Project News

Explosive Times Project – Work to start soon!

As you may have heard, the former Gunpowder Works in Pontneddfechan has been awarded significant funding to carry out essential work to save the structures. These works are one of the areas’ most important ancient monuments, and are regarded as one of the most significant places in the story of the birthplace of the industrial revolution here in Wales.

Contractors will soon be on site to set up and begin work to safeguard the most ‘at risk’ structures. This work will not only ensure the heritage is saved for current and future generations, it will also ensure access to the riverside can continue.

This work is expected to take between six and seven months and it will not be uncommon to see people working at weekends. We are aiming to keep as much of the areas of the site that are currently open,open. However, there may be times when it is necessary to close the path for safety reasons and please be aware the site will essentially be a construction site so please take time to read the safety information. If you are unsure about where you can visit, just ask any of the contractors.

We have chosen companies who have specifically pledged to work with us to minimise disruption to local residents, retain as much access as possible and treat the site and those that live nearby with the upmost respect. They will not be adding to the congestion in the area and will only bring a small number of light vehicles through the village.

In September we will begin phase two of the project where we will remove some of the non-native trees and replace these with native woodland which can support up to 180 additional species of flora and fauna. Again, we are working with skilled contractors so there should be minimal disruption.

To keep you informed, we’ll post regular updates on the board opposite the Village Hall so do call in to find out more. We’ll also be publishing information online at  These updates will not only alert you to changes in access but also show latest developments on the project and give details of volunteering opportunities and chances to learn more about the work which is being undertaken.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project please contact us through email at, or telephone 01874 620481. If you have any immediate concerns relating to works taking place on the ground please contact our Brecon Beacons National Park Warden Richard Farquhar on 07854 997500.