An improved space for nature has been created at the Maendu Well field thanks to a new Welsh Government funded ‘Local Places for Nature’ project.
The 1st Brecon Guides and Maendu Well Community group applied successfully to the scheme, which enables the restoration and enhancement of nature ‘on your doorstep’, getting practical support from Keep Wales Tidy to increase biodiversity at the well site in Brecon.
Local Councillor and community group member Matthew Dorrance said:
“It’s wonderful to see young people from our community working together to protect this much-loved space for wildlife and future generations.
“The £5 million made available by the Welsh Government for the Local Places for Nature scheme has given local communities like ours the resources to protect and enhance our green spaces.
“I’m really grateful to the Guides and Keep Wales Tidy for working with the community on this project.”
Anna Lang, leader of the Brecon Guides said:
“We came across Maendu Well by chance one evening last year when we were out on a walk. The girls and I were just enchanted by it!
“It’s fantastic for the Guides to have had the opportunity to learn how to plant native species trees.”
The Wildlife Development package awarded includes trees, habitat boxes, wildflower turf, seating, tools, equipment and environmental education materials to enhance the area for wildlife and the local community.
Jemma Bere, Chair of the Maendu Well Community group added:
“Getting the materials and expert guidance from Keep Wales Tidy and Buglife to carry out sensitive management of this site is an amazing opportunity.
“Lockdown has increased everyone’s appreciation of nature and how important it is for our mental wellbeing. We’ve had an amazing response from the community and Brecon Town Council already and we have plenty of activities planned for the coming year.”
Rachel Palmer, Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer for Powys says:
“Green spaces in towns, like this one, are more and more important as havens for wildlife as new housing developments are built.
“Maendu Well is a hidden gem, loved by local children and walkers, and it deserves to be conserved and cherished.”