The Rock Park & Heritage Centre
The Rock Park is a prominent park and woodland community space in Llandrindod Wells which was established in the Spa town’s Victorian heyday. Originally designed as a ‘natural’ open space to compliment the provision of the naturally occurring spring waters, the park was popular and well used for many years. However, the park fell into gradual decline during the twentieth century following the two world wars and a decline in the popularity of ‘taking the waters’.
Powys County Council, the Friends of Rock Park and volunteers have worked hard over the last few years to give the park a new lease of life. One of the tasks carried out has been to restore some of the footpaths. This included one potentially dangerous footpath that has been completely upgraded to make it suitable for all users, including those with mobility problems.
Volunteers have also removed overgrown areas of rhododenron and laurel with the aim of allowing in more light and space to encourage establishment of a more diverse understorey.
Bird and bat boxes have been erected to encourage nesting by woodland birds. The wooded nature of the park, coupled with it's proximity to the river and adjacent fields and hedgerows, means that the park may also be a good habitat for bats and erection of bat boxes should provide additional summer roosting sites.
In spring 2007 a 'sunny glade' was created in an open, boggy area near the main entrance. A meadow area has been created using seeds sourced from the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's Ty Brith Nature Reserve. Enhancement of a naturally waterlogged area at the bottom of the meadow has resulted in a more permanent pond surrounded by native shrubs and flowers. A new footpath allows visitors to walk through the centre of the site.
A wander through the area in summer 2008 showed the new meadow was already providing a valuable habitat for hundreds of froglets emerging from the new pond. http://therockpark.org/