In 2012, The Grasslands Trust sadly went into liquidation, putting the future of their amazing Carmel National Nature Reserve into jeopardy. However, the then Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) quickly stepped in, and with substantial funding from GrantScape and CWM Environmental Ltd (who had previously funded much conservation work on the site through the Grasslands Trust), was able to purchase the land from the owners, Tarmac.
In 2013, WTSWW took on a long term lease of the site from Natural Resources Wales (previously CCW).
WTSWW also received a Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) grant of £33,454 from CWM Environmental to restore and enhance the important habitats on this large (50 hectares) nature reserve including a number of scarce species such as Lily of the Valley and Herb Paris, and a mixture of habitats including limestone grassland, ancient woodland and marshy grassland. Two kilometres of hedgerow was laid using traditional techniques as part of the project. Weekly volunteer workparties were supported by Wildlife Trust Officer Rebecca Killa, and amongst other skills, volunteers learned new techniques such as scything to help manage the woodland clearings and protect their wildflowers.
The LCF funds at Carmel have saved this site for wildlife and for the local community, securing its future management, allowing us to work with many local volunteers, and ensuring it remains the popular recreational resource for dog walkers and wildlife enthusiasts that it has been for many years.