WE'RE HAVING A WILD WEEKEND FOR NATURE

Ebenezer Heritage Community Project has benefited from National Garden Gift vouchers thanks to the “Having a Wild Weekend” campaign run by Keep Wales Tidy and funded by Welsh Government’s Nature Fund.

Volunteers from the project and Gwent Wild Life Trust rolled up theis sleeves and gave pollinators a helping hand when they found out they had been successful in applying for £500 which they used to buy plants/tools/wood etc. for use by the project in the graveyard and the community garden at the Ebenezer Centre.

The aim of the “Have a Wild Weekend” campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, as well as to help communities create new habitats and food sources for pollinators by planting wild flower havens in unused spaces.

“Have a Wild Weekend” is part of Natural Buzz” initiative run by Keep Wales Tidy, in partnership with the Horticultural Trade Association and Green Space Wales and funded by the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund.

Community environmental groups, schools, businesses, charitable organizations and local authorities across Wales were asked to apply for a “Wild Weekend” grant of up to £500 to help them in their pollinators improvement projects.

As part of their environmental project, volunteers from the area joined the project team to prepare the ground for planting seeds, the involvement of the community increases the awareness of the importance in caring for the environment and the benefits to the wild life.

Diane Price from The Ebenezer Heritage Community Project said,   “We were thrilled when we found out that we’d been successful in applying  for Garden Centre vouchers. Wild Weekend has enabled us to make a huge improvement to the pollen and nectar that’s on offer in the Grave yard and hopefully this will benefit our local environment and wildlife, as well as the local community.”

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy Said.  “I am delighted that so many groups across Wales got involved to help our pollinators and their natural environment. They have planted new flowering plants to attract our bees and butterflies as well as giving existing habitats a helping hand. Keep Wales Tidy would like to thank the Welsh Government for all their support, ensuring that the “Have A Wild Weekend” has been a great success for people across Wales!”

For more information on the "Natural Buzz" initiative, please e-mail wild@keepwalestidy.org

or visit the wesite www.keepwalestidy.org.