Brecknock Wildlife Trust launches its Wild Communities project on Wednesday 30 March at Golwg y Cwm Primary School in Ystradgynlais.

The three-year project will work closely with local people and organisations to help revitalise communities and their local environment in Cwm Tawe Uchaf (Upper Swansea Valley).

Joyce Watson, Labour Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales and a member of the Welsh Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, will attend the event. She says:

“The Wild Communities project will provide vital skills for the community of Ystradgynlais, as well as giving people experiences that will spark an interest in their local wildlife and teach them how to enjoy and protect it. Access to green spaces has been shown to improve people’s health and wellbeing so projects like these are very important.”

Wild Communities will encourage people to ‘go wild, get skilled and stay well’ through regular practical conservation workdays, guided walks and workshops. The project will provide valuable opportunities for local unemployed people and those experiencing physical and mental ill health to access training, learn new skills and meet new people. In turn, this will see an increase in their employability and improved health and well-being.

Wild Communities will also deliver environmental education sessions through schools and community events to engage with children, giving them experiences that will spark an interest in their wild surrounding landscapes. This project continues the Trusts Living Landscape work in Cwm Tawe Uchaf (Upper Swansea Valley) and follows on from the previous “Upper Tawe Valley Living Landscape Project”.

Brecknock Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of £313,757 from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver this project.

Notes to editors

The event takes place between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday 30 March.

There will be free face painting for the little ones as well as a variety of children’s wildlife arts and crafts. You could make your very own bird feeder to take home! There will also be willow weaving workshops suitable for children and adults as well as nature talks and walks.

Please contact Chris Jones for more information. Telephone 01639 844273 or 07840 104607, or email [email protected]

Brecknock Wildlife Trust is a registered charity and membership organisation that has been operating for over 50 years, working for the protection of the wildlife habitats and species in the old county of Brecknock.