Grants Awarded

 

The Brecon Beacons Trust is pleased to accept exciting and imaginative applications from voluntary and community groups, for projects that conserve and enhance their local environment and that of the Brecon Beacons National Park. As of July 2015 the Trust had awarded £771,000 in support of such groups.  Some examples of grants awarded are given below to illustrate the work of the Trust and as additional guidance to potential applicants.

 

 

  •   Organisation : Friends of Cradoc School PTA                                       Award : £850

Cradoc Cheque
 


The Brecon Beacons Trust was formally launched at Cradoc School, near Brecon, in June 2009 and as part of the celebrations the school's PTA  received a presentation cheque from the Trust. The school has extensive grounds, which includes a small woodland and pond. The school’s PTA was awarded a grant to help improve access to both these areas. Additional work included the construction of a pond-dipping platform with nearby tables and benches and a woodland “classroom” and seating area to allow the children to study the habitats and wildlife in situ. A public right of way runs through the school grounds providing access to the local community

  •  Organisation : Llangorse (Bird) Ringing Group                                      Award : £1,184

bird ringing

The Group's award will enable them to purchase a variety of items that will enable them to continue with their important work of monitoring bird populations. A task they have been engaged in since 1980. With the award they will be able to replace core mist nets, the key element of their constant effort monitoring scheme, install a solar panel on their ringing hut, to assist with activities at dawn and dusk, and carry out repairs to the hut itself. The award recognised the importance of collecting long term data sets  in  helping us understand and monitor large-scale phenomena such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

  • Organisation:Merthyr Tydfil and District Naturalist Society (MTDNS)  Award: £22,490

Penmoelallt Community Woodland is a 33 hectare mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland immediately north of Merthyr Tydfil with extensive views over the Taf Valley.  The MTDNS have a formal Community Management Agreement with the owner, the Forestry Commission Wales. MTDNS are promoting the wood’s biodiversity by appropriate management of existing broadleaf cover and by clearing areas of conifers to extend and create new broadleaved woodland. They have a vision of the woodland as part of the community and actively encourage its use as a resource for schools and youth groups and as a place for leisure and quiet recreation for the whole community. This award will allow them to extend and improve the current footpath system and circular walk, including the installation of benches, and achieve improvements to interpretation via signs and leaflets. Amongst may other activities it will also provide improved access to the forest classroom by upgrading the forest road, improved access for the disabled and support a variety of on site events, including nature watch days, bat and bird box making and erection, and charcoal burning.

The woodland provides a strong focus for community engagement and action and is accessible to a large urban population. The woodland is linked to Merthyr Tydfil and the nearby Garwnant Forest Visitor Centre by the Taff Trail walkers and cycle route.
penmoelallt steps
 
  • Organisation : Brecon & District Contact Association (BDCA)               Award : £856

 
BDCA provide a range of day services, inclusive of “drop in”, designed to empower and support people who experience mental distress, these are accessible and delivered in a friendly and welcoming manner by an experienced team of staff and volunteers. The award of a grant from the Trust will enable BDCA to run a programme of activities forming the “ Spring into the Park” project. This will involve twelve walks and two camping trips, the later based at Cwm Llwch -The Login in the central Beacons. The project will allow people who had never previously explored the Park, even though it is on their doorstep, to gain enormous benefit from directly experiencing the natural landscape around them. There is a great deal of research to indicate that people generally benefit from contact with and being out in nature. BDCA find that people who participate in these activities engage more, and that they come back with greater confidence and self-esteem. Quite simply they feel better. Typical comments include, “ The walks got me out in the countryside which I would not have done by myself” and “ Walking helps to get rid of the blues and the cobwebs”.

 

  • Organisation : RSPB Cymru                                     Award : £12,000 over three years