, spaces that can’t be built on but can be played on, walked on, enjoyed and interpreted for generations to come.

We initially used the title ‘Reclaiming our spaces’ but we realised that it’s not just about reclaiming them – it’s about loving them, using, nurturing them, celebrating them, and so on. So we renamed it ‘Roots to Shoots’ – our villages share the same industrial heritage based on the rocks and minerals under our feet, and now we’re planning to bring new uses (and new people) to them as shoots of growth.

By the end of the Autumn last year we were able to start putting these ideas into writing and marking them up on a map. We collated these and considered how the range of ideas for different spaces could be joined up to make a cohesive single project. We put the resulting plan to the Lottery on 7th December 2016. We’ve summarised it here:

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Our 3 minute video about ‘Roots to Shoots’ is here. Take a look 🙂

Want to contribute to further discuss about these spaces? Checkout our Facebook page at Facebook.com/brymboheritagespaces, email us at spaces@brymboheritage.co.uk, or ring us on 0800 772 0981 to get chatting 🙂

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