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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New Year walking in Pant

View over Shropshire from Llanymynech Rocks - Pant.Today

The New Year is often a time when we decide to make resolutions about our health – especially after the eating and drinking that some of us rather overindulge in over the Christmas period.

But for those of us lucky enough to live in or near Pant, help is at hand with an outdoor gym that is totally free to access. But for visitors or those new to the area, we hope this article will encourage you to pull on your walking shoes or boots and get walking in Pant and explore the area.

There’s always a temptation to put off a walk in the countryside until the summer ‘when the weather is fine’, but there’s a lot to be said for taking a walk on a crisp winter’s day. Cold weather needs a few extra layers, but the clear air means you can get some spectacular views. Walking in Pant can be a joy whatever the weather.

Looking down on Pant Shropshire from Llanymynech Hill
Looking down on Pant, Shropshire from Llanymynech Hill

We have listed some of the things to do in Pant elsewhere on this website  and a number of them include a walk onto Llanymynech Rocks.

The rocks are a popular haunt for dog walkers, climbers and bird watchers and they offer walks to suit a variety of abilities.

There are footpaths and bridleways crisscrossing the rocks and if you start from Llanymynech Wharf Heritage Centre you can pass under the busy A483 by way of a pedestrian stone tunnel and then ascend the English Incline to the top. This is a fairly steep ascent, while an easier ascent can be made by starting in the car park in Underhill Lane in Pant and following the signs.

Even gentler walks can be had along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal.

Montgomery Canal in Pant - Pant.today
The Montgomery Canal still needs restoration, this water is only from the rain

At this time of year, it can be muddy and in places there are stiles to navigate, if you join the canal towpath at the Penygarreg Lane end and walk towards Llanymynech there are stiles to navigate but the walk is well worth it.
Pant Wharf - Pant.Today
In the other direction, a walk starting at School Lane Bridge will take you along the towpath in the direction of Crickheath and Maesbury. The School Lane bridge, by the way, is the last bridge in England to pose an obstacle to the reopening of the Montgomery Canal and plans are being advanced to rebuild the bridge in the near future – take a look at this link to find out more. Again there are stiles on the sections nearest to Pant.

We would really like to feature some detailed walks – as well as other outdoor pursuits – on pant.today, so if you would be willing to write one up and send it to us along with photos, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Montgomery Canal photo exhibition – call for entries

Montgomery Canal

The Canal and River Trust are seeking photographs of the Montgomery Canal for an exhibition to celebrate the canal, its wildlife and its heritage which will be staged at Underhill Farm in Pant.

Montgomery Canal
Montgomery Canal

Open to amateurs and professionals of all ages, villagers of Pant are especially welcome to send in their photographs as the first exhibition will be at Underhill Farm in Pant on Sunday 1st October, as part of its Big Draw family day.

Underhill Farm and Nearly Wild Exploration are helping the Trust create an exhibition celebrating the canal and its heritage, which will then be shown at a number of locations along the canal from the Newtown to Oswestry areas. The Trust also hope to produce some postcards of the canal.

Please submit photographs (maximum of two per person) preferably by September 1st, and no later than September 11th, by email to enquiries@underhillfarm.org.

Please note that, by entering, you are agreeing to the photographs you submit being used by the Canal and River Trust for both the exhibition and to promote the restoration work of the canal.

 

Montgomery Canal towpath improvements in Pant

Canal & River Trust - Pant Today

The Canal & River Trust, the charity that is entrusted to care for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, has announced that improvements works to the canal towpath in Pant are to begin in the next few weeks.

Canal & River Trust - Pant TodayAs part of the development phase of the Montgomery canal restoration project, Canal & River Trust have asked the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) to work on towpath improvement works between Pant Bridge (number 88) and Penygarreg Lane. This CRC group will work on vegetation and hedge management, as well as towpath re-instalment over the next few months.

This collaborative approach has proved successful on other CRT restoration projects and it is hoped that the work on this section of the Montgomery canal will be a first step towards its involvement in the wider Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project.

The canal basin on Penygarreg Lane, Pant
The towpath will be improved in Pant to the canal basin on Penygarreg Lane.

Speaking about the works Sylvia Edwards, Community Development Officer at the Canal & River Trust said there would be opportunities for local residents to get involved and help support the project. She said: “As part of the Montgomery canal restoration project, the Canal & River Trust is planning a range of activities that will involve local communities. Over this spring/summer period, I would like to trial a canal heritage walk from Llanymynech to the Vyrnwy aqueduct as well as a wildlife discovery walk that takes in a navigable section of the canal.

“I would be very interested to hear from local people who have a good knowledge of the canal heritage or canal wildlife and who would be happy to volunteer a couple of hours as walk leaders.”

If you think that you have the necessary skills and knowledge, please get in touch with Sylvia by email in the first instance on sylvia.edwards@canalrivertrust.org.uk.