Natural Resources Wales £4.2million boost for Welsh environment projects

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is set to invest £4.2million in projects to improve the environment across Wales.

Ceri Davies, Executive Director for Knowledge, Strategy and Planning from NRW said:

“We have been delighted at the quality and innovation of applications in response to this funding opportunity."

“The successful projects will help some of our most threatened wildlife, improve habitats plus increase access to some of Wales’ most spectacular landscapes.  We are looking forward to working with these projects as they deliver real improvements for the Welsh environment, people and economy next year."

“NRW’s purpose is to ensure that the environment and natural resources are maintained, enhanced and used.  We recognise that we cannot do this alone and there is enormous value in developing projects and partnerships."

“This is especially important as public sector budgets continue to reduce – finding new, innovative ways to deliver the best outcomes for Wales."

“We recognise that this is an especially tough financial climate for all organisations.  This scheme was vastly over-subscribed with 206 bids with a combined value of £18million submitted."

“Whilst we do not have the budget to fund them all we will be contacting all unsuccessful bidders with an offer to work with them to help strengthen their applications for future opportunities.”

Discussions between NRW and the successful bidders over the next few months will refine this year’s projects before contracts are signed during the course of the winter.

Some of the successful bids

North Wales Wildlife Trust – “Underwater Wales” aims to help people discover, explore and develop a love for the coast and its wildlife through a series of activities including “pop-up” activities on beaches during the summer such as rock pooling, beachcombing and snorkelling safaris. By teaching people more about the coast and our seas the project aims to build on the value that the Wales Coast Path has already contributed to the economy of North Wales.

Snowdonia Society – A project to further develop the use of Ty Hyll, near Betws y Coed,  as a first-class visitor destination, for community use and to educate people about the importance of pollinators, wildlife gardening, small woodland management and wildlife friendly land management.

Radnorshire Wildlife Trust – Work on a range of traditional conservation activities to manage nature reserves in Radnorshire. These include woodland management, controlling invasive species, enhancing ancient woodlands, peatlands and wetland habitats, and improving access for people to nature reserves.

Groundwork Wales – a project to remove or modify barriers in rivers in the South Wales Valleys which are affecting fish migration, survival and reproduction. These include man-made weirs, culverts, debris and the effects of livestock accessing rivers. Groundwork Wales will install rock ramps, fish passes and eel mats. They also plan to repair eroded river banks by planting willow trees and build revetments to prevent further erosion.

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