£1.9m Lottery Grant for Cyfarthfa Park Renovation in Merthyr

Monday, 19th December 2011
  A great local project will provide the opportunity locally for people to learn traditional building skills. Historic Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil is to be revitalised with almost £2m of lottery money from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales.   The 65-acre Cyfarthfa Park overlooking the town will be redeveloped and given improved visitor facilities with its bandstand, walled garden and glasshouses repaired, and the bowls pavilion rebuilt. Dan Clayton Jones, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund  said the landscape would be returned to its former glory with many opportunities being made available for local people to learn traditional and horticultural skills, and in doing so play their part in taking our heritage into the future.   The park is home to the Cyfarthfa Castle and museum, which used to be home to the Crawshay family, and is described as "the best example of a 19th Century ironmaster's residence to have survived in south Wales".   The Crawshay family ran the Cyfarthfa ironworks which became the largest and most successful ironworks in the world. They supplied cannons to Nelson's fleet and later iron rails for railways across the world.   Some of the money will go towards employing such officials as a heritage officer and warden, and an apprentice programme will allow local people to train in skills including stone wall building.