• Caerphilly County Borough Council
    Countryside and Landscape Service
    Council Offices
    NP12 2YW
  • Tel: (01495) 235219
  • Markham Primary School
    Pantycefn Road
    NP12 OQD
  • Tel: (01495) 224811

About the project

The project to open up our woods happened because Argoed Community Council, with help from Caerphilly County Borough Council's Countryside & Landscape Service, managed to obtain a grant from Cydcoed - Woods for all.

In all we managed to get £250,000 to pay for much needed work to make the woods people friendly. Most of this money has been spent on improving paths. We’ve had to clear back undergrowth (ahh, that’s where the path was!), improve the drainage and surface on some paths (no more bottomless puddles), and sort out miles of fencing and drystone walls to stop farm animals wandering in and chomping up all the young trees.

On top of all this, we pulled local teachers together to write a teachers pack for primary schools to use on a visit to the woods. And we’ve even created an outdoor classroom so that lessons can be taken in the woods - how cool is that?

Three very creative people have been employed on the project as well:

  • Artist Rubin Eynon ( from Glynneath, to design and build our new gateways into the park.
  • Graphic Designer Jay Young from Cardiff, to design our Activity book, leaflet and teachers pack.
  • Photographer Tim Collier from Llantrisant, to record a year in the life of the woodlands. Go to the gallery to view the project taking shape in Tim’s photographic diary.