The Friends of Mynydd Dinas


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A big thank you to everyone who answered our appeal in the South Wales Evening Post.  Following a huge increase in the cost of our insurance, we had to suspend work until we could raise the money for the higher premium.  With the tree-planting season drawing to a close, this was a terrible blow.  However, the generosity of Evening Post readers, many of whom chose to remain anonymous, saved the day.  The insurance premium has now been paid and work parties can re-commence, just in the nick of time. [more]


Planting mature trees onto fire-damaged land.

Mynydd Dinas is a mountain situated in the heart of Port Talbot.

It is surrounded by the communities of Aberafan, Baglan, Felindre and Cwmafan and lies between the Corus Steelworks and B.P. Baglan Bay (map).

It is the aim of F.O.M.D. to restore Dinas back to native habitats i.e. broad-leaved deciduous woodland, heathland, bogs, etc.

To this end our volunteers, work regularly on such tasks as;- the growing of local provenance trees, shrubs and wildflowers for planting into the fire-damaged areas where conifer plantations once were.  The removal of of non-native pine species namely rhododendron and Japanese knotweed.

Surveying is another important aspect of our work and we regularly invite experts in their respective fields of flora or fauna to educate and train volunteers, whilst providing scientific proof of what lives and breeds on the mountain.

Removal of Rhododendrons using a machine.
Clearing non-native pine tree species.

Why all this effort?

We believe the people and the wildlife of Port Talbot have a right to enjoy this mountain with its varied and beautiful habitats and its tremendous views.  The refuge Dinas provides should be preserved for now and the future.  To this long term goal we work with the hope that one day Mynydd Dinas will be granted Local Nature Reserve Status.

Removal of fly-tipped rubbish from Nant-y-glais stream valley. If you would like to help we need your effort.  We can't do it without you:- for a few hours even once a month can make such a difference...

Won't you sign up today and "think global act local".  Help look after your local patch!  If you don't who will?  Telephone (01639) 761403 / 887088 or email

If you would like to help, check out the work & events diary