Time is running out to apply for free garden packages! Time is running out for communities to apply for free garden packages as part of our Local Places for Nature scheme. A choice of pre-paid ‘starter’ packages are being offered to community groups and organisations to create help reverse nature’s decline. They include all the plants, tools and materials needed to create small gardens. There are also ‘development’ packages available that will enable communities to create larger-scale projects, including food growing areas, sustainable drainage systems and wild gardens. A panel of experts are assessing the applications each month and have already awarded 444 packages. Practical work to install the gardens is now underway across the country. Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said: We’ve had a fantastic response to Local Places to Nature and it’s exciting to see so many new gardens taking shape. Groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes are getting involved, benefitting the well-being of their communities as well as the nature on their doorsteps. There’s only a limited number of packages still available. So, if you know an area in your community that needs some TLC, I’d urge you to apply now. Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said: Over the last few months, we have all seen how important nature is for our mental well-being. Our £5m Local Places for Nature programme encourages communities to get involved with creating nature ‘on their doorsteps’. I am delighted Keep Wales Tidy are supporting communities to come together in a covid secure way, and are again accepting applications by 31 August and hope volunteers across Wales get involved in these local projects to restore and enhance nature. 444 packages have already been awarded The latest sites to be awarded starter packages include: Brecon Cathedral, Powys. A wildlife package will be used to create a quiet and reflective community space within the historic grounds of Brecon Cathedral. The cathedral grounds have been a refuge for people during the Covid-19 crisis to walk very locally and gain peace and solitude away from their homes. They hope to extend this experience post-lockdown and provide an additional space for people to reflect and enjoy nature within their town. Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthenshire. The environment team at Glangwilli Hospital hope to use the wildlife garden package to refresh an overgrown area, encourage more wildlife and provide a green space that staff and patients can enjoy. Rhosneigr Memorial Garden, Anglesey. A wildlife garden package will be used to enhance the newly created Rhosneigr Memorial Garden on the seafront that features a donated bronze statue of Admiral Sir Max Horton. The latest sites to be awarded development packages include: Ieuenctid Tysul Youth, Ceredigion. The community food growing package will transform a rundown area in Llandysul. The aim is to develop the site not just as a growing project, but as a green space where both nature and the community can thrive, while tackling issues such as food poverty, climate change and post Covid-19 recovery. Pill Community Allotment, Newport. The community in Pill have big plans to transform overgrown allotment plots into a community education site, growing fresh produce and providing ‘plant to plate’ education and food hygiene qualification. The Local Places for Nature food growing development package will help the community achieve their ambitions. Sandfields Community Group, Neath Port Talbot. They have been awarded a wildlife package to transform a corner of Vivian Park in Sandfields, Neath Port Talbot which is currently fenced off to the public. The Sandfield Community Group has over 70 volunteers and are excited to increase the green space available for residents to enjoy. Check out the map to see where all the gardens will be across Wales. Local Places for Nature map Don’t miss out – apply today! The next application deadline is 31 August. Apply now for Local Places for Nature Mae amser yn mynd yn brin i wneud cais am becynnau gardd am ddim!