Skyline  is  a  feasibility  project initiated by  The  Green  Valleys  (Wales)  CIC  into the potential for  large  scale community  transfer  of  public  land in the  South  Wales  Valleys to  act  as  a  catalyst  for regeneration.

In summer 2018, Peak was commissioned by Skyline to consult with communities in Treherbert RCT as a significant case study. Working with artist and producer Melissa Appleton and innovative social enterprise Welcome to Our Woods based in Treherbert, Peak worked with local people of all ages to develop a ‘Festival of Ideas’ event for October half term, followed by a public presentation of the project work in Cardiff in May 2019 called ‘How to Build a Valley’.

The aim of the feasibility work was to engage people in a journey to explore the  meaning  and  potential  for  community  management  of  the  landscape for  the  long-term, considering not  just  the  economic  but  also  the  social,  cultural and  ecological opportunities  presented  by land transfer.

Find out more about Skyline Treherbert:


A wall featuring mind maps and posters about ideas for the Treherbert Skyline project

Treherbert Festival of Ideas


Imagine a future where our community owned the land around Treherbert… 
What would this mean for our valley – people,  environment, jobs, housing and health?    


The Treherbert Festival of Ideas took place on Saturday 27 October 2018, led by artist Owen Griffiths and supported by Welcome to Our Woods.

The day featured a walk and talk with a special performance by Pen Pych Primary School students, followed by a community lunch made with local produce.

We heard provocations from invited speakers, including Sakina Sheik and Carys Roberts. Sakina Sheikh from PLATFORM spoke about how communities can be authors and beneficiaries of their energy needs (in the context of deconstructing and decolonising traditional dependencies). Cary Roberts, Head of Research at Shared Assets talked about how land ownership sits at the heart of the most challenging issues we face today and that lack of understanding can blind us to the fact that our current arrangements are constructed, and can be changed.

Using these provocations and discussions we elaborated on these ideas through our ‘How to build a valley’ workshop.


How to Build a Valley


Young woman looking at map of Treherbert


Project Skyline invited the public to a one-day exhibition and event in Cardiff on 1 May 2019 to share the progress made over six months across the communities of Treherbert, Caerau and Ynysowen.

We were delighted to be joined by Alastair McIntosh, a leading figure in the Scottish Land Reform debate.


“When we talk about land reform we are not just talking about agriculture. We are talking about what it means to be human.”
Alastair McIntosh


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I must say a big thank you to Peak for their tremendous work on Skyline.  It has been a fantastic team effort and has made a significant difference to the project across the year.
The event in Cardiff was our opportunity to share the work we had been doing with a wider audience. Skyline certainly has resonated with a lot of people, from Ministers to community groups. Our agenda of community stewardship and green growth has captured the imagination and we will continue working to give communities the chance to shape their landscape for the long-term.


Chris Blake, Director The Green Valleys CIC


You can follow the latest updates on the Skyline Twitter feed and read the final project report.
Read the article by Hazel Sheffield about Project Skyline featured in The Independent.
Watch the Project Skyline film made by Mike Erskine.





Skyline is funded by Friends Provident Foundation


Banner Image: Jon Pountney

Festival of Ideas Images: Mike Erskine

How to Build a Valley images: Vaida Barzdaite