Communities are being encouraged to apply for free garden packages as part of our Local Places for Nature scheme ready for when projects can begin.

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 urban drainage systems and wild gardens.

Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said:

We’ve had a fantastic response to Local Places for Nature so far, and it’s been a real privilege give so many groups and organisations positive news at such a difficult time. More than ever, people are recognising the value of nature to the health and well-being of our communities. We know there are many other areas that could benefit from the scheme and we’re urging people to get involved while there are still free packages available.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said:

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’. We are delighted that Keep Wales Tidy are accepting applications again, in readiness for when projects can begin. Currently we are all staying local, to protect the NHS and save lives, but as conditions allow and when safety can be assured, I hope volunteers across Wales will be involved in these local projects to restore and enhance nature.

311 packages have already been awarded

A panel of experts are assessing the applications each month and have already awarded 311 packages to sites across Wales. The latest sites to be awarded include:

  • Ferryside Social Enterprise Group (FSEG) and Ferryside Village Forum in Carmarthenshire who have a joint plan to turn a neglected and overgrown site behind the Community Hall into an accessible community and wildlife garden.
  • Noddfa Baptist Church in Abersychan who are planning to transform their churchyard into a haven for wildlife.
  • Trefriw Community Council, Conwy who have been awarded a butterfly garden package to enable them to create a beautiful place for reflection, contemplation, and promotion of mental well-being.

Check out the map to see where all the gardens will be across Wales.

Local Places for Nature map

The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Apply now!

The next application deadline for Local Places for Nature is 31 July.

 Visit the Local Places for Nature section of our website for full details.

Apply now for Local Places for Nature

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