Additional £657k invested in Welsh woodlands by The Woodland Investment Grant
THREE woodland projects in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiff are the latest to benefit from a Welsh Government environmental grant programme.
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is getting £245,860 for the ‘Llys y Fran’ project in Pembrokeshire.
Carmarthenshire County Council has been awarded £219,397 for its Coed Ynys Dawela project near Brynamman.
And near Cardiff, St Fagans National Museum of History’s ‘Gwyrdd Ni’ project is receiving £191,786.
The money – £657,043 in total, comes from The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) which is run by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
These latest awards brings the overall investment by the TWIG programme since it launched in June 2022 to over £1.7 million – £1,715, 498.
Minister for Climate Change Julie James said: “We all know the importance of having access to green spaces and nature near to our homes and places of work. These projects will not only be of great importance for biodiversity but for the local communities that will benefit, enabling better access to our existing woodlands so more people can use and enjoy.
“As part of our National Forest programme these projects will help to restore and maintain some of Wales’s irreplaceable ancient woodlands, which in time will form a connected network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.”
The TWIG programme provides grants of £40,000 – £250,000 to create, restore and enhance woodlands in Wales.
It is part of the Welsh Government’s National Forest for Wales programme and this is the second round of five funding awards to be made over two years.
Welcoming the announcements, Andrew White, Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales said:
“Funding natural heritage projects which help tackle the effects of climate change and support nature’s recovery is a key priority for The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales. The Woodland Investment Grant in partnership with the Welsh Government is just one of the ways that we are meeting this objective.
“From the creation of new woodlands and the restoration of others, these grants will also contribute to the National Forest for Wales programme, enhance capacity to adapt to the climate crisis and bring direct health benefits to the people and communities involved.”
One project benefitting close to home is run by Welsh Water. They are getting £245,860 for the ‘Llys y Fran’ project in Pembrokeshire. The project will focus on delivering multi-purpose woodlands to create access to them for recreation, tourism, community engagement, education and learning opportunities, as well as enhancing the woodland and creating a wildlife corridor around the reservoir. Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water will bring the woodlands up to National Forest of Wales standards and promote tourism, health and wellbeing. Culverts and bridges will be installed to open up a 6.5 mile route to a wider range of visitors including those who require mobility equipment or pushchairs.
Vicky Martin, Head of Visitor Attraction Strategy at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding which will enable us to bring the woodlands around Llys-y-frân Lake up to National Forest of Wales outcomes allowing us to promote tourism, health, and well-being, whilst also enhancing the biodiversity in a much-loved and valued area.
“Collaboration with the local community is important to Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. This project will support the creation of a forest school and will develop volunteers’ skills and knowledge, along with broadening public access by providing accessible green spaces for the community and visitors.”
Further east in Carmarthenshire, the county council has been awarded £219,397 for the Coed Ynys Dawela project at the Ynys Dawela Nature Park near Brynamman. A mix of semi-ancient woodland and secondary woodland, it provides a unique habitat for a diverse range of wildlife including the marsh fritillary butterfly is a valuable community resource used by a wide range of people and the local primary school. Work will include coppicing of selected areas to improve the structure of the woodland; installing approximately 400m of boardwalk over wet areas; replacing existing bridges with drainage pipes to reduce the around of maintenance required; improving signage to the site and creating a webpage about it.
Cllr. Gareth John, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “This grant funding will create the opportunity to maintain and enhance the biodiversity of the woodland and meadows at Ynys Dawela for the present and for the future.
“Through the use of this fund, we will be able to showcase the incredible diversity of natural life in the woodlands and meadows and, in doing so, create and maintain a space for the whole community to enjoy and cherish.
“Opportunities will be created for the local community to benefit from the investment by offering a wide range of wellbeing activities, which include the chance to learn new woodland and outdoor based skills. Volunteering opportunities will also be created with a mix of citizen science opportunities, volunteer ranger roles, and conservation workdays.”
