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.
We’re looking to use our blog as way to show the different things that are happening, or people’s stories, along the river. In this post, we introduce Paul (who makes guitars) and Dan (who repairs and maintains guitars) – they are both based in Cardiff.
Fri 28 Apr 2017
The Taff Bargoed community Hydro Scheme was opened by Lesley Griffiths the cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs on 25th October.
The scheme was designed to use the energy of the Taff Bargoed River as it descends a cascade in Parc Taff Bargoed near Treharris, the electricity generated being sold and the profits from the scheme to be used for the long term management of the park.
Tue 8 Nov 2016
The South Wales Uilleann Pipers will be holding a free afternoon of music and information on Irish piping. There will be live performances from international and local pipers, question and answer sessions and a chance to try the pipes for anyone who might be intersted in starting on the instrument.
Sun 9 Oct 2016
In the 1990s, a friend of mine told me that he was thinking of moving to Abercynon. I asked him why – it seemed a strange choice. Like so many towns in the Valleys, it has its fair share of closed shops, unemployment and general deprivation. My friend told me that Abercynon is a holy place. This came as a complete surprise.
Sun 9 Oct 2016
A year ago, today, we launched our project at the Pierhead. The event was well attended – it was nice to hear from so many people that share our passion for the river.
Tue 21 Jun 2016
To celebrate the fact that very few coracles have been on the Taff in two hundred years, the Cwmni Da television production company came down this week from Caernarfon to film our coracles on the Taff at Bute Park.
Sat 21 May 2016
Shine a Light?, a 20 minute politically challenging film, supports the idea of democratising our energy supply, bringing ownership and profit back into communities whilst reducing climate change.
Sat 21 May 2016
During May 1831 the coal miners and ironworkers who worked for William Crawshay took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil, calling for reform, protesting against the lowering of their wages and and for the way they could be dismissed when it suited the company…
Mon 2 May 2016
During the Middle Ages, even after Henry VIII’s Act of Union, Cardiff was, more or less, a coastal village that saw Bristol develop while it struggled to survive. Cardiffians watched international trade sail by to Bristol, which became a city in 1542, and the realisation came about that this was an excellent base for pirates.
Thu 28 Apr 2016
Martin and Vic, from the National Trust, led our first Walking the Taff tour on Sunday. They showed us the Taff’s sources near Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. The walk is a mix of busy paths and tranquil riverside spots.
Wed 27 Apr 2016
Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at eich gweld chi yn ein digwyddiadau ni sydd mewn partneriaeth â Gŵyl Tafwyl, Caerdydd/
We’re looking forward to seeing you at our events that are in partnership with Cardiff’s Tafwyl Festival.
Sun 17 Apr 2016
So little is said about it that it almost seems like fantasy today, but the Taff Valley was at the cutting edge of the railways. Hand in hand with the Industrial Revolution, which was led by this area, came the railways.
Sun 17 Apr 2016
Visited a lovely cafe in Tongwynlais along the Taff Trail, today. It’s a perfect place to stop and have a rest while cycling through, or if you’re having a bit of bad luck with your bike!
Fri 1 Apr 2016
Martin Rees, from the National Trust, will be taking us on a tour of the two sources of the Taff. If you’re keen to join, please let us know by registering using this link: https://goo.gl/BMd15U.
Sun 27 Mar 2016
On Monday 7th March, less than a week after St. David’s Day, the statues of James James and Evan James, the composers of the Welsh National, were taken from their plinths in Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd and put on a lorry for London.
Sat 12 Mar 2016