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Grant provided to boost hedgerows on Gower

Hundreds of kilometres of hedgerow stretching across Gower are to be better managed after a funding boost to Swansea Council.

Gower Hedge Laying

The Council has received a £40,000 grant from Natural Resources Wales which will be match funded by the Council and used to develop a 'Gower Hedgerow Hub'.

The hub will include the Council and National Trust, along with the West Gower Ploughing and Hedgelaying Society, landowners and farmers, looking at how to maintain hedgerows and keep them healthy.

Organisations including the YMCA are also being included to help identify young people who could train as volunteers and pick up essential hedgerow management skills.

Hedgerows serve a number of vital roles in rural areas - as well as providing natural boundaries between farms and other land, they also provide an essential network for animals and insects to travel and feed

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure Management, said:

"Hedgerows are a very important feature of Gower and are an absolutely crucial for supports insect-life, birdlife and other wildlife that makes use of hedgerows as a means of getting about and finding food.

"Management of these features is a skill in itself and so we will be looking for volunteers who we can help train so they can be part of this project and help ensure hedgerows are healthy and continue to thrive.

Another project funded by the will be the establishing of Swansea Wildlife Volunteers - an action group of local people who'll be looking out for some of their communities' most interesting and diverse natural habitats.

And as well as that, a slice of the funding would be used to set up a schools and community-based 'Our Nature - Our Future' group that will aim to support people to take the most of accessing their local wildlife and environment.

The partnership included Swansea Council, Natural Resources Wales, The Gower Society and the National Trust. The programme received funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and 2014-20, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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