Natural Environment

Exciting Job Opportunity with Keep Wales Tidy


Keep Wales Tidy currently have an opportunity for a Marketing Director to support new and exciting opportunities. This is a new role and are looking for an inspiring and entrepreneurial person who will be responsible for ensuring the successful development and delivery of the marketing strategy.


Marketing Director

Location             Cardiff – office based

Hours of Work   35 hours per week

Salary                  £48,000

Tenure               Permanent position, subject to continuing funding

The closing date for all applications is midday 5 February 2020

Interviews to be held on: 12 February 2020


Please note that all interviews will be held on 12 February, so please consider this when submitting your application.

Further information and how to apply here


Coleg Cambria Students Join forces With a Wildlife Organisation to Help Save the Red Squirrel Population


Level 3 NVQ Animal Management learners at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi built feeders and nest boxes for the animals and monitored their progress at enclosures in Clocaenog forest, near Ruthin, during a reinforcement project.

They have been supporting the work of Red Squirrels Trust Wales and Natural Resources Wales, who are fighting to save the species following a century-long decline in numbers.

There are an estimated 120,000-150,000 reds in the UK – and as few as 15,000 in England – since grey squirrels were introduced into the UK from America in the 1870s. Previously, red squirrels were commonly seen throughout the country.

Cambria students have also been helping to save the local hedgehog population in partnership with Hedgehog Help Prestatyn and are exploring a new dormouse project, as the tiny creatures are also disappearing at an alarming rate.

Llysfasi lecturer Kirstie Fraser said the students are gaining vital experience as part of the conservation initiatives, and proud to be playing a part in their survival.

“The Clocaenog project has been a success so far with several captive-bred red squirrels released back into the wild to mix with the remnant population and boost genetics,” said Kirstie.

“They have been brought into the forest from various locations with the help of the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, and other breeding centres.

“The learners have also built feeder boxes with cameras trained on them so we can follow the squirrels’ progress, and they’ve cleaned and collected branches and greenery for the enclosures.”

She added: “Following health tests, the red squirrels were fitted with radio collars. Students were taught how to track their movements in the forest and then to analyse the data.

“It has been a brilliant project for them, and most importantly in trying to reverse the huge population decline.”

The red squirrel is officially classed as ‘Near Threatened’ in Wales, England and Northern Ireland but is a common sight in forests across Scotland.

The main cause of their demise was the introduction of grey squirrels in the 19th century; this species carries a Parapoxvirus disease, which does not appear to affect their health but does kill red squirrels, and they also out-compete the reds for food and other resources. A loss of woodland has played a major role as well.

Becky Clews-Roberts, who was Red Squirrel Ranger for the Clocaenog forest project, thanked Coleg Cambria for its support of the scheme.

“I would not hesitate to ask them for help again,” she said.

“They are a very hard-working group and take an interest in what they are doing. Many, many thanks to Coleg Cambria Llysfasi for your help.”

To support the red squirrels project and find out more, visit and[:]

Prosiect Sylfaen Project – Free Support Programme for Community-based Environmental Organisations


Could your organisation benefit from FREE bespoke support to become more effective and sustainable?

Organisations working with natural assets need to balance the interests of the environment and local communities with achieving long-term financial security.

Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre are looking for six community-based environmental organisations in Wales to undertake a development journey that will ensure they have strong financial, governance and management foundations.

With funding from the Co-op Foundation, we are offering a free support programme that will focus on building capacity and confidence in the areas of forward planning, financial management, human resources, legal compliance, Board governance, public accountability, marketing and communications, and environmental responsibility.

Successful applicants will receive a root and branch review of their development needs whilst also exploring local and national pressures and opportunities.

This will be followed by a bespoke support programme designed to increase their effectiveness and capacity to deliver their objectives and meet community needs. Topics may include Board duties and recruitment, Business Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, Partnership and Collaboration, Annual Reporting, Asset Transfer or others that are identified as relevant.

