A local community development officer discusses the potential for tourism and leisure industries in the post-industrial community of Blaengarw in the south Wales valleys. Includes views of the valley and of the forestry above the town.
Use OS maps to highlight the physical features of the area and its attractiveness to certain types of tourism. Ask students to discuss and compare conflicts and advantages (as a cost/ benefit analysis) that can exist in seeking to sustainably manage the environment whilst ensuring economic regeneration. Students could research the opportunities to promote new types of tourism, eg heritage and activity holidays, and investigate how tourism can be used to attract other tertiary industries (multiplier effect). Together with the students, look at historical employment data for the main industrial sectors (primary, secondary, tertiary) in this area. They could compare these to modern figures, then analyse and evaluate changes to a changing economy.