Local projects that will help ‘Team Wales’ tackle climate and nature emergencies


Three local projects have been confirmed by the Welsh Government to be amongst 29 projects across Wales that benefit from the Nature Networks Fund.

The Nature Networks Fund was confirmed in March this year with the Welsh Government promising to invest in the ‘condition and connectivity’ of the protected site network, supported by the ‘active involvement of local communities’.

The Minister for Climate Change will confirm £7m of Welsh Government support for these projects in the Senedd.

The sites supported provide a vital sanctuary and high level of protection to nearly 70 species, and more than 50 types of habitats which face threats worldwide.

They also contribute significantly to the Welsh economy through tourism, recreation, farming, fishing and forestry. And they provide vital life-support services for all of us – including purifying drinking water, and storing carbon.

National Heritage Memorial Fund has taken responsibility for administering the Nature Networks Fund, Andrew White – Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales said:

“From restoring wetlands, to creating rich habitat for wildlife to flourish, it is vital that we preserve and rebuild our natural heritage.”

The three most local projects are:

Llanymynech Golf Club Restoration for Butterflies, Llanymynech Golf Club – £91,400
Part of Llanymynech Hill SSSI, has rare bryophytes and is one of the best sites for butterflies in Wales, with the very rare pearl bordered fritillary recorded there recently. The project will clear scrub and reintroduce some grazing using both sheep and cattle and also to restore and then manage areas of bracken that are infested with bramble.


Lake Vyrnwy, RSPB Cymru – £499,500
Project aims to improve the condition and resilience of the RSPB’s landholdings around the Lake Vyrnwy Estate, benefitting from a wider programme of work. This funding would support key conservation actions including blanket bog restoration on former conifer plantation, predator control, landscape scale approaches, including farmer-led support, and enhanced conservation grazing.


Luronium Futures – Montgomery Canal, Canal & River Trust – £357,800
Site of SSSI due to aquatic, emergent and marginal plant communities of exceptional interest. The towpath affords easy access for local people and visitors. This project aims to improve the canal channel conditions for rare plants and to enhance its conservation status.

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Three local projects have been confirmed by the Welsh Government to be amongst 29 projects across Wales that benefit from the Nature Networks Fund.

The Nature Networks Fund was confirmed in March this year with the Welsh Government promising to invest in the ‘condition and connectivity’ of the protected site network, supported by the ‘active involvement of local communities’.

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Canal Society seeking new trustees

The Shropshire Union Canal Society (SUCS) is currently restoring the Montgomery Canal’s dry section near Crickheath and is looking for local people interested in becoming trustees of its governing body as it prepares for the next phase towards Pant.

The Shropshire Union Canal network stretches in the east from the West Midlands to the Mersey and in the west reaches into Wales along the Montgomery and Llangollen canals. It includes the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct – a world heritage site.

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Have your say on health

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Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board has drafted a Joint 2022-2027 Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the county, which describes priorities based on local evidence and data.

Healthwatch is your health and social care champion. It is an independent statutory body with the power to make sure NHS leaders and other decision makers listen to your feedback and improve standards of care.

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Hat trick of grants for Pant Memorial Hall

The committee at Pant Memorial Hall are celebrating after a hat trick of grants were awarded to the hall to make significant investment in heating and energy efficiency as well as updated chairs for children.

For a number of years, trustees at the hall have been investigating ways to install solar panels to help reduce the carbon footprint of the hall and to improve the heating in the hall. Now, thanks to two generous grants from the Postcode Lottery Trust and The National Lottery, the hall has been awarded almost £30,000 to install solar panels on the roof of the hall, to improve insulation and to install new, more efficient heating.

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