Environmental groups across Wales are celebrating the news that the Welsh Labour Government have reversed their decision to withdraw the existing funding scheme which many of them are dependent upon to continue their community projects and activities.
The decision made by Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant to extend the grant funding for thirty one projects registered with Environment Wales until the end of March 2017, came following a persistent campaign, led by the Environmental groups and with backing from William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment.
Commenting on the news, William Powell AM said:
“This is welcome news for locally based environmental groups and organisations across Wales, and is a testament to their passion and dedication to protecting and enhancing the environment in Wales.
“With many of them reliant on dedicated volunteers to carry out their work, a cut in funding like the one previously being proposed would have been terrible. I am delighted to have been given the chance to take a part in bringing about the Minister’s rethink regarding his decision.”
Jackie Charlton of the Llangattock Community Woodland Group also commented:
“We are very pleased with the outcome of discussions with the Welsh Government on funding. Having spent almost 12 months working with Environment Wales to put in an application to employ a part time Volunteer and Training Manager, our disappointment with the resulting withdrawal of the three year funding success was devastating. This turnaround provides us with the ability to plan and deliver our project to make real improvements in woodland environments and support volunteers.”