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    Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot Trust 

    Young people in the Llynfi Valley are being offered a chance to take part in an environmental project aimed at improving five railway stations on the Bridgend to Maesteg railway line.

    The Groundwork Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot Trust based in Tondu has joined forces with Arriva Trains Wales with the aim of helping youngsters learn new skills and make a positive contribution within their communities.

    Groundwork in Wales is a leading environmental regeneration charity making sustainable development a reality in towns and villages in need of investment and support.   The train company’s sponsorship has enabled the charity to purchase a minibus that will be used during the project and other aspects of the trust’s work in the community.

    Reg Denley, Bridgend YouthWorks Programme Manager, for Groundwork, said: “Our work is about enabling an integrated, bottom-up approach to regeneration.  We aim to involve and empower local people to care for their environment by utilising sustainable development as a catalyst for action and promoting excellence in partnerships such as this.”

    He continued: “During the project, we will be undertaking a variety of activities such as pruning and cutting back overgrown vegetation.  We’re also considering creating some floral displays at Maesteg station to create a welcoming feature for commuters and visitors to the town.  The work will allow us to further develop our relationship with young people wishing to learn about landscaping and the importance of recycling for the benefit of the environment.”

    Geraint Morgan, community affairs manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “The involvement of young people in this project is key to developing pride and ownership in important community facilities such as railway stations.”

    He continued: “The experience of working alongside staff will also help them develop personal skills whilst improving the appearance of stations for the benefit of rail users and the wider community.”