Actor Michael Sheen has hit out at landowners demanding £100,000 to secure the future of a recreation ground in the Swansea valley. 

The star, who lives near Ystradgynglais, highlighted a campaign by trustees of the Ystradgynlais Welfare Grounds and also questioned why the community must raise the sum to save the playing fields. 

The grounds are used by the town’s rugby, football and cricket sides as well as providing tennis and bowls facilities and are a valuable open space in the town on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

The 100 year lease is now about to expire, and while trustees of the Ystradgynlais Community Welfare Ground Association have reached an agreement with landowners, at a rate of £2,000 a year, it must be paid 50 years in advance.

That means the group must raise £100,000, prompting a fundraising campaign online with events planned to raise the total amount. 

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Sheen shared a tweet from the town’s rugby club on Sunday which appealed for support for the campaign. 

The star, who has become well known as a campaigner and activist on social issues, has more than half a million followers on Twitter. 

He questioned why the town should have to raise the amount to secure the valuable recreation land and wrote: “Who the hell is demanding that the community of Ystradgynlais come up with 100k all at once to keep their playing fields after everything that’s happened??? They should be ashamed of themselves. #ystradgynlais #landowners”."

The welfare grounds is home to the town’s rugby club and has been the scene of famous cup battles with Llanelli, Cardiff and even a 1994 giant slaying when top flight Newport were defeated in the 1994 Welsh Cup.

Events including carnivals and festivals have also been staged at the grounds. 

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