We’re offering starter packages to create, restore and enhance local places for nature.
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And, if you have any questions about the FAQs below, please contact the Local Places for Nature team.
Each package is pre-determined so you will receive ALL the items listed . Please ensure you have enough space to fit and store all the necessary items before you apply.
Your local Keep Wales Tidy project officer will agree a work plan and delivery schedule with you, but you will need to be available to accept deliveries of all items below as agreed.
Keep reading for our other essential requirements.
Before you apply, please read the following essential applicant requirements:
Who can apply for packages?
Our packages have been designed for organisations looking to create nature gardens projects on land that is in ‘not for profit ownership’.
Applications are open to community groups of all shapes and sizes, and other organisations such as: the NHS, Town and Community Councils, public schools and nurseries, third sector organisations, religious organisations, social enterprises, universities, housing associations, and wider Welsh public service, including Transport for Wales.
In general, priority will be given to projects meeting all the requirements of the application process who are located in urban / peri-urban locations, involve disadvantaged/under-represented members of the community, are located in areas of the highest deprivation (identified by the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation) and have little or no access to nature.
However, there are some exceptions to this:
Can schools apply?
If a school is interested in creating a food growing area (Fruit and Herb Garden), then any school can apply. For other packages (wildlife/urban), schools will need to demonstrate they have no access to nature or green space (i.e. just have a hard surface yard)
Who cannot apply?
Please note, if you have already received funding for your activity or site, there may be restrictions that could affect your application. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Can I apply for both a starter and development package?
Yes, if the work is to create, restore or improve nature at two different sites. We are also keen to see successful starter applicants further progress their work by applying for a development package.
We already have received funding for the proposed site, are we still eligible to apply?
Yes, as long as the funding you have already secured does not duplicate any items included in the specific package you are applying for. We must ensure there is no double-funding in place. The packages are not meant to replace other funding but should be for new / unfunded activities.
We received a Keep Wales Tidy Local Places for Nature package in 2020-21, can we apply again?
It depends on how your project meets the criteria and the proposed location. Please contact the Local Places for Nature team to discuss specific project ideas, but in general:
We are keen to see groups who received starter packages last year progress to larger-scale development packages in 2021.
If you received a starter package last year, successfully installed it, and you meet all this year’s criteria, then we would encourage you to apply for a development package for the same, or different site.
You can apply for another starter package if you would like, but we would suggest you apply for a different site. Please note though, that priority is likely to be given to applicants who have not applied before.
Do we need to be a constituted group to apply for one of the packages?
No. If you do wish to constitute, Keep Wales Tidy officers can support you to become a constituted group. We have template constitutions available, and our team of community officers can help you through the simple process. Please visit the contact us page for details of your local community officer who can help or ask the nature team.
How do I apply?
Just submit the relevant application form along with necessary supplementary evidence. The starter package application form can be downloaded below. Please answer all the questions within the recommended word count.
How are the applications assessed and selected?
All applications will be assessed by a grant panel that includes representatives from Keep Wales Tidy, Welsh Government, Heritage Lottery Fund, Local Nature Partnerships and local nature experts.
Applications received in November and December 2021, will be assessed in early 2022.
When considering applications, the panel will award packages across a broad range of locations / partners / organisations so that different approaches can be trialled and monitored.
The panel will decide whether an application is:
If all above priorities are scored equally, then the package will be awarded to the applicant in the area of highest overall deprivation according to the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.
What is the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) and where can I find out more?
The Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) is the Welsh Government’s official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales. It is designed to identify those small areas where there are the highest concentrations of several different domains of deprivation. WIMD is currently made up of eight separate domains of deprivation.
Click here for interactive WIMD map of areas of highest deprivation. Priority will be given to applications in the 30% most deprived of any WIMD deprivation statistic (e.g. physical, education, income).
Who do you consider a disadvantaged/disengaged group?
We welcome and support applications from ‘disadvantaged/disengaged groups who may be underrepresented or have limited capacity for involvement in projects such as Local Places for Nature.
Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and Disabled organisations will be prioritised for support (other criteria do not apply to these applicants).
If you don’t have Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) or disabled participants, your application will still score highly if it involves participants from the following groups:
We are not a disadvantaged group can we still apply?
Yes. There are three other key scheme criteria that applicants need to demonstrate they meet (see above). However, we encourage all applicants to outline how they have consulted with disadvantaged / under-represented of their local community and how they will be involved in the project going forward, as we want the projects to be as inclusive as possible. Involving disadvantaged groups will strengthen your application, giving you a higher chance of success.
We also welcome anyone who wants to create a community food growing area to apply.
When will we hear if we are successful?
All applicants will be informed via email within five working days of a grants panel meeting.
What is What3words and why do we have to use it?
What3words is a website and app that has divided the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations. More and more delivery companies are now insisting on What3Words when planning deliveries. It is the best way to ensure items get delivered to the exact location.
Please visit www.what3words.com to pinpoint the exact location of your garden and the delivery location.
How much does it cost?
Do we need insurance cover in place?
Yes, you will need to have public liability insurance for the site. Please talk to the landowner to see what levels of cover are required. They may already have cover in place.
