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Wildlife Gardening for All thanks to the Co-operative

Welsh Wildlife Heroes logoToday sees the launch of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's 'Garden Nature Reserves' project.

The project, which is funded by The Co-operative, will create wildlife friendly gardens and public spaces whilst highlighting the importance of making space for wildlife in our everyday lives – and how easy it is to do this.

Welsh Wildlife Heroes is a national campaign run by Wildlife Trusts Wales and funded entirely by the money collected from the single-use carrier bag charge in The Co-operative food stores and pharmacies in Wales.

The focus of the campaign is supporting native species and improving habitats for some of Wales’ rarest and most endangered wildlife and empowering the people of Wales to become wildlife heroes themselves by taking small steps in their gardens or local communities.

Throughout the coming year, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, one of six Wildlife Trusts in Wales, will work to develop wildlife spaces in school grounds, benefiting both wildlife and students.

The Trust will also work with local councils to enable the development of wildflower rich areas in public spaces across Montgomeryshire to support pollinators and hold a series of events for people who want to make their gardens more wildlife friendly and try out some practical skills.

Abi Crutcher, Education Officer at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, says:

"We are very grateful to The Co-operative for helping us promote wildlife gardening in our local communities. We hope that many people will volunteer to support local wildlife, learn new skills and get fit."

"We like to celebrate those who are working hard in their gardens so we’re encouraging green fingered people in the area to apply for our Wildlife Gardening Award."

As part of the Welsh Wildlife Heroes campaign, over £1m will be shared between grass-roots environmental projects across Wales over the next three years.

The Co-operative Membership Manager for Wales, Ashley Drake, says:

"Working with Wildlife Trusts Wales is a fantastic opportunity to engage our members and customers with the wonderful wildlife that exists across Wales. We are delighted that nature will benefit from the carrier bag charge from our Welsh stores."

To find out more about the ‘Garden Nature Reserves’ project contact Abi: or contact the office.

14 April 2014



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