About Forgotten Landscapes Project

Forgotten Landscapes is a partnership project focusing on the development of the Blaenavon area as an internationally recognised visitor destination. The Project is a three year partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government intended to further develop the Blaenavon area in southeast Wales for visitors. It centres on the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site but extends also to the nearby Clydach Gorge.

Amongst its stated aims are the protection of the area’s considerable industrial heritage, conservation of common land and heather moorland and access improvements. The project is also providing additional educational material, information and interpretation on the area including a programme of walks and talks


If you enjoy the countryside, are enthusiastic about our stunning landscape and would like to meet like-minded people, you may want to consider becoming a Volunteer Ranger.

The Forgotten Landscapes Project is expanding and developing a Volunteer Ranger Service that aims to help conserve, enhance and promote the area within the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site. There are a range of roles including practical conservation work, wildlife monitoring, engaging with visitors and helping others to understand what makes the Forgotten Landscapes so special.

Examples of volunteer work and training opportunities include:

  • Dry stone walling and stock fencing.
  • Footpath management and other access improvement work.
  • Reed-bed planting and other habitat management activities.
  • Wildlife monitoring.
  • Helping to develop and learn to lead guided walks.
  • Conducting visitor surveys.

Volunteer Rangers hold an informal meeting once a month at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and you are welcome to come along. Three typical volunteer role descriptions are available to download on this page. These are designed to help you to find out more or alternatively, you can arrange to come along and observe a volunteer task to see what it’s like.

If you do decide that you would like to join us please contact the Forgotten Landscapes Volunteer Recruitment & Training Officer, Sarah Lewis, at the World Heritage Centre via email: sarah.lewis@torfaen.gov.uk or Tel: 01495 742335.

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