Techniques will include mentoring, training, one-to-one advice sessions, networking and shared learning. Applicants will typically receive between 5 and 8 days of free support each.

Peer learning and disseminating new skills and techniques are important aspects of this programme. Applicants will need to be willing to join a peer-learning and support process. They will need to be able to cascade knowledge and new techniques to others in the sector by engaging with at least 3 other local organisations to share in some of the training and support sessions.

A small budget will be provided to successful applicants to cover the costs associated with these aspects.

This is a Wales-wide programme that will run from November 2019 to March 2021 and is open to all environmentally-focused community-based organisations. We particularly want to hear from organisations that are managing green spaces or other natural assets.


How to apply

Download the Application form

Selection of successful applicants will be through a simple application form followed by a short telephone interview.

For more details contact

Deadline extended: 20 December, 12 Noon.



What the Applicant will receive:

· 1 day Business Diagnosis

· 1-2 days Action Plan design

· 2-3 days of training /support

· Participation in 1 shared learning network meeting

· Invitation to end of project “legacy” event

. Limited financial assistance to host networking and shared learning events


What is required from the applicant:

You need to be able to allocate time and staff to both receive and help the delivery of project benefits from Cynnal Cymru and the Wales Co-operative Centre.

We require you to identify and engage with at least 3 other community-led environmental organisations in your area that can join us in a process of knowledge-sharing, training and support.

Use of your premises for training/meetings

Provide us with information, quotes and photos for use in promoting and reporting the success of the project

Information to help us compile quarterly progress reports and a detailed case study.



Allai eich mudiad elwa o gefnogaeth arbenigol am ddim i fod yn fwy effeithiol a chynaliadwy.

Mae mudiadau sy’n gweithio gyda asedau naturiol angen cloriannu diddordebau mewn amgylchedd a chymunedau lleol gyda chyflawni sicrwydd ariannol hirdymor.

Mae Cynnal Cymru a Chanolfan Cydweithredol Cymru yn edrych am 6 mudiad amgylcheddol yn y gymuned yng Nghymru i ymgymryd â thaith datblygu fyddai’n sicrhau fod ganddynt seiliau ariannol, llywodraethu a rheoli cryf.

Gyda chyllid gan Sefydliad y Co-op, rydym yn cynnig rhaglen gymorth am ddim a fydd yn canolbwyntio ar adeiladu gallu a hyder ym meysydd blaengynllunio, rheolaeth ariannol, adnoddau dynol, cydymffurfiaeth gyfreithiol, llywodraethu Bwrdd, atebolrwydd cyhoeddus,

marchnata a chyfathrebu, a chyfrifoldeb amgylcheddol. Bydd ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus yn derbyn adolygiad gwraidd a bôn o’u hanghenion datblygu tra byddant hefyd yn archwilio pwysau a chyfleoedd lleol a chenedlaethol. Dilynir hyn gan raglen gymorth bwrpasol a ddyluniwyd i gynyddu eu heffeithiolrwydd a’u gallu i gyflawni eu hamcanion a diwallu anghenion cymunedol. Gall pynciau gynnwys dyletswyddau a recriwtio Bwrdd, Cynllunio Busnes, Ymgysylltu â Rhanddeiliaid, Partneriaeth a Chydweithio, Adrodd Blynyddol, Trosglwyddo Asedau neu eraill y nodir eu bod yn berthnasol. Bydd technegau yn cynnwys mentora, hyfforddiant, sesiynau cyngor un i un, rhwydweithio a dysgu ar y cyd. Yn nodweddiadol, bydd ymgeiswyr yn derbyn rhwng 5 ac 8 diwrnod o gymorth am ddim yr un.

