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Introducing The Urban Long Forest Project

We are delighted to announce that we have received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the development of our Urban Long Forest Project.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to protect and restore hedgerows in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham.

Hedgerows form a vital part of the Welsh landscape, supporting an enormous variety of species and acting as corridors for wildlife by connecting pockets of precious green space. Sadly, hedgerows across the country are at risk from inappropriate management, destruction and neglect, particularly in built up areas.

We have been protecting hedgerows in rural areas for ten years through the ‘Long Forest’ initiative. Now, by developing The Urban Long Forest Project, we hope to raise awareness and involve urban communities in looking after hedgerows and ancient trees.

We will be working in partnership with Coed Cadw, Adult Learning Wales, Llais y Goedwig and local authorities to plan a range of education, training, and practical activities.

We have been awarded development funding of £172,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help us progress our plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.

Commenting on the award, Keep Wales Tidy Deputy Chief Executive Louise Tambini said:

We’re delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. Hedgerows in urban areas have been overlooked and undervalued for far too long. In the face of climate and nature emergencies, this can’t go on. Urban Long Forest gives us the opportunity to change attitudes and start harnessing the incredible power of hedgerows and ancient trees. We’re looking forward to working with our partners and communities in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot and Wrexham to develop the project.

Louise Tambini
Deputy Chief Executive

Could you be our Project Co-ordinator?

You could take the lead on this exciting new project!

We are looking for a Project Co-ordinator to help us develop The Urban Long Forest Project.

We are looking for someone who is committed to sustainable development, protecting the environment, and can show clear experience in this area. You should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of conservation, biodiversity, nature activities (including tree planting), and have experience of working in the environmental and or charity sector.

Click on the link to find out all the details. The deadline is 11 March.

> Apply now

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