BBC Radio 4’s Open Country to showcase Bannau Brycheiniog National Park

The programme, which will air at 6.05am on Saturday 17 April, with a repeat at 3pm on Thursday 22 April, finds Matt learning survival skills and tucking into fried squirrel with an ex-military trainer, discovering why conservationists are worried about the future of Welsh mountain ponies, and taking a tour with a local cabbie who has just completed the Park’s new ‘National Park Knowledge’ scheme.

Matt also drops into Llangattock to hear about the community’s plans to become carbon negative within five years by harnessing natural resources including streams and woodlands. To find out more about Llangattock’s plans, visit

Picture captions – stills taken from video footage

The BBC’s Matt Baker (centre) and producer Maggie Ayre talk about Llangattock’s plans for micro-hydro and woodlands with Llangattock Green Valleys’ CEO Michael Butterfield, for Radio 4’s Open Country programme.


Notes to editors:
Llangattock is one of 14 communities taking part in the UK-wide British Gas Green Streets competition. The year-long project is being judged on how well each group saves energy, generates energy and engages their local community.
Llangattock has been allocated £137,400 worth of funding by British Gas for projects ranging from micro-hydro and solar PV to irrigation for the allotments and energy efficiency improvements to residents’ homes.

Llangattock Green Valleys (LGV) is responsible for steering the Green Streets competition and works in partnership with the following groups:
• Llangattock Area Community Allotments Society
• Llangattock Litter Pickers
• Llangattock Community Woodland Group
• Llangattock Biodiesel Club

LGV is currently in the process of registering to become a Community Interest Company.

Dianne Spencer
Llangattock Green Valleys
tel: 01873 81147