The Living Taff celebrates all the great things along the river's journey. The Taff starts in a National Park, makes its way through an area famous for its part in the industrial revolution, and has its estuary in Wales' capital city. For a long time, people turned away from the river as it was used by the coal industry to take away waste, but the river has since returned to life. We believe that the river can be seen as a way to link the area's towns, and be a protected place for people to enjoy and connect with nature.

Since starting the project, we have worked to bring attention to the river, by: organising events, walking tours, giving talks to groups, organising participation in the Big Jump, organising for young people to represent the Taff at a European youth network for rivers conference (where they shared knowledge of and the challenges facing their local rivers), and taking part in and supporting the BBC series: The River Taff with Will Millard.

If the river means something to you, and you're happy to share with us why, we'd really like to hear from you!

Our blog:

Let’s celebrate the River Taff

An article, by Huw Silk from Wales Online, about the Living Taff.

Thu 25 Jun 2015

Country Focus – BBC Radio Wales

An interview with Paul and BBC’s Country Focus.

Thu 25 Jun 2015

Volunteer With The Living Taff

We are a group of volunteers working to encourage a change in behaviour towards the river and the Taff valley. There are a couple of goals that we’d like to achieve soon. These include: 1: Map and remove all the Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam from the Taff valley; 2: Work with local organisations to – Read more..

Tue 23 Jun 2015

Whitchurch and Tongwynlais Festival

Two villages that sit on the Taff’s banks are organising a festival for the following two weeks. There are various events scheduled for between 27.06 – 11.07, including a fun day in Tongwynlais on Sunday 28.06. A full list of events can be seen on their website ( and you can get live updates on – Read more..

Tue 23 Jun 2015

The Living Taff Launch Event (21.06.15)

Did you ever think that people would consider the River Taff in the same way they think of the Wye or the Severn? Probably not. And neither did the majority of the population in Wales – until now. On Sunday 21st June between 11.00hrs and 14.00hrs at the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay we will be – Read more..

Wed 10 Jun 2015

River Sonics

This is a project led by Glenn Davidson of Artstation and Mike Fedeski of Cardiff University and is about tuning our senses to the ambient sound sources that define the River Taff as a place.  The work is to explore and expose the river’s regional sonic character. A key part is how to record and – Read more..

Sat 6 Jun 2015

Pontypridd Lido (Open shortly)

This is one of the most iconic open-air lidos in the UK. The work on it has included restoring and remodelling the Lido with three heated swimming pools that offer maximum flexibility to accommodate different age groups and facilitate a varied and fun activities programme. It also includes a café and a state-of-the-art dry play – Read more..

Fri 5 Jun 2015

Taff’s Well

Thu 4 Jun 2015

Cardiff Waterways Map Project

Art Shell is currently undertaking research into Cardiff’s changing water-scape, mapping recordings, remnants, residents memories and architects dreams of Cardiff’s waterways past, present and future.   Heritage Lottery funding has been given to carry out the project and the group is working closely with The Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff Transitions, The Boat Studio and architecture – Read more..

Wed 3 Jun 2015

Glamorganshire Canal

John Williams and a group of enthusiasts are working on the creation of a Glamorganshire Canal historical trail from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff Bay.  Indicating the major locations en route and other historical sites in proximity to the Canal e.g. Hamadryad Hospital Ship, as a means of encouraging interest in the regional history, tourism and – Read more..

Tue 2 Jun 2015

A Fold in the River

The visual artist, Valerie Coffin Price, collaborated with poet Philip Gross to produce A Fold in the River, a book of images and poems about the Taff.  Philip Gross once lived on the banks of the Taff and his journals are the source for the powerful poems. Valerie Coffin Price revisited the walking route along – Read more..

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Sounding the Way

Every day, people walk through areas of Cardiff without noticing those hidden, concealed, unobserved or forgotten aspects of the urban landscape.  A new project created by Angharad Saunders is changing this. Young people in Grangetown went on audio walks, where they discovered that everyday urban spaces hold within them fascinating secrets.

Sun 31 May 2015

Greener Grangetown

The City of Cardiff Council, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales are investing £2 million in Greener Grangetown, an innovative scheme to better manage rainwater in the community.  Using the latest techniques, this scheme will catch, clean and divert rainwater directly into the River Taff instead of pumping it over 6 miles through – Read more..

Sat 30 May 2015

Jazz on the Taff

We have some incredible jazz musicians in the area.  Like Jonathan Crespo, whose family is from Chile but who grew up in Canada and Glen Manby who is a regular performer at Chapter Arts Centre.  To showcase these musicians we are organising a series of intimate concerts in venues along the Taff.  If you play – Read more..

Sat 30 May 2015

Cardiff Rivers Group

Our aim is to visibly improve cleanliness of the rivers and waterways in and around Cardiff.  There are currently 287 volunteers on our database, during events, other local groups turn up to help who are not registered with us e.g. the Llanrumney first volunteers, Friends of Bute Park. Within the group, we have a diverse – Read more..

Fri 29 May 2015