Empowering change through Green Connections

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) which covers Brecknock is working with Radnorshire Wildlife Trust (RWT) and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust (MWT) on an exciting new county wide project called Green Connections Powys.

Green Connections Powys project is helping community groups, small businesses, landowners and councils take action to address climate change and biodiversity loss and create a nature recovery network across the county. The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The project was launched at King George V playing fields, Talgarth.  The event, which involved displays, activities and a guided walk was well attended by councillors, community groups and landowners who want to encourage more wildlife into green spaces. 

Sites managed by Community group ‘On The verge Talgarth’ hosted a pollinator walk led by bug expert Phil Ward and a demonstration on the use of scythes to cut meadows traditionally.  The use of green hay to boost the wildflower diversity was also explained.  In this case the donor site was nearby Trewalkin Meadow Nature managed by WTSWW-Brecknock.

It was a great privilege to be present at the launch of ‘Green Connections Powys’ today, especially as it was hosted at our own King George V Playing fields (Talgarth). It is really positive to see all three Wildlife Trusts within Powys collaborating in this way, for the betterment of our natural environment, at this time of Climate Emergency.

As a longstanding Wildlife Trust supporter, I was also pleased to see the level of collaboration with local groups, such as On the Verge, Talgarth Community Woodland Group, Tools for Self Reliance and indeed, Talgarth Town Football Club, for providing an excellent venue. It was a very rich and worthwhile event – and a credit to all staff and volunteers involved.

Councillor William Powell

Landowners near Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Brecon are enthusiastically connecting with the project.  They have discussed changes in land management to increase biodiversity and Green Connections Powys will continue to work with them by offering training and facilitating species recording days. 

Community groups such as Talybont Wildflowers, On The Verge Talgarth and the newly formed Friends of Diamond Park, Ystradgynlais are being supported to make their sites more attractive to wildlife with advice and discovery sessions to find out what is there already.

As more land is improved for wildlife, better connections are made across the landscape enabling species populations to be more resilient in the face of climate change. 

The Green Connections team in Talgarth for the project launch!
Scything at the Green Connections Project Launch

If you would like to enhance your green space for wildlife but don’t know where to start please contact Pauline Hill p.hill@welshwildlife.org.