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Stena Line Supports Biodiversity Project
A project that aims to boost biodiversity along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is set to be supercharged thanks to a substantial donation from Stena Line, which runs the ferry crossing from Fishguard to Rosslare. Stena Line’s contribution was secured by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust to provide an electric vehicle to support the work of the UK’s first Pollinator Warden, Vicky Tomlinson. Vicky’s role is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s ‘People, Paths and Pollinators’ project, which is placing biodiversity at the heart of the work to maintain the Coastal Path. Her work will improve conditions for wildlife and enhance the enjoyment of walkers. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust Chair, Elsa Davies LVO said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation as it will help to limit the project’s overall carbon footprint. Vicky travels around the coast identifying locations where changes can be made to benefit biodiversity and the Stena Line funded vehicle will see her buzzing around without harming the environment. “This will be the first fully electric vehicle to be used by National Park staff and we hope that it is the first in a fleet of green vehicles”. Vicky added: “Although my work initially focussed on the stretch of Coast Path between Abereiddi and Newgale, this is now being extended to take in even more miles of the route in order to make the National Trail as pollinator-friendly as possible. “It’s great to know that this vehicle will help lower the impact of my work on the environment and help towards the Park Authority’s response to climate change.” Ian Davies, Trade Director, Stena Line, Irish Sea South from Stena Line added: “As a business are always striving to reduce our ecological footprint in the field of sustainability, we are proud to be supporting this important biodiversity project.” The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust was launched in 2019 to raise funds for important projects and activities that contribute to the conservation, education and enjoyment of the National Park.
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Fundraise for us!
The Tour of Pembrokeshire have offered the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust 20 free places at next years cycling sportive 'Tour of Pembrokeshire'. Starting at St Davids there are 4 routes (103 miles, 80.7 miles, 59 miles and 21.4 miles). If you are interested in a place it is on a first come first serve basis - please contact Jess or firstname.lastname@example.org More information can be found at www.tourofpembrokeshire.co.uk There is a minimum sponsorship requirement of £150.
Enhanced access to outdoor learning across the county
Pupils across Pembrokeshire are set to benefit from greater access to outdoor learning thanks to a £16,000 grant recently awarded to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust by the People’s Postcode Lottery. As part of a partnership between the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools, the funding will enable more children in Pembrokeshire to benefit from outdoor learning opportunities aligned to the new Welsh Curriculum. The funding will also enable a co-ordinator to work with schools and the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Partnership. The benefits of being outdoors are widely accepted for improving health and wellbeing, however recent research by the National Trust highlighted that children are playing outside for less than half the time their parents did. Tom Bean, Education Officer at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority said: “This funding will help teachers and pupils make the most of outdoor learning opportunities in Pembrokeshire. “The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in Britain including internationally important nature reserves, geology and archaeology. The opportunities and resources for powerful learning experiences are abundant in this unique landscape. “We are proud to have a key role in the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools network of teachers and strategic partners. The funding will allow us to work together to deliver rich learning experiences, create new curriculum linked resources and give teachers the tools and training they need to access the benefits of the outdoor classroom. “The network has been very constructive here in Pembrokeshire and also provides a model for working in other areas of Wales and beyond.”
Make more Meadows
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust is looking for help from the public to create more habitats for pollinators. The aim is to raise £10,000 to help protect and restore the existing meadows in the National Park, and to work with landowners to create new ones. During the last 75 years the UK has lost over 95% of its wildflower meadows, turning them into one of our rarest habitats. It has also resulted in fewer places for flowers, insects and other wildlife to grow and thrive. Director of the Trust, Jessica Morgan, said: “What many don’t realise is that the plight of pollinators has a direct impact on the food we eat. As well as adding colour to the landscape, wildflower meadows are crucial habitats for insects, which play an essential role in pollinating fruits and vegetables. “Donating just £5 could help conserve over 400 square metres of meadow in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for a year.”
The launch of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust conservation charity took place recently at Strumble Head lighthouse. More than 20 guests and trustees gathered at Strumble Head and were treated to a walk along the coast with National Park Authority Ranger Ian Meopham, and a guided tour of the historical lighthouse. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust Chair Elsa Davies LVO said: “The breathtaking launch location at Strumble Head was a perfect setting for illustrating the important work of the Trust. It brought into focus so many of the key projects that the new Trust is working to fund.” Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority External Fundraising Manager Jessica Morgan, who is also the director of the Trust said: “The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust was set up to promote the conservation of Pembrokeshire’s stunning landscape and wildlife, enhance its unique and distinctive attributes as well as safeguarding its exceptional qualities for future generations. “We are currently looking to fundraise £10,000 for our Make More Meadows appeal to help protect and restore the existing meadows in the national park and work with landowners to create new ones. Meadows are crucial habitats for insects which are essential to pollinate fruits, vegetables and flowers.”