Mae dysgu cyfoedion a lledaenu sgiliau a thechnegau newydd yn agweddau pwysig ar y rhaglen hon. Bydd angen i ymgeiswyr fod yn barod i ymuno â phroses dysgu a chefnogi cyfoedion. Bydd angen iddynt allu rhaeadru gwybodaeth a thechnegau newydd i eraill yn y sector trwy ymgysylltu ag o leiaf 3 sefydliad lleol arall i rannu yn rhai o’r sesiynau hyfforddi a chefnogi. Darperir cyllideb fach i ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus i dalu’r costau sy’n gysylltiedig â’r agweddau hyn.

Rhaglen ledled Cymru yw hon a fydd yn rhedeg rhwng Tachwedd 2019 a Mawrth 2021 ac mae’n agored i bob sefydliad cymunedol sy’n canolbwyntio ar yr amgylchedd. Rydym eisiau clywed yn arbennig gan sefydliadau sy’n rheoli mannau gwyrdd neu asedau naturiol eraill.

Dewisir ymgeiswyr llwyddiannus trwy ffurflen gais syml ac yna cyfweliad ffôn byr. Am fwy o fanlyion a ffurflen gais cysylltwch â

Bydd ceisiadau yn cau ar y 27fed Tachwedd 

Beth fydd ymgeiswyr yn ei dderbyn:

· Diagnosis Busnes 1 diwrnod

· Dylunio Cynllun Gweithredu 1-2 ddiwrnod

· 2-3 diwrnod o hyfforddiant / cefnogaeth

· Cymryd rhan mewn 1 cyfarfod rhwydwaith dysgu ar y cyd

· Gwahoddiad i ddigwyddiad “etifeddiaeth” diwedd prosiect

. Cymorth ariannol cyfyngedig i cynnal digwyddiad rhwydweithio a dysgu ar y cyd

Yr hyn sy’n ofynnol gan yr ymgeisydd:

• Mae angen i chi allu dyrannu amser a staff i dderbyn a helpu i gyflawni buddion prosiect Cynnal Cymru a Chanolfan Cydweithredol Cymru.

• Rydym yn gofyn i chi nodi ac ymgysylltu ag o leiaf 3 sefydliad amgylcheddol arall a arweinir gan y gymuned yn eich ardal a all ymuno â ni mewn proses o rannu gwybodaeth, hyfforddi a chefnogi.

• Defnyddio’ch adeilad ar gyfer hyfforddiant / cyfarfodydd

• Rhoi gwybodaeth, dyfyniadau a lluniau i ni i’w defnyddio wrth hyrwyddo ac adrodd ar lwyddiant y prosiect

• Adroddiadau cynnydd chwarterol ac astudiaeth achos fanwl.


Am fwy o wybodaeth ac am ffurflen gais cysylltwch â[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced


We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.


Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

  • Rachel Roberts
  • Meleri Davies
  • Paul Allen


Keep Wales Tidy team up once again with McDonald’s to tackle marine litter


Following the success of last years All Wales Beach Clean, Keep Wales Tidy are targeting rivers and waterways, along with beaches across Wales in a month-long campaign.  In partnership with McDonald’s, Marine Clean Cymru will take place from the 20th of September to 20th of October.

Community groups, schools and businesses from across Wales will be joining the month of action, organising clean up events up and down the country.

Marine litter is a growing threat to our aquatic and coastal environment, with 80% coming from land-based sources. Since litter found in rivers, canals and waterways eventually makes its way into our oceans, the problem of marine litter isn’t just relevant to coastal communities.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said:

“We’re all responsible for the health of our oceans, so it’s crucial that we come together to make a real and lasting difference to our marine environment. Join us to work in partnership on this clean-up campaign and show how we’re caring for Wales and the wider world together.”

Marine Clean Cymru is being supported by McDonald’s, with volunteers from restaurants up and down the country planning on giving up their time to clean up their local beach or waterway.

