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Jersey Park – Briton Ferry 26th July 2016

Members meet at the club and leave for Jersey Park at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26th July. A free car park is available close to the top entrance, near Ynysmardy Cemetary. The park closes at 8:00pm so be sure to return before the gates are locked.

The incline opposite the park entrance is the route taken by the unique railway line designed and constructed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which traveled from Glyncorrwg to Briton Ferry Docks during the last century. Much of it can be walked along and there are five bridges over the route as far as Cimla which are still intact. On the top of the hill are the industrial ruins of the old winding house.

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Jersey Park

Jersey Park car park

Top entrance to Jersey Park

In 1926, when the Earl of Jersey gave Jersey Park to the people of Briton Ferry, the Brunel railway became part of the local landscape – and remains so today. Jersey Park is an exceptionally well-preserved urban public park opened in 1925. Its original layout of formal and informal areas remains complete and includes sports facilities. Planting in the park is diverse and interesting, with an emphasis on evergreen trees and shrubs.

The Quays-Briton Ferry on 2nd August 2016

Members meet at the club on Tuesday 2nd August and leave for The Quays in Briton Ferry at 6.30pm.

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Photograph of the Pilot boat on the River Neath at The Quays.

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Swansea Marina – Barrage & Dock Gate area on Tuesday 19th July 2016

Members meet at the clubhouse on Tuesday 19th July and leave for Swansea marina’s, barrage and dock gate area at 6.30pm.

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Seal swimming over Swansea barrage.

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Swansea barrage to the left of the dock gates was built in 1992 with the aim of creating a new marina to extend the leisure facilities offered by the industrial docks. A fish ladder was also built alongside the barrage to allow fish to move freely up and down the river. Local seals soon realised that the ladder was an easy source of food as it concentrated the fish in one area. Needless to say, the seals soon took advantage of this. Perhaps we will have an opportunity to photograph them during our visit.

Penllergare Valley Woods on Tuesday 12th July 2016

Members meet at the clubhouse on Tuesday 12th July 2016 and leave for Penllergare Valley Woods at 6.30 pm

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At the height of its prosperity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Penllergare estate, was one of the great gardens of Britain. Its main creator was John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810–82), a man as distinguished for his contribution to landscape design and horticulture, as for his scientific experiments and pioneering photography.

Inspired by Henry Fox Talbot who was first cousin to John’s wife, Emma, Llewelyn became an enthusiastic and accomplished photographer. With its lakes and waterfalls, panoramic vistas, secret places and horticultural and botanical riches, Penllergare provided a wide variety of subjects for his camera and his photographic images vividly evoke the Victorian era style. His son, Sir John Talbot Dillwyn Llewelyn, brought the gardens to their peak just before the Great War and he, like his father was a notable philanthropist and supporter of community activities. Unfortunately, during the second half of the twentieth century, those glories faded and Penllergare began its long slide into dereliction.

In recent times and after a decade of hard work and persistence with the aim of protecting, restoring and reviving Penllergare Valley Woods, the efforts of the Penllergare Trust have now paid off and it has more recently become a park for people in an increasingly urban area providing a wide range of recreation and leisure opportunities, whilst still remaining a sanctuary for wildlife.

Guided by the unique archive of John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s mid-nineteenth century photography, over the next 3 years, the upper lake will be de-silted, and steps, terraces, waterfalls and cascades will be repaired and restored to reinstate the picturesque and romantic design.

There should be some interesting photographic opportunities here.