Vale Council to support Gwenog Court Biodiversity Project
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Community Investment and Neighbourhood Services teams will work in partnership with the Vale Local Nature Partnership to deliver the project.
This is after the Vale Local Nature Partnership (LNP) successfully secured grant funding for 2021/2022 from the Welsh Government’s Local Places for Nature Capital Fund.
The project aims to offer the local community invaluable opportunities to access and engage with nature in an urban setting, as well as supporting social, physical and mental wellbeing.
A biodiversity project will be set up in the grounds of Gwenog court, a sheltered housing complex in Barry that supports 87 residents.
Currently, the grounds have little to offer to residents, pupils or the local community. However, by working through a grass roots up design process, there are hopes the area will become a flagship of what could be achieved for biodiversity and residents living in the Vale.
Alongside the council, All Saints Primary School will also be involved in the project, providing opportunities for inter-generational work. Residents and pupils will work closely with landscape architects, Soltys Brewster, to achieve a vision that caters for both people and nature.
Margaret Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Housing and Building Services said, “The Council, alongside residents at Gwenog Court, are really looking forward to seeing how this project develops.
“After spending a large proportion of the last year indoors, this will be an opportunity to get outdoors again, as well as help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Residents will have a new and welcoming space to meet and enjoy nature within their community.”