Franchisee Ron Mounsey, who owns and operates 16 restaurants in South Wales, says:

“I’m delighted that McDonald’s is involved in this fantastic campaign for the second year. As a business we understand the important role that we play in making Wales a cleaner place for everyone and an enjoyable place to live, work and visit. We’re committed to playing our part in tackling litter and part of this is by supporting this campaign to clean up our local beaches and waterways. I look forward to seeing the difference that the events up and down the country will make to our local environment.”

Marine Clean Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

To get involved, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website:


Yn dilyn llwyddiant Ymgyrch Glanhau Traethau Cymru Gyfan y llynedd, mae Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus yn targedu afonydd, dyfrffyrdd ynghyd a thraethau ar draws Cymru mewn ymgyrch dros fis.  Mewn partneriaeth â McDonald’s, cynhelir Glanhau Moroedd Cymrurhwng 20 Medi a 20 Hydref.

Bydd grwpiau cymunedol, ysgolion a busnesau ar draws Cymru yn cymryd rhan yn y mis o weithredu, gan drefnu digwyddiadau glanhau ar hyd a lled y wlad.

Mae sbwriel morol yn fygythiad cynyddol i’n hamgylchedd dyfrol ac arfordirol, gydag 80% yn dod o ffynonellau ar y tir. Gan fod sbwriel sy’n cael ei ganfod mewn afonydd, camlesi a dyfrffyrdd yn gwneud ei ffordd i’n moroedd yn y pen draw, nid yw problem sbwriel morol yn berthnasol i gymunedau arfordirol yn unig.

Dywedodd Lesley Jones, Prif Weithredwr Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus:

“Rydyn ni i gyd yn gyfrifol am iechyd ein cefnforoedd, felly mae’n hanfodol ein bod ni’n dod at ein gilydd i wneud gwahaniaeth gwirioneddol a pharhaol i’n hamgylchedd morol. Ymunwch â ni i weithio mewn partneriaeth ar yr ymgyrch lanhau hon a dangos sut rydyn ni’n gofalu am Gymru a’r byd ehangach gyda’n gilydd.”

Cefnogir Glanhau Moroedd Cymru gan McDonald’s, gyda gwirfoddolwyr o fwytai ar hyd a lled y wlad yn bwriadu rhoi o’u hamser i lanhau eu traeth lleol.

Dywed Franchisee Ron Mounsey, sydd yn rhedeg ac yn berchen ar 16 o fwytai yn Ne Cymru:

“Rwyf wrth fy modd bod McDonald’s yn gysylltiedig â’r ymgyrch rhagorol hwn am yr ail flwyddyn. Fel busnes rydym yn deall y rôl bwysig sydd gennym yn gwneud Cymru’n lle glanach i bawb ac yn lle dymunol i fyw, gweithio ac ymweld ag ef. Rydym wedi ymrwymo i chwarae ein rhan yn mynd i’r afael â sbwriel a rhan o hyn yw cefnogi’r ymgyrch hwn i lanhau ein traethau a’n dyfrffyrdd lleol. Edrychaf ymlaen at weld y gwahaniaeth y bydd y digwyddiadau ar hyd a lled y wlad yn ei wneud i’n hamgylchedd lleol.”

Mae Glanhau Moroedd Cymru wedi cael cyllid trwy Gymunedau Gwledig Llywodraeth Cymru – Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig 2014-2020, a ariennir gan Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig a Llywodraeth Cymru.

I gymryd rhan, ewch i wefan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus:


Wales’ Best Green Spaces Announced


Another record-breaking year as 221 parks and green spaces across Wales achieve Green Flag Award status

Keep Wales Tidy has revealed this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.

221 parks and green spaces have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award. They include a diverse range of sites, from urban parks and housing estates, to university campuses and farms.

Among this year’s recipients of the Green Flag Award are, for the first time, Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire, Tre Cwm estate in Conwy and two new sites managed by Caldicot Town Council – King George V Playing Field and Dewstow Cemetery.

