A green infrastructure project aims to improve life and the natural environment

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Working with partners Swansea Council, Carmarthenshire County Council, Cwmamman City Council and Association of small woods Coed LléolNeath Port Talbot Council has secured funding from the Welsh Government to improve the community’s connection to nature and green spaces through green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure is a new approach in developing our communities and green spaces, providing a web of ingredients to reduce the challenges of climate change by building with nature.

Councilor Annette Wingrave, Cabinet Member of the Neath Port Talbot Council for Regeneration and Sustainable Development, said:

“Green infrastructure is essential to the quality of life of current and future residents of Neath Port Talbot and is nationally recognized as an important component of well-beingdesign and inclusive places.

“He can incimprove well-being, health and biodiversity and this ranges from building with green technologies such as living roofs and walls, implementing changes to grass cutting regimes to encourage the growth of wildflowers, planting trees and sustainable urban drainagelaw up to the provision of activities such as natural play.

The grant awarded, Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing (ENRaW) is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Invests in Rural Areas.

The funded project, Connecting Green Infrastructure, has started work and will continue until to March 2023.

The main objectives of the the project involves enabling communities to maximizese and take full advantage of the many services rendered by new opportunities created by Green Infrastructure (IG).

This includes improving and enhancing biodiversity, the resilience of nature and ecosystems and green spaces in the urban environment as well as the assessment of our landscape and engagement with communities through studies and consultation exercises in order to plan future developments .

The project has already created seven job opportunities and aims to engage over 200 stakeholders, train over 100 people and bring up to 150 new GI improvements to the region.

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