Garnwen Trust

We are pleased to provide an update on activities and progress

The annual signature event, Walk for Al will be started by Martyn Williams (Blues, Wales and British Lions rugby legend) on Sunday 24th March at Maesteg Golf Club.

The date for this year’s Party in the Park, is Sunday 19th May at Maesteg Welfare Park, Neath Road, Maesteg.  The event is planned to be bigger and better than previous and will include live  bands, DJ's, Abie Danters funfair, Margam Knights motorcycle club, dancers, face painting, traditional craft demonstration, refreshments and more providing the ultimate family day out! Further information on this highly popular event will be made available shortly and posted on the website and other media.

The Trust now stands at approximately £160,000 and the Trustees have been working toward the final planning and building of their first project in the picturesque Afan Argoed Forestry Area. A key objective of the Trust has been to build an iconic and lasting facility at the site and to this end is working with selected architects to submit building permission for a design based on the Ty Unnos concept.

Ty Unnos ‘house in a night’ has its origins in a Welsh tradition traceable back to the 17th century.  It describes the custom by which freehold claim could be made on a house built on common land, as long as this was started and completed in a single night and had a fire burning in the hearth by morning.   The name has now been adopted and applied to a pioneering, simple, fast-construction building methodology using innovative techniques developed to make use of sustainable Welsh timber resources.

Ty Unnos, developed by Coed Cymru, is an innovative system of timber frame building specifically devised to make use of low-grade timber which was previously considered unsuitable for structural purposes.    It features a highly adaptable, additive, modular system capable of creating a range of premises types and sizes based on flexible deployment of quick-assembly, straightforward, combinable components.  These can be assembled into load-effective simple buildings and have the benefit of using widely available standard grade timbers, and not only meet rigorous industry structural specifications, but are cost-effective and ideal for self or assisted build. 

Ty Unnos has therefore enabled, and envisages, use of abundant locally-sourced Welsh low-grade timber.   As such it provides an exemplar system for sustainable low-cost and therefore affordable building that is ideally suited to the resources and environmental needs of Wales. For more information go to

About the Garnwen Trust: The Trust is a local South Wales based charity set up by the parents, family and friends of Alex Collins and Bethan Jones following their loss during a flight from Bangkok to Phuket, Thailand in 2007. Alex and Bethan were 3 days into the trip of a lifetime through Asia and Australia when they were amongst 90 people who lost their lives. Since their loss the family, friends and the wider community in Maesteg and the Llynfi Valley, have set about creating a fitting and lasting legacy for Alex and Bethan. The initial target was to build and operate a facility in the picturesque Afan Agroed Forestry area, an area renowned for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities near the town of Maesteg. The facility will be offered for use by the wider public but will be specifically designed for use by disabled members of the community, schools, etc. 

The success of the Trust has been achieved through the overwhelming support and participation of the local community without whose help this project would not have been possible.  In particular they have supported the two signature events developed by the Trust, notably the Walk for Al and The Party in the Park - thank you all for your help and participation in these events.

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