Pedal for the Planet

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Nov 112015
 

A focus for Stop Climate Chaos Cymru’s Action Day on Saturday, 28 November, part of the worldwide demonstration ahead of the UN climate change negotiations in Paris, will be their Pedal for the Planet mass rally. Cyclists, and walkers, from all over Wales will meet in Callaghan Square at 1.30pm before riding to the Senedd for speakers and entertainment from 2.00pm.  Some people will be riding down from Abergavenny and you are welcome to join them. The first riders will set off from Fairfield Car Park at 8am, leaving plenty of time for lunch in Cardiff before the event. Faster riders may wish to leave later. The route they are recommending is 60km and goes down through Usk, Caerleon, Newport and out along the levels to Cardiff. A GPX of the route is available on request. If you wish to join them please let fraser@pefe.co.uk know if you intend riding down (and/or back).

Lottery Fund for Rural Communities

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Nov 082015
 

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a Rural Programme initiative, starting next summer, that complements the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme.  It’s all about developing the strengths, skills, assets and energy within communities – see more at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ruralprogramme – and you should also liaise with michaelpowell@monmouthshire.gov.uk, MCC’s Rural Programmes Manager.

Massive Grant for the Levels

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Nov 012015
 

The Gwent Levels’ ‘Living Levels’ partnership project, which is working to maintain the biodiversity and wildlife of the landscape of fields and drainage ditches, most of which are recognised as being of sites of special scientific importance, has been awarded £2.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to safeguard this special historic landscape by working with volunteers, farmers and local communities.