St Fagans National Museum of History is getting £191,786 for its ‘Gwyrdd Ni’ (Verdure/’Our lush green vegetation’) project to enhance an existing deciduous woodland on its site outside Cardiff. Many of the trees there are over 100-years old, consisting of a mixed broadleaf canopy of oak, elm, sycamore, beech, ash, cherry, and birch. The current ground layer is a fallen mix of bramble, nettle, and fern. The vigorous growth of bramble and hung-up windblown trees restrict access. The project will create a dynamic and interpretative woodland which will be managed not just through the seasons, but as it matures and evolves.
Janet Wilding, Head of Estates, St Fagans Museum of National History said: “We are delighted to receive funding for Gwyrdd Ni project. Thank you to the Welsh Government and The National Lottery Heritage Fund! The funding from The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) will give our visitors the opportunity to explore Gwyrdd Ni woodland at St Fagans National Museum of History.
“We will be installing an accessible footpath through the woodland to provide a peaceful, wellbeing walk with interpretation panels about the trees and wildlife, supported by the Welsh Government and The National Lottery Heritage Fund and as part of the National Forest for Wales programme. We will also be providing an area dedicated to school groups to introduce them to wellbeing as well as nature.”
Community groups invited to apply for Co-op funding support as deadline approaches
LOCAL community groups and charities are invited to apply to receive funding and support from Co-op’s Local Community Fund, with applications open up until 11 June for organisations to be considered for the next round of funding.
Co-op’s Local Community Fund has supported over 30,000 local community projects across the UK since its launch in 2016, and charities and organisations, who play a vital role in the wellbeing of communities, can apply up until 11 June to be considered for the next round of funding.
The Co-op’s support comes at a much-needed time, with insight from over 3,000 local community causes across the UK showing that more than eight-in-10 (84%) of local groups have seen a jump in demand for their services through the cost-of-living crisis.
Co-op is looking to continue to support projects that have an impact and make a difference locally and, align with Co-op’s vision of co-operating for a fairer world, with a focus on:
• Bringing people together to access food: Such as community fridges, allotments, and cookery classes
• Helping to improve people’s mental wellbeing: Including sporting activities and, clubs and societies that promote mental well-being and build social connections
• Creation of opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference: For example, youth groups and forums that work to build confidence, employability and, life skills
• Enabling communities to save and restore nature or tackle climate change: With examples including community gardens, tree planting, energy schemes, re-wilding, and sustainable transport
Last month, (April) Co-op also announced that it was aiming to attract one million active new Members over the next five years, and launched new member price benefits within its food business to help its members save more. Members also make a difference simply by shopping at Co-op. By buying selected Co-op products and services, members earn rewards for themselves and for their community too – with £117m raised over the last seven years to support local causes and community projects across the UK.
Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community and Member Participation at Co-op said: “Co-op is committed to making a real and tangible difference in our local communities, while creating significant value for Members through our Membership scheme. Our Local Community Fund is more relevant than ever as the cost-of-living crisis is making it incredibly challenging for many local organisations. We know that our members want to support the communities they live in, and Co-op membership is a powerful way for people to do this, simply by shopping at Co-op – with our funding support enabling local organisations to provide valuable services and support to people at a time when communities need it most.”
More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership including its exclusive offers and deals is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk/membership
Community groups interested in applying to Co-op’s Local Community Fund, should visit https://causes.coop.co.uk/
New venue for the highly anticipated Pembrokeshire Classic Car Show
PEMBROKESHIRE classic car enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that this year’s highly anticipated Classic Car Show will be held at a new and exciting location. The Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club, known for organizing this popular event, has decided to move the show to Carew Airfield. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023.
The decision to relocate the event came about due to certain challenges with public parking at the previously favored Scolton Manor venue. By shifting the show to Carew Airfield, organizers hope to alleviate any parking difficulties and provide a more convenient experience for attendees.
Classic car enthusiasts from all over Wales and beyond can expect a spectacular display of various classic vehicles at the show. From vintage and classic cars, including some American models, to modern-day marvels, there will be something to captivate every car lover. In addition to cars, the event will showcase motorcycles, tractors, military vehicles, and commercial vehicles.
