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.
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.
In January 2019, we gathered at the Community Development Trust in Caerau to hear the views of local Caerau residents. In the coming weeks and months we are developing more events and activities around Project Skyline.
You can follow the latest updates on the Skyline Twitter feed.
Read the article about Project Skyline featured in The Independent.
Skyline is funded by Friends Provident Foundation.
Main Image: Jon Pountney