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Transport Project Funding

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Apr 182017
 

The Welsh Government has awarded Monmouthshire CC £1m local transport grant for 2017/18 preparatory work for the Llanfoist Active Travel Bridge, works on Lion Street and Frogmore Street, Abergavenny, to improve walking and cycling, improvements to the Wyebridge junction at Monmouth, and a new zebra crossing at Wyesham.

The Long Forest

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Apr 182017
 

Tasked with improving our hedgerows, collecting valuable habitat information and encouraging people to take an interest in nature, The Long Forest is a natural heritage project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Keep Wales Tidy will be working with volunteers and landowners in Monmouthshire – contact thomas.ward-jackson@keepwalestidy.cymru (07766 754894) if you would like to volunteer for surveying or practical work or are an interested landowner.

Monmouthshire Meadows News

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Apr 182017
 

The speaker at the Monmouthshire Meadows group AGM and Spring Get-together at Llanishen Village Hall on 26 April (7pm) will be local ecologist and author Dr George Peterken.  The event is open to non-members (£3.50 for the meeting, £17 with buffet), but please book with marilyn@monmouthshiremeadows.org.uk.  MMG has leased 24 acres of grassland, bog and woodland at Wet Meadow, Trellech, from the County Council and is managing it jointly with Gwent Wildlife Trust and help from an AONB grant.

Potential of Renewables Not Being Reached

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Apr 062017
 

A report for the Institute of Welsh Affairs – http://www.iwa.wales/news/2017/04/re-energising-wales-funding-renewable-energy-projects-wales-report/ – highlights missed opportunities and barriers to accessing funding for renewable energy projects.  The report points to a need for a comprehensive Welsh Government sustainable energy strategy, more lobbying of the UK Government on subsidies, and more community-owned RE schemes.  It also regrets the investment of local government pension funds in fossil fuel companies rather than RE.

Concern for Rivers

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Apr 052017
 

Prompt action by NRW and Welsh Water appears to have substantially contained a serious environmental incident arising from a failed lagoon that might have discharged 450,000 litres of slurry into a tributary of the Honddu in the Llanthony valley near Abergavenny.  The Honddu flows into the Monnow which joins the Wye at Monmouth.

News from NRW

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Mar 212017
 

This is the link to the current Funding Update on the Natural Resources Wales website:
https://naturalresources.wales/media/680993/march-2017-nrw-english-final.pdf

NRW is currently reviewing its funding strategy for external partners. A webinar is planned for 29 March at 11:30 – 12:30 to introduce the new developing approach and to take feedback and comments from partners.

If you wish to attend the webinar please send your e-mail address to external.funding@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

National Park SDF Grants

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Mar 172017
 

Applications are now open for the Sustainable Development Fund in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Projects should be designed to achieve a more sustainable way of living, especially projects relating to green energy, promoting rural economic development, heritage. communities or health and wellbeing. For more details about SDF and how to apply please visit: http://www.beacons-npa.gov.uk/substainable-development-fund/ or contact the SDF Project Officers helen.roderick@beacons-npa.gov.uk or ceri.bevan@beacons-npa.gov.uk  Telephone: 01874 624437.  For the main grants programme, application deadlines for 2017 are 21st June, 30th August and 8th November. Applications for grants under £2000 can be accepted at any time.

Cider Heritage Post

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Mar 122017
 

An opportunity to join the Welsh Perry & Cider Society has arisen, working as a part-time Heritage Project Assistant (fixed term contract to March 2018) on their Heritage Lottery Funded Project, looking into the Heritage of Orchards and Cider making in Wales. This is a varied and unique job combining admin tasks, working with community groups, researching and field work (Literally!).  Contact them at: info@welshcider.co.uk

Environet Capacity Building Events

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Mar 102017
 

Join Environet for these free informative and participatory events, packed full of workshops and presentations, that will bring together funders, specialist support bodies, community groups, the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner – and YOU!  Cardiff event 23 March.

Visit http://www.wcva.org.uk/about-us/news/2017/02/environet-capacity-building-events?seq.lang=en-GB for more details.