Furnace to Flowers

An artist's impression of how the former steelworks could look

Furnace to Flowers – respecting the past, celebrating the present and creating a brighter future for people and wildlife!

Earlier this year, Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) entered the Grow Wild competition to work with Kew Gardens and BIG Lottery to develop a flagship site in Wales that showcases native plants and demonstrates how they benefit people as well as wildlife. Now GWT is facing the public vote – open between 6th October and 1st November – which will decide which of the top three projects will win £120,000 to turn their plans into reality.

Over the next couple of years, GWT plans to transform a 25 hectare corridor running through The Works as far as Victoria Gardens at the Festival Park site – demonstrating the potential of post-industrial areas to provide a haven for many species of wildlife as well as beautiful, peaceful places for people to enjoy.

The Furnace to Flowers project has been developed by GWT's Eastern Valleys team, based in Ebbw Vale, in collaboration with partners, including Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Breaking Barriers, Victoria Residents Association, Festival Park, Family Integration Project, Barnardos and Aneurin Leisure.

Voting for the competition has now closed and we're waiting to find out the result... Watch this space...