Wales now holds more than a third of the UK’s community Green Flag sites, which rely on volunteers to maintain their excellent facilities. There are now award-winning green spaces in every local authority, including Swansea Community Farm and Pontyclun Community Garden. Newport has its first Green Flag Community Awards with Maindee District and Lysaght Institute.

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn said:

“Parks and green spaces play an important role in our communities, so it’s encouraging to see such a diverse range of sites in Wales receiving Green Flag Awards. Our parks and green spaces are a haven for wildlife and are vital to our own health and wellbeing. I’d like to congratulate all of the sites for providing excellent, year-round facilities and events for people in Wales.”

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Seven sites have achieved Green Heritage Site Accreditation this year, including Bryngarw Country Park in Bridgend which has the accreditation for the first time, Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff and The Great Orme in Conwy. This special award, endorsed by Cadw, recognises sites that are both historically significant and meet Green Flag criteria.

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said:

“The Green Flag Award programme continues to go from strength to strength in Wales, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers across the country.

 “We can’t underestimate how important high-quality parks and green spaces are to our communities, our health and wellbeing, nature and economy. We want to encourage everyone to explore their local area and make the most of the award-winning sites on their doorstep.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website

You can put your park or green space on the map by getting involved too. Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website for more information.[:]

Job Opportunities with Keep Wales Tidy – Project Officer Vacancies


Keep Wales Tidy are looking for passionate, talented people who share their vision of a beautiful Wales that is cared for and that can be enjoyed by everyone.

They currently have the following three Project Officer vacancies:

Newport – working 35 hours per week, this is a permanent homebased role, covering the county of Newport.

Rhondda Cynon Taf – working 35 hours per week, this is a permanent homebased role, covering the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Flintshire – working 35 hours per week, this is a temporary maternity cover role. Homebased and covering the counties of Flintshire and Wrexham.

The Project Officer will act as the Keep Wales Tidy point of contact for each county. They are looking for enthusiastic and innovative team members, who will engage the local community and facilitate, empower and support volunteers, and other local partners, to undertake a variety of activities to improve Local Environmental Quality (LEQ).

The Officer will work closely with the local authority to deliver the Caru Cymru project. The role will be flexible, with priorities changing depending on current funding sources and national priorities, including the delivery of paid-for service with companies, schools and other partners.

These posts are part-funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

For more details on the vacancies and an application pack please visit:[:]

Roll out the green carpet: Wales’ Sustainable Academy Awards are back!


A newly established awards ceremony celebrating Wales’ burgeoning sustainability and green energy sectors is back for its second year, Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru have announced.

After the success of the inaugural event last year, the two organisations confirmed that the event will be now be an annual celebration of the excellent work being done by people and organisations across Wales. It will be held again at Principality Stadium, the low carbon home of Welsh Rugby,  on Thursday November 28th, 2019.

The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales. The awards, which span community, public and private sectors, celebrate sustainability and low carbon energy excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; all the more relevant within the backdrop of a climate emergency.

Wales & West Utilities has confirmed it will resume its headline sponsorship of the event with Welsh Government and EDF renewable also returning as category sponsors.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Awards are my favourite event each year as we celebrate the voluntary commitments of community groups, individuals that champion initiatives through their own passion, and organisations that have made corporate decisions to do things better! Each and every finalist is delivering the Well-being of Future Generations and Environment Acts, from the ground up”.


Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“How we deal with averting climate change comes down to taking affirmative action right here in Wales. The quality and level of interest we’ve seen in this event from the get-go shows that individuals, communities and businesses across Wales are mainstreaming sustainability as never before, and in ways which deliver significant direct and indirect benefits. As for the venue, it’s used to hosting world-leading acts so no doubt our award winners should feel right at home!” 


The nine categories are:

Sustainability Champion
Outstanding Renewable Energy Project
Sustainable Space
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector
Sustainable Community
Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain
Outstanding Social Enterprise
Sustainable Education or Training

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards website:, together with details of how to enter.  Entries should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 15 September. Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote. These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners. The judges’ decision is final. Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.

