Ramblers Cymru capturing the hearts of local communities in North Wales through walking
Ramblers Cymru’s community led, £1.2m funded Paths to Wellbeing project is seeking to transform walking and nature across 18 areas, by helping people to develop their path network and improve their local green spaces.
Supported by 3 regional officers, Ramblers Cymru will give volunteers in north and mid Wales the tools and training needed to find and design new routes and improve existing ones. This will help provide important spaces to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the communities.
In the application to join the project, Issy Hart from the Penmaenmawr Town Council, said: “We feel that this project could make a significant impact on our community as we have many paths and lovely coastal walks. However, some of these paths have become unkempt, and by revitalising them we can encourage the community and its visitors to explore them once more.”
Paths to Wellbeing is a community led project and throughout October, the regional officers ran consultation events to listen to the voices of local people and find out more about the needs of each community.
Project Manager, Hannah Wilcox-Brooke said; “This is a fantastic opportunity to work at a grass-roots level, looking at access to walking in Wales. It’s been great tapping into the knowledge of the people living and working in the selected communities. They’ve already shown so much drive and enthusiasm to improve nature and access to walking in their areas.
“We’re all excited for work on the ground to begin. The variety of communities is really fascinating, each community has its own identity and unique features, but the passion of each one is united. Many people started walking more locally during the pandemic and this work will make it even easier for these communities to access paths and the benefits of being in nature.”
By joining the project, local people will be able to learn new skills to help make their community greener and more accessible to all.
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford said: “It’s great to see another project getting underway supported by our Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being Grant. It is important for us all to be able to access good quality green spaces that supports nature and provides so many opportunities for our health and well-being.
“These spaces are vital for our communities so we can come together and enjoy our local areas. This project and many others supported by our grant programmes are helping us to deliver our commitment to create and significantly enhance green spaces.”
Ramblers Cymru will work alongside the Wildlife Trust Wales and Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, with a key part of the project focused on improving nature. Volunteers will make their community greener for nature to thrive, and it will be a great chance to bring the community together.
With activities such as tree planting, wildflower sowing and wildlife activity days, there’s something for all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.
The selected communities in north and mid Wales are:
North East Wales
- Clywedog Valley/Caia Park (Wrexham)
- Pwll Glas/Graig Fechan (Denbighshire)
- Llanfynydd (Flintshire)
North West Wales
- Holy Island (Ynys Môn)
- Penmaenmawr (Conwy)
- Penrhyndeudraeth (Gwynedd)
- Llechryd (Ceredigion)
- Penparcau (Ceredigion)
- Rhayader and Llanwrthwl (Powys)
To find out more or get involved in a community near you visit: www.ramblers.org.uk/pathstowellbeing
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