Greening Aberystwyth’s Approach Road

Proposals have been put forward for lining the main approach road to Aberystwyth with trees.

A report, ‘Greening Aber’s Approach Road’, has been put together in acknowledgement of the widely-expressed concern that the piecemeal development taking place along the route over the last few years has tended to ignore any need for a uniform style or welcoming aesthetic. The 30-page report has been written by Dafydd Fryer on behalf of Forestry Commission Wales in partnership with the Greener Aberystwyth Group.

The Aberystwyth appoach road, stretching from the Parc y Llyn roundabout in Llanbadarn Fawr to Alexandra Road near the town centre is called, at different points along its length, Ffordd Parc y Llyn, Boulevard St Brieuc and Park Avenue/Coedlan y Parc. The route currently has around 30 different owners or stakeholders along its length so any agreement for tree-planting would need plenty of negotiations. The planting of a semi-mature tree in an urban environment, including the necessary cage to channel the roots away from underground services, is reckoned to cost around £1,300.

Although that may seem daunting, in Swansea, as part of their regeneration plans, a recognition of the economic benefits of presenting a harmonious green entranceway to the town has recently resulted in the go-ahead for detailed design work on a new tree-lined boulevard on Oystermouth Road.  Greening Aber’s Approach Road proposes a similar plan for Aberystwyth.

The report concludes:
“It is clear there is huge scope to green-up the flanks of the road if the will and resources are available. Tree planting could have a hugely significant role in unifying the whole approach to the town. Despite the challenges and obstacles that would face accommodating trees into this predominantly hard and constricted landscape, the vast range of benefits that urban trees offer town environments would be a major contributor towards ensuring the regeneration of Aberystwyth.”

The next step is to gauge reaction from funding bodies as to whether the plan has the makings of a regeneration project that can be developed further.

I can supply an electronic copy of the report to anyone e-mailing me at alun1001@yahoo.co.uk


  1. No, can we have a boulevard that looks like a boulevard? A boulevard which is proud to create a town-scape and not bring suburbia into the town.

    That means both sides of the road flanked by buildings of uniform size and style in proportion to the road (Four stories in height). If you want trees or green stuff between the tall buildings and the road, fine but, please can we have a proper boulevard and not a mess.

    Having the houses opposite to the Government buildings have their backs to the road, is a mess. The Mudiad Meithrin HQ has the turret at the wrong side - it should complement the turret at the police hq, which itself complments the turret at the corners of the streets of Alexandra Rd and Sgwâr Glyndŵr.

    Boulevard Sant Brieg needs to be that. We have miles and miles of greenery around Aberystwyth, we can use a designated, fenced 'Victiorian' park within the town's borders, but the Boulevard needs to built as a boulevard. Proud to be a town, linking Parc y Llyn with the 'old' down. Think Hausmann Paris and less USA suburbia or Antipodean low-rise.

    A boulevard of fourstorey houses/appartments/offices/shops/cafes along Boulevard Sant Brieg would create a density of population which will make bus services, amenities, schools and other services more viable. It will lessen the suburban sprawl which we're now seeing to the south of Penparcau and it will give Aberystwyth a wholeness which it's lost in the last two decades.

    Be proud to be a town. A proper boulevard not more green stuff, draughty spaces and low-rise buildings.

    Un o Bobl y Dre

  2. This is great news, I really hope it goes ahead.

  3. It would be great to have a tree-lined avenue, lots of pollinator plants or native trees. It would make a nice entrance to the town, especially as the county council trade on the promise of a green landscape in their tourism whilst concreting anything that moves.

    Have just come back from Paris and couple of other French towns - they have loads of tree-lined roads and it feels more friendly pleasant.

    Re the first anonymous person - the definition of boulevard is "A broad city street, often tree-lined and landscaped" see www.answers.com/topic/boulevard#ixzz1rpschJXs or "a broad avenue in a city, usually having areas at the sides or center for trees, grass, or flowers" http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boulevard and wikipedia notes it often has side lanes for bicycles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulevard, and boulevard Haussmann in Paris is tree-lined thus suggesting a 'proper' boulevard does have trees....

  4. Anon 07.24 - yes, you're right about the 'tree-lined' street, but let's make sure the bulidings are of the right proportions and are proud to be a town-scape. A tree-lined road without the Parisian type building is not a boulevard either.

    Un o Bobl y Dre

  5. This sounds great. I'm sure it would help get more people walking into town from Llanbadarn and Penparcau. The desolate sprawl between them and town makes it seem far further than it is and offers no protection from the weather. Seperating the cyclepath from the pavement with trees and greenery might also help encourage pedestrians to stay on the footpath too. There is plenty of space, just take a narrow strip off the car parks. But, whilst you're at it, can we have a cycle path running out of town too? It's ridiculous only having a path in one direction.

    Ideally, it would also be good to move the park and ride further out, it seems pointless to have it within walking distance of the town centre where most have to travel through town to get there anyway. Lovesgrove/Llanfarian/Bow Street would be far more appropriate locations.