Award-winning brewery reveals plans for expansion
Plans revealed to build UK first eco park at tip
AN AWARD-WINNING Cynon Valley brewing company will soon expand, it has been revealed.
Grey Trees Brewery has “exciting” plans for expansion after its American hopped Afghan Pale Ale won the gold medal in SIBA’s Wales and West Independent Beer Awards as well as the top prize in the Strong Bitters category at the Great British Beer Festival.
Owned by husband and wife team Ray and Tracey Davies at their Gasworks Road site in Aberaman, the brewery specialises in craft ales using the finest hops and malts from across the globe.
And although the couple could not reveal more details of their plans to expand until the new year, they said they were “very excited”.
Andrew RT Davies, South Wales Central Assembly Member, has been singing the firm’s praises.
Mr Davies said: “It was a pleasure to visit Grey Trees Brewery – and hear of the exciting plans Ray and Tracey have to expand the business. Their brand celebrates the heritage of Aberaman and the Cynon Valley – and it’s great to see them going from strength to strength.
“Being from a farming background – I can say with confidence that the hops and malts they use are of the highest quality – and that will match their beers.
“They have already won the SIBA Gold Medal – and I have no doubts there is more success to follow.
“I’d like to wish them the very best for the future – and I’d definitely recommend Grey Trees’ products in the run up to Christmas.” A FIRST of its kind eco park is set to be built at a Cynon Valley tip.
The “ground-breaking” concept will be based at the Bryn Pica Waste Management site.
The waste produced on site – including heat and electrical energy – will be reused and turned into a resource.
The plans were announced on Monday by Rhondda Cynon Taf council.
According to the council, the first phase of development will see the innovative, eco-friendly firms move into five industrial units on site.
These units will be heated and cooled using large volumes of surplus waste heat produced at a sustainable energy plant already on site.
The council is now in discussion with potential tenants to operate fulltime from the new park.
The authority says that potential tenants include one which collects used paint and produces a new product with the recycled ingredients.
Another finds solutions to recycling mattress textiles.
Phase two would see plans for a further three hectares of land at Bryn Pica.
It is hoped various recycling companies will move to the site which will see the facility adopt a “circular economy”.
A public consultation began this week.
Councillor Robert Bevan, the council’s cabinet member for enterprise, development and housing, said: “The eco park will also create commercial opportunities and job creation in the Cynon Valley Gateway, Energising the Region – one of the council’s key strategic opportunity areas.
“This important location builds on the £1bn private sector investment in local energy projects and, working with partners across the private and public sectors, there is potential for significant job creation.”
Councillor Ann Crimmings, cabinet member for environment and leisure, added: “The ambitious plans for the development of an eco park at Bryn Pica come at a time when everyday recycling is at an all-time high in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
“Recycling more, and finding new ways to recycle, continues to be a priority for this council – and the exciting self-sustainable eco park proposed for Bryn Pica would not only be the first of its kind in Wales, but the whole of the UK.”
Grey Trees Brewery will expand next year
An artist’s impression of the eco park
Andrew RT Davies discusses Grey Trees’ ales with owner Ray Davies