Keep Wales Tidy is currently providing skills, knowledge and equipment so that community groups can better manage green spaces in Merthyr Tydfil. The practical improvements to the outdoors are based around traditional countryside management techniques such as hedge-laying and dry-stone walling.

The Countryside Guardians project is working alongside community groups and volunteers in the rural wards of Cyfartha, Vaynor and Bedlinog. The sites that benefit are varied and include open countryside and road sides, all of which can support a host of wildlife.

This 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.

Jake Castle, Keep Wales Tidy’s Project Officer commented:

This is a great opportunity for people to get involved in practically managing the countryside. Whether you just want a little taster or something more lasting, including accredited training.

The activities planned over the coming months are completely free and open to everyone. There’s also the opportunity to receive free accredited training in Countryside Management. Awareness and information stands will be held in Parc Taf Bargoed Pavilion on 5 June and St Tydfil’s shopping centre on 16 June.

For more details, contact Jake Castle from Keep Wales Tidy on 07824 504794 or [email protected]

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