Caerphilly County Borough's Countryside and Landscape Service was set up in 1996 following local government reorganisation.
Caerphilly County Borough Council's Countryside and Landscape Service has two parts. The office staff are based in Pontllanfraith and comprise of Landscape Architects, Tree Officers, Objective One Officer, Invasive Species Officer, Open Access Officer, Coed Cymru Officer, Planners, the County Ecologist, Biodiversity Officer and an Interpretation Officer. The Councils’ Sustainable Development Officer is also based in the service and works across the whole of the Council.
Outdoors, (in all weathers!) the Caerphilly Countryside Service manage our country parks and nature reserves and assist in managing the commons throughout the county borough. They maintain and improve waymarked circular walks and long distance trails. They also provide an environmental education service, run events, lead guided walks and give illustrated talks.
Many of the landscape improvement schemes taking place in the county borough are a direct result of the work of the Countryside and Landscape Service: The award winning Parc Penallta, Trinity Fields School grounds and Draethen Village Green, are very good examples of our work.
The Service is responsible for managing and maintaining Tree Preservation Orders, inspecting trees on land in council control for safety, cultural and landscape value and advising the public about trees on their land.
E-mail the Countryside and Landscape Service to request a copy of our Countryside Strategy.
The service receives support in its work from the Countryside Council for Wales, the Welsh Development Agency, the Heritage lottery fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
Our mission statement:
The Section will strive to ensure that the management and development of Caerphilly’s countryside and landscape are based on sustainable principles - a diversity of landscapes, habitats and species managed within a thriving rural economy; our countryside and landscape will provide enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration for local people and visitors, confirming a sense of ‘place’, a distinctive local identity and a shared cultural heritage.