The three-person independent review of designated landscapes in Wales has concluded that National Parks and AONB bodies should better understand their local economies and promote sustainable development. They should be empowered to be centres for enterprise and innovation and catalysts for development within their environmental limits. They should retain their separate identities but be collectively known as the National Landscapes of Wales. National Parks should also retain their local authority status and AONBs their flexible management models, but be set performance targets by Welsh Government. Full details are at http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/consmanagement/review-designated-landscapes-wales/?lang=en. Now the Welsh Government has asked Dafydd Elis-Thomas to chair another group that will explore the 69 recommendations and report its findings in 2016.
At the same time Welsh Government is advertising for members of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority at www.gov.wales/publicappointments.
The future of food is local and the Community Land Advisory Service Cymru (CLAS Cymru) wants to give landowners and estate managers an opportunity to play your part in providing a resilient and local food system here in Wales. Community Supported Agriculture brings farmers and communities together. Responsibilities, risks and rewards are shared. The farmer guarantees produce (dairy, fruit, vegetables, meat or honey) and people who live relatively locally sign up as members and pay every month for the food they receive. There is now a huge demand for CSA in Wales as people become more aware of the food they eat and desire sustainable lifestyles. CLAS are supporting communities to gain land for CSA and community growing in both urban and rural areas.
If you are interested in helping to provide land to create a more sustainable food system and have a local, more resilient model of food production then please come along to Caldicot Castle on Tuesday, 17 November (10.00am – 1.30pm). Please email email@example.com to book your place.
The Big Lottery Fund is currently developing a new programme where rural communities will be the focus. To ensure this programme reaches the right people, BIG wants to ensure that these communities are at the heart of its development. Your views are therefore wanted. It is likely that the programme will support the following groups: social enterprises; co-operatives; mutuals; community interest companies; local authorities alongside voluntary and community groups. Further information: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ruralprogramme
SEWBReC’s Autumn newsletter – http://www.sewbrec.org.uk/content/attachments/Issue%2013%20Autumn%202015%20(reduced).pdf – includes, amongst much else, articles on the increase in ravens in Gwent, this year’s interesting plant finds, and a We Count for Wildlife event at Monmouth in June.
Monmouthshire County Council will be out and about during October and November engaging with residents, businesses and organisations over shrinking public service budgets and increasing funding challenges for next year’s services. Public meetings are planned to take place in November. The sessions will inform the public of the serious challenges the County Council is facing and inform them about how the council plans to work with the public and town and community councils to try and maintain services. Public meetings dates are:
Monday 16 November – County Hall, Usk, 6.30 – 8.00pm (this session will also be live streamed on YouTube)
Tuesday 17 November – Shire Hall, Monmouth 6.30– 8.00pm
Thursday 19 November – Grey Hill Hall, Caldicot School 6.30 – 8.00pm
Monday 23 November – King Henry VIII School, 6.30– 8.00pm
Wednesday 25 November The Dell Primary School, Chepstow 6.30 – 8.00pm
Town Centre informal chat sessions:
Tuesday 10 November – Caldicot Town Centre 10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 11 November – Abergavenny Town Centre 10.00am – 12.00pm
Thursday 12 November – Chepstow Town Centre 10.00am – 12.00pm
Friday 13 November – Monmouth Town Centre 10.00am – 12.00pm
Live Twitter Question and Answer sessions will be held on 11, 18 and 24 November (all 6.00pm – 8.00pm).
All of the ideas are available at: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/monmouthshire-engages-budget-201617 and comments are welcomed on our social media channels: Twitter@MonmouthshireCC and Monmouthshire’s Facebook page. Contact Engagement Officer Rhian Cook 01633 644364 or 07789 922586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the events.
Stop Climate Change Chaos Cymru, a coalition of 14 organisations,is holding a Day of Action at Cardiff on 28 November – details at http://stopclimatechaoscymru.org/stop-climate-chaos-cymru/wales-climate-action-day-diwrnod-hinsawdd-cymru/. There will be a mass cycle ride to the Senedd.
The National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee has called for the Environment (Wales) Bill to be strengthened with extra provisions for the protection of biodiversity, and to ensure that progress can be measured.
A day (Saturday, 31 October – 11.00-3.30) of talks, debates, films, stalls, food, juicing with Incredible Edible: Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street, Abergavenny. Bring all the family – Entrance free but donations gratefully received. Featuring Sue Harrison from Bee Friendly Monmouthshire, the Local Food Manager from Gloucester M5 Services, and a speaker from Global Justice Now on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Contact Sue at email@example.com for details.
The Gwent Wildlife Trust has made it through to the final three for the wonderful Grow Wild project grant with their entry: Furnace to Flowers, at the former Ebbw Vale steelworks site. The decision is now in your hands, via a public phone and web vote. You can vote in different ways:
- Telephone 0808 228 7203 for FREE (you are allowed to vote three times per phone!)
- Online at votewales.growwilduk.com and click on Furnace to Flowers (this can be done once each per computer, laptop, tablet and smart phone)
Based at the National Museum in Cardiff, but working with the Gwent Wildlife Trust on non-marine molluscs, this bursary position aims to build expertise among volunteers and recorders. Details at http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/job/56640-natural-talent-traineeship-non-marine-molluscs?from_update=true, apply by 23 October.