I’ve had a nice few days painting at the old steelworks site in Ebbw Vale.

It’s an incredible nature reserve packed full of wildflowers which was established by the Gwent Wildlife Trust a few years ago.

The concrete cylinder is one of the only physical reminders of what the site used to be.

Concrete water filtration tank
This is how the site looked in the 60’s

Whilst i was painting i chatted to lots of interesting locals who used to work on the site and told me stories of the high pressure acids that were used at 900 degrees centigrade to clean the steel. It’s hard to imagine.

The mural reflects some of the wealth of life on the site and includes: ox-eye daisies, broad bodied chasers, bilberry bees, cabbage white, knapweed, teazel, goldfinches and common reeds.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *