The Taff: The River That Made Wales

Taff 1.

If you haven’t already seen this series of three 30 min television programmes it will be well worth making the effort to watch them on BBC iplayer or tune in to the BBC 4 reruns on Tuesdays.

This is the extraordinary story of how the River Taff came back from the dead. The river once ran black with coal dust but is now one of the finest trout and salmon rivers in Wales. The story takes us from the source high in the Brecon Beacons through Merthyr Tydfil where the town’s ironworks were once vital to the British Empire. It explores how the coal industry changed this beautiful landscape and its people forever and ends in Cardiff where the industrial docks have been transformed.

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About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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