The Classic Car Show isn’t just about vehicles; it offers a complete day of fun for the whole family. Attendees can explore attractions such as the West Wales Model Boats, children’s rides, a car boot sale, and an auto jumble. Moreover, a variety of craft and trade stalls will be present, offering an opportunity for some shopping. The show will also feature charity stalls, including Paul Sartori and The Wales Air Ambulance, allowing visitors to contribute to worthy causes. To add to the excitement, both the Police and the 223rd Transportation Army Squadron will be in attendance, showcasing their impressive vehicle displays.
To further enhance the experience, the Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club will be running a raffle during the event. Hunger and thirst will not be an issue, as a selection of food outlets will be available, offering hot and cold food and drinks, ice cream, Welsh cakes, and even a public bar. St. John’s Ambulance will also be present to provide necessary medical support.
In addition to all the fantastic attractions at the show, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the nearby wartime museum, which will be open for exploration on the day.
The Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club is thriving, boasting over one hundred and eighty members. The success of the show in previous years has enabled the club to donate substantial sums to local charities. This year, the selected beneficiaries are Paul Sartori, Wales Air Ambulance, and Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give.
The organizers extend their gratitude to the club members, Gravells Kia of Narberth for their support, the participants, stallholders, car booters, landowners, FRF Toyota for providing trophies, and, of course, the public for attending. It is their collective efforts that make this event possible year after year.
The Classic Car Show will welcome the public from 10:30 am onwards on Saturday, June 3rd, and will conclude at 4 pm. So, mark your calendars and head over to Carew Airfield on the A477 for a truly unforgettable “Classic” day out.
North Pembrokeshire community exceeds fundraising target to purchase local pub
CRYMYCH, the tight-knit community in North Pembrokeshire, is celebrating a significant milestone in their journey to acquire the beloved local pub. The villagers have successfully raised an impressive £191,000 within a remarkable eight-week period since launching their community share offer on April 1st. This achievement far surpasses their initial target of £175,000, which was set as the necessary amount to proceed with their mission to revive the Crymych Arms, which has remained closed for the past 18 months.
The local football club, established just three years ago, has taken the lead in this initiative by registering as a mutual society cooperative. By doing so, they have been able to issue shares and rally support in their efforts to purchase the pub and transform it into a vibrant community hub, doubling as the new club house. This unique concept combines the functions of a pub, a club, and a hub, giving birth to the ingenious notion of a “Pubclubhub.”
The football committee members eagerly anticipate the outcomes of grant funding bids, which will provide the final piece of the financial puzzle needed to acquire and reopen the community pubclubhub by this August. To date, several hundred people have invested in £100 shares, with many purchasing them as thoughtful gifts for supporters of the idea of community-owned pubs. Additionally, numerous football enthusiasts are buying shares to lend their support to local grassroots sports. By owning a share, individuals not only become part owners of a pub but also stakeholders in the football club, as the funds raised through share purchases will be utilized to acquire the historic pub in North Pembrokeshire.
The closed pub is listed at a full asking price of £275,000, and the football club committee continues to welcome new members who are interested in acquiring the £100 shares. Those intrigued by this venture and the prospect of becoming co-owners of a pub and football club can visit www.cpdcrymych.cymru for the share offer prospectus and to learn more about the community investment, which offers a promising 3% gross interest per year.
Furthermore, the next public meeting, open to anyone seeking more information about this exciting community venture, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th, at 7 pm. The meeting will take place at Crymych market hall, providing an opportunity for interested individuals to engage with the project’s leaders, ask questions, and further familiarize themselves with the vision and goals of this community-driven initiative.
Crymych’s remarkable achievement in surpassing their fundraising target exemplifies the power of community spirit and highlights the determination of its residents to preserve and revitalize their cherished local pub. The collective effort to transform the Crymych Arms into a thriving pubclubhub not only ensures a vibrant social gathering place but also strengthens community bonds and supports grassroots sports.
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