There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event. To find out more details about what is available, please contact Lynsey Jackson on 029 2043 1746 or email



About Renewable UK Cymru

Renewable UK Cymru is a membership organisation promoting clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.  We make our members more successful, reduce barriers for community energy projects and engage with the public, Welsh Government and stakeholders.


About Cynnal Cymru

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales a low carbon, resource efficient, healthy, just and prosperous society, thriving in balance with the natural ecosystems that support it. We facilitate the talent, skills and innovation of our people through our consultancy services, our events and training. We enable individuals, organisations and businesses in Wales to deliver measurable change and become leaders and pioneers for a better world.[:]

Cynnal Cymru welcomes new Policy and Development Manager to the team

This month we are delighted to welcome Clare Sain-ley-Berry to the Cynnal Cymru team. Clare will be taking on a new part-time role as Cynnal Cymru’s Policy and Development Manager.

Clare has worked in the sustainable development field for the past 15 years – motivated by the drive for global justice represented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunity to help organisations demonstrate – and capitalise on – the role that the natural environment plays in underpinning social and economic well-being. She coordinated the grant and support initiative, Environment Wales, for 10 years working with community-led sustainability projects and more recently headed the Invest in Nature service run by WCVA – the national membership body for the third sector in Wales. Clare has also led WCVA’s work on the Well-Being of Future Generations Act since it came into force and so is also brimming with ideas of how to support organisations throughout Wales to maximise their contributions to all of its well-being goals.  

Clare said:

We know that we have limited time to put in place the new ways of living and doing business that will safeguard the future. I’m very excited to be working for such a progressive organisation that can help put those structures in place.

Mari Arthur explained:

Our members have always been at the forefront of sustainability in Wales and we’re confident that Clare’s role will help make this more visible by joining the dots between the work of our members, the communities around them and the links to national and international policy.

Over the last year, Cynnal Cymru has been working closely with WCVA under their new group structure, supporting projects like Invest in Nature to help forge better links between the third and private sector. This new role is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our working relationship with WCVA as well as bringing a fresh new perspective to the team.

New wildlife corridor created by RSPB Cymru and the Long Forest Project


A new wildlife corridor has been created by RSPB Cymru and Keep Wales Tidy on 7 March thanks to a national partnership project.

Staff and volunteers from RSPB Cymru and Keep Wales Tidy took part in two days of hedge planting as part of the Long Forest Project at RSPB Cors Ddyga nature reserve on Anglesey.

Hedgerows form a vital part of our landscape and wildlife habitat, but they’re at risk from neglect, damage and removal.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Together, they’re delivering practical action – recruiting thousands of volunteers to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow.

The day gave Keep Wales Tidy and RSPB Cymru staff and volunteers the chance to meet and plant the new hedge together to help the local wildlife.

Ian Hawkins, RSPB Cors Ddyga Site Manager, said:

“The value of hedgerows for wildlife simply cannot be underestimated. They provide food and shelter for many species at RSPB Cors Ddyga, such as the unmistakable bullfinch or the willow warbler and its distinct song. These hedgerows will also help link the site’s many features by creating wildlife friendly corridors along which bats and red squirrels can travel. By working with Keep Wales Tidy on this essential project, with thanks also to the Long Forest Project, RSPB Cors Ddyga’s wildlife stands to benefit.”

Gareth Evans, Keep Wales Tidy officer for Anglesey said;

“Hedgerows in Wales have been an important make up of our landscape for centuries. However, they are an undervalued resource at severe risk and it is now vital that action is taken.

“It’s great to be working at RSPB’s Cors Ddyga nature reserve. By working closely with RSPB, we can make sure it’s maintained and watch it develop into an essential corridor for local wildlife.”

If you are a volunteer or land owner who would like to get involved with the Long Forest Project, visit for more information.