The Black Mountains Land Use Partnership has secured a grant of £1m from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) for its Sustainable Management Scheme project funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. This will ensure that the partnership can move forward in its aim to promote continued improvement, restoration and sustainable management of the natural resources of the Black Mountains. The pioneering partnership brings together key stakeholders in the area, including graziers from the Black Mountains Graziers Association and private land owners, along with public land owning bodies and support from the Young Farmers Club. Working together the partners aim to improve the viability and quality of the traditional farming practices that contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources. These will include bracken management, heather regeneration, improvement of grazing land and the protection of peat resources. Local communities will be involved through developing a rural skills programme, engagement with schools and the creation of employment opportunities including two partnership ranger posts.