If a Keep Wales Tidy officer is in attendance during an activity, then participants will be covered for personal accidents. However, this cover will not be in place if the officer is not present, so you will need to get adequate cover for future activities.
Where can we get insurance cover?
Keep Wales Tidy runs a community group insurance scheme in order to provide affordable cover for community groups. It provides FREE insurance cover to groups who have formed and become constituted in the last 12 months. So, if you are a new group you may be able to get up to 1 year’s free insurance cover.
For groups who have been in existence over 12 months the price starts at approx. £75 for public liability and personal accident cover per annum. Other cover can also be obtained too e.g. use of power tools, tools and equipment loss. For more information on costs and the application process please visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru/groupinsurance or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are struggling to cover the cost of insurance cover, please contact email@example.com
We are awaiting landowner permission, can we apply?
No, you need to have written evidence of landowner permission before you submit your application. Your application will not go to panel until it is fully complete, including evidence, photographs, maps etc.
We have been working on our site for years under a verbal agreement from the landowner. Is this sufficient?
No, you will need to provide written evidence of landowner permission.
Our site is not publicly accessible for safety reasons (e.g. working with vulnerable adults/school children) – are we still able to apply?
Potentially, yes. It all depends on your specific circumstances and whether you meet other scheme criteria. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for advice.
The land is owned by a private individual, but we have a ten-year lease, can we apply?
Potentially, yes. Please email a copy of your lease to email@example.com so they can check if you are eligible.
I don’t know the wildlife/nature value of the site. Can you help?
Don’t worry. Just tell us what currently exists on the site e.g. is it a hard surface such as concrete or paving slabs, or is it grassed?
How do we know that the plant species provided are suitable for our area?
The package contents have been approved by Welsh Government biodiversity team. The species mixes chosen are generic, native and suitable for wide range of habitats. Local Nature partnership representatives will attend each regional grant panel to assess applications.
How much space do we need to install all package items?
The minimum area required for starter packages is 20 square metres.
Are all starter packages suitable for hard surfaces?
No, the best package for a hard surface is the Urban Garden package, although the pollinator package would also be appropriate. The fruit package is NOT suitable for hard surfaces.
We don’t have a maintenance plan or any resources to maintain the site in future, can we have a package?
Ongoing maintenance of the site is one of the key assessment criteria. Keep Wales Tidy and partners will help you to prepare a maintenance plan on how to look after the site in the long-term. Unfortunately, if you don’t agree to maintain the site for five years then your application will be unsuccessful.
How many volunteers do we need to build and manage the nature spaces?
We suggest a minimum of five core volunteers to construct the site although the more local people that are involved the better. Additional volunteers will spread the workload and can provide moral support through taking on other roles such as refreshments, promoting the site through social media and photography. Applicants must commit to 25 hours during 2021-22 to install and manage the garden. All activities must be carried out in accordance with Welsh Government COVID-19 restrictions.
Do you need to be fit? How physical will the work be?
There will be tasks suitable for all ages and abilities. Some activities will involve physical activities such as lifting, bending, digging but there will be lots of lighter tasks too such as, planting, weeding, and watering. We will do our best to find suitable activities for anyone who wants to get involved.
Do we need any skills or experience?
No, a Keep Wales Tidy project officer will be on hand to explain the project activities in detail and provide informal training and support. They will carry out a risk assessment and go through a health and safety briefing with all participants. Simple guidance documents and instructions will be provided for volunteers to follow.
What do volunteers need to bring?
You will be working on an outdoors site perhaps with no shelter and are likely to get dirty. We ask volunteers to wear suitable clothing for the predicted weather conditions and sturdy footwear. Volunteers will be asked to bring their own gardening or work gloves. Some tools will be provided, but depending on expected numbers and package type, it may be handy for volunteers / groups to bring along extra spades, trowels etc.
Can children get involved?
Yes, but under 16s will need to be supervised by adults.
Can the package be split over more than one site?
All packages have been designed to go on one site, so that is the preferred option and the one that will have best impact.
In what way will Keep Wales Tidy staff be available to support us to install the packages?
Keep Wales Tidy staff will help you plan and build your new garden. The sooner you book your activity days in with your local officer, the more likely you are to get your preferred dates, particularly if you want work to take place at the weekend. We will also provide advice and guidance for the future maintenance of the site.
What happens if we get awarded a package and then cannot deliver it by end of February 2022?
All work must be completed by then. If your circumstances change, and you can no longer meet this timescale you MUST inform Keep Wales Tidy as quickly as possible so they can allocate the package to someone else.
We are hoping to apply to the National Lottery new Local Place for Nature capital fund, can we also apply for a package?
Not for the same activities, but there may be other work that packages do not cover that may be eligible. You will need to speak to National Lottery to confirm.
If we are allocated a project, will Keep Wales Tidy repair or replace items in the package that are subsequently worn out, broken, damaged or stolen?
No, the funding will only cover the items and their installation once. Please work with our team to consider location of items when planning your garden e.g. sheltering structures such as sheds / greenhouses / trellises from high winds if possible.