The Welsh Government wants your views on its proposals to manage our natural resources more sustainably – https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/taking-forward-wales-sustainable-management-natural-resources. Proposals include promotion of the circular economy, nature-based solutions, new markets and innovative mechanisms, and smarter regulation. Chapter headings include Forestry, Designated Landscapes, Access to Outdoors, Water, and Waste. Comments wanted by 13 September.
Campaigners for the Wye Valley cycle path (www.wyecycle.co.uk) have created a scheme proposal that will be published as a Vision document in the near future. It is a four phase Scheme:
1 Shared Use Path from the Severn Bridge to National Shipyard No 1 Development
2 A New Wye Link Foot Bridge and adjacent approaching paths
3 Sedbury to Tidenham Tunnel along the Disused Railway Line.
4 Tidenham Tunnel to The Old Station Tintern via new Truss Bridge.
They are looking for an experienced Funding Co-Ordinator to assist with Applications due to the cross border issues and different funding sources needed for this complex project. If you are interested and able to commit yourself long term please contact us by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group’s campaign petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/restoring-the-disused-railway-line-from-chepstow-to-tintern-for-a-shared-use-path has now been signed by 4,500.
MCC and GAVO are joining forces to host Monmouthshire’s Volunteer Achievement Award gala event at Caldicot in October. Award categories include ‘Environmental’ and nominations close on Friday, 28 July. If you know someone who volunteers and deserves a big ‘thank you’ please nominate them by logging on to gavowales.org.uk/recognition or emailing email@example.com or phoning 01633 241550.
Monmouthshire Meadows Open Day on Sunday, 18 June is a great opportunity to walk around some of the county’s most beautiful meadows and to get a feel for how the Monmouthshire landscape would have looked before intensive farming methods were adopted- details at http://www.monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk/?p=3027
Wales Wide Wildlife Watch
On Saturday, 10 June the four Welsh Records Centres are banding together to run the Wales Wide Wildlife Watch. They are asking everyone across Wales to spend some time outdoors recording wildlife, so that they can get a nationwide snapshot of Welsh biodiversity in 2017. This event is to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the network of Records Centres being completed in 2007. Please see the flier for full details. We have some target species (flier here) to get things started!
Wales Nature Week events
Wales Nature Week starts Saturday, 3 June, and runs until Sunday, 11 June. There are dozens of events taking place across Wales; take a look at the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website for events in your area.
BioBlitz at Cefn Ila
A reminder that SEWBreC will be running a BioBlitz with the Woodland Trust at Cefn Ila, Usk on Saturday, 8 July (flier). This is a drop in event, so you can arrive whenever you like between 11am and 11pm. They will also be running a private BioBlitz on Sunday, 9 July (due to Velothon Wales road closures). If you would like to attend on the Sunday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you travel instructions.
The link to the current Funding Update on the Natural Resources Wales website is: https://naturalresources.wales/media/681704/june-2017-funding-update-f.pdf.
Cadw has published extensive new advice and guidance on the protection and management of the Welsh historic environment, including Technical Advice Note 24: The Historic Environment, which will replace outdated Welsh Office circulars, (www.gov.wales/topics/planning/policy/tans/?lang=en) and the first titles in a new series of best-practice guidance documents:
Heritage Impact Assessment in Wales; Managing Change in World Heritage Sites in Wales; Managing Change to Listed Buildings in Wales; Managing Change to Registered Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales; Managing Conservation Areas in Wales; Managing Historic Character in Wales; Managing Listed Buildings at Risk in Wales; Managing Lists of Historic Assets of Special Local Interest in Wales; Setting of Historic Assets in Wales.
These are only appearing in digital versions, so go to the Cadw website (www.cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/publications/?lang=en) for further information and to download copies.
Monmouthshire’s Community Climate Champions have arranged an impressive series of Energy Day events including an Alternative Vehicles Exhibition at Brewery Yard, Abergavenny, on Thursday, 15 June (2.00-8.00pm) with electric bikes and cars and the hydrogen-powered Rasa car. Full programme at www.monecoopendoors.org.uk.
Monmouthshire CC are consulting on draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Tourism Accommodation, and Rural Conversions to a Residential or Tourism Use – http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/planning-policy/current-consultations. Responses are required by 13 July.
Severn Wye Energy Agency are advertising two jobs – a 30 hrs/week Project Manager starting at about £26k pro rata based in Llandrindod Wells, Gloucester or at home (key words: Biogas, Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Biochar, Project Management, Environmental, Sustainability, Charity) and a full-time Project Worker at £17-25k based at Gloucester (key words: Advice, Customer Care, Social Enterprise, Charity, Environmental Sustainability Social Welfare, Energy Efficiency, Affordable Warmth, Fuel Poverty)
Full Job Descriptions and application forms available on www.severnwye.org.uk or by request to: Sandra Bradley 01452 835 060, email@example.com. Closing date 15 June, interviews 11/12 July.