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Lost Peatlands

Discover Something Magical

Discover Something Magical

About the Lost Peatlands Project

The Lost Peatlands of South Wales Project is a Heritage Lottery Funded landscape-scale partnership project that aims to restore the upland landscape of the Upper Afan Valley in Neath Port Talbot and the Upper Rhondda Fawr in Rhondda Cynon Taf, whilst helping local communities explore and enjoy the landscape on their doorstep and immerse themselves in the fascinating history and heritage of the area.

About Peatlands

You probably know them as just ‘bogs’, but peatlands are diverse habitats, formed over millennia, that are extremely carbon-rich and support a rich tapestry of plant and animal species. They are waterlogged areas, often found in the uplands, made of a thick layer of peat soil which is formed by partially decayed plant material that builds up very slowly over time. Most peatlands only grow 0.5 – 1mm a year, meaning that it can take over 1,000 years to make 1m of peat!


The Lost Peatlands of South Wales Project provides many opportunities for local people in the community to engage with their natural, cultural and historical heritage. We will be hosting an exciting calendar of free activities and family-friendly events for local communities and visitors to participate in.


Would you like to get involved in the project? We have a number of volunteering opportunities available including helping us to survey wildlife, assisting with conservation tasks and supporting at events. Our volunteer days usually take place throughout the year, although summer tends to be busier. Check out our events calendar for upcoming activity.


Stay up to date with the latest news from the Lost Peatlands Project. You can also check out project activity through our Social Media pages on Facebook and Twitter.