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: http://skyline.wales/community/treherbert
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 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
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
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