Deputy Minister visits Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Friday 23rd October 2015
Deputy Minister Rebecca Evans with MWT staff & local landowners
The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, has visited Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Glaslyn Nature Reserve to meet farmers and landowners who are working with the Wildlife Trusts to pioneer a new upland economy for mid-Wales.
This is part of the Wildlife Trusts’ Pumlumon Living Landscape which aims to restore the areas of vast areas of degraded blanket bog in order to soak up rainwater and greenhouse gases and increase the areas wildlife and thus tourism potential.
The Pumlumon Living Landscape region of the Cambrians supports the largest watershed in Wales and is the source of the nationally important Wye, Severn, and Rheidol rivers. By revitalising Pumlumon’s important habitats and local communities, this exemplar project aims to pioneer a sustainable upland economy for Wales based on the delivery of key ecosystem services.
Projects such as the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts Living Landscape programme, can really showcase the wider benefits our landscape can bring for the whole community, such as carbon sequestration, water retention, flood risk alleviation, and restoration of heather habitat.
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust has been running the Pumlumon Living Landscape partnership since 2005 and currently has 13 active projects (over 1,258ha of the Cambrian Mountains) engaged in sustainable land management.
The Welsh Government has committed to taking action to bring all Welsh peatlands into restoration management by 2020.
The Deputy Minister said:
"Projects such as the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts Living Landscape programme, can really showcase the wider benefits our landscape can bring for the whole community, such as carbon sequestration, water retention, flood risk alleviation, and restoration of heather habitat."
"The visit to Pumlumon was an opportunity to further explore the development of a market – and the level of interest from businesses – in terms of payment for the ecosystems services that our upland farmers can provide."
"The Wildlife Trust project has generated wide interest from many farmer led groups to undertake practical activities targeting improvements in our natural resources, particularly with regards to biodiversity, and I am keen to see this enthusiasm carried forward into the new Rural Development Programme (RDP).The RDP includes opportunities for further collaborative work to help achieve improvements to natural resources at a landscape scale."
Clive Faulkner, CEO of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, said:
"The Pumlumon Living Landscape is piloting the application of an Ecosystem Approach to landscape management which can deliver a wider and more integrated suite of benefits for people, the local economy and wildlife than the traditional land management practices of the past."