Keeper of the Collieries A Fitting Tribute To Our Mining Heritage


Huw has congratulated all those who have worked together to create a stunning new sculpture in the heart of the Spirit of Llynfi Woodland which is a fitting tribute to commemorate our miners who worked throughout the Llynfi Valley.

This wonderful 9ft sculpture, crafted by South Wales artist Chris Wood overlooks our beautiful valley. The idea came from local school children, residents and volunteers from the Upper Llynfi Valley. The official unveiling was recently held on the mountainside where the sculpture stands on the former site of Coegnant Colliery and Maesteg Washery and was attended by pupils of St Mary’s and St Patricks School along with many others.

Geminie Drinkwater, Natural Resources Wales Project Officer stated “the site was designed to be sustainable with the sculpture being carved from Welsh trees that had fallen naturally. Initial funding for the woodland has come from the Welsh Government and the Ford Motor company. The main driver behind the project was the health and wellbeing benefits and the environmental benefits.”

Huw praised everyone’s efforts by saying: “well done to everyone involved in this project, particularly the work that Natural Resources Wales and partners are doing around the Spirit of the Llynfi Woodland. I have been a big supporter of the woodland project since it’s conception two years ago and I’m sure this site will develop and attract people from further afield as well.

Should anyone want to see the sculpture it is located approximately 100m from Cwrt y Mwnws Farm overlooking Maesteg Comprehensive School next to Bridleway 77. There is also a link below for ‘Keeper of the Collieries’ film which has been created about the sculpture which I’m sure you will find interesting.

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