The Wye Valley AONB is promoting the two-year Youth Ranger Programme as part of the Foresters’ Forest Initiative. Sixty young people have taken part to date and enhanced their knowledge, experience and skills in all matters that fall within the countryside management sector; drystone walling, hedgelaying, coppicing, wildlife survey, farm visits, recreation, rural craft skills & heritage knowledge to name but a few. More information at http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk/index.php/youth-rangers/. Register your interest today – there are free taster sessions in September. Young people who have taken part in Youth Rangers have found it useful in adding to their CV’s and when making personal statements for university applications.
Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths has called for views, by 13 September, on how the Welsh public sector might be carbon neutral by 2030: http://gov.wales/newsroom/environmentandcountryside/2017/170705-welsh-public-sector-to-be-carbon-neutral-by-2030/?lang=en
The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has commenced the process of reviewing the Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the National Park. The existing Plan set out how the Authority intended to improve access to the countryside between 2007 and 2017. The Authority will be undertaking a number of consultations over the Summer and Autumn and will endeavour to consult as many people and organisations as possible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01874 624437. As the Plan will set the direction of the management of the rights of way and access provision for the next 10 years your input and opinion is crucial to the process.
As it becomes more evident that Wales will fall well short of meeting its carbon emission targets, the Woodland Trust has said Wales had not met its tree planting objectives and failed to address the need for them in the landscape to deliver key environmental, public and economic gains. The Climate Change Strategy of 2010 aspired to create 2000ha of new woodland every year; only 100ha have been planted in two of the last three years. Public opposition to conifers and onerous NRW regulations have been blamed.
MCC and the Welsh Government are holding a public exhibition of proposed plans to improve the A40/A466 Wye Bridge road junction at Monmouth. It is at the Shire Hall on Friday, 7 July (11am-7pm) and Saturday, 8 July (10am-5pm). The proposals are for a third southbound lane on the A40 and upgrading subway ramps.
Outline plans for a mixed use urban village, including 975 homes and a school, on the 52 ha Mamhilad Strategic Action Area site, which includes the former Parke-Davis and ICI factories, have been submitted to Torfaen Council by Johnsey Estates UK.
The Welsh Government has declined to accept the risk of guaranteeing part of the cost of the Circuit of Wales at Ebbw Vale. Instead they will build an automotive technology business park on the site. Gwent Wildlife Trust has welcomed the decision and wants to work with the business park developers to allow the unique mosaic of upland habitats to continue.
SEWBReC and Woodland Trust Wales have arranged a BioBlitz at Cefn Ila near Usk on Saturday, 8 July (11am – 11pm with BBQ, moth trap and bat walk) plus a Recording Field Day at Cefn Ila on Sunday, 9 July (9am – 3pm). These events are an excellent opportunity to discover the wildlife of this beautiful and varied site, acquired by the Woodland Trust in 2007. The Trust have since planted over 36,000 native trees on the site, adding young deciduous woodland to a habitat mosiac which includes species rich grassland, aquatic habitats and hedgerows plus the remnants of a formal garden including walled garden, mature arboretum and an ancient orchard.
The Sunday event is for recorders, though with all levels of knowledge. It is also the day of local Velathon road closures. Contact Elaine Wright with any questions or comments (phone: 029 2064 1110, email: email@example.com).
Julie Hughes, Development Officer with Heritage Lottery Fund, will be holding 1–to-1 surgeries in Chepstow on Monday, 24 July in Chepstow Library. If you have an idea for a heritage based project please contact Julie (Wales@hlf.org.uk) before 17 July to book your slot. For more information about grants that are available please go to the website – https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/where-we-fund.
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.