Bridgend has a rich history of farming, food and agriculture. In the Vale of Glamorgan cattle and crops are farmed on the fertile arable lowlands which were once sea bed. To the north, the Glamorgan hills are home to Welsh Mountain sheep for many centuries as much a part of the landscape as the hills themselves.
The Conservation and Design Team plays a key role in the management of the historic environment and aims to contribute to the following; Protection and enhancement of the County Borough's built heritage and historic landscape. Raised standards in design quality. Development of skills and training initiatives in relation to the built heritage. Increase public awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of the historic environment.
There is no better area in which to enjoy learning about history while walking in breathtaking scenery. Bridgend is dotted with villages and communities with a fascinating heritage, many set in scenic locations high in the mountains or close to the coast. The area is blessed with three beautiful valleys, the Garw, Ogmore and Llynfi which empty into the sea between Ogmore-by-Sea and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes.
Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl Railway. In 1825 a group of local landowners and businessmen established the horse-drawn Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway Company. It was to run from Maesteg in the Llynfi Valley down to the sea at Porthcawl where a new harbour had been built to serve the expanding coal and iron industries in the valleys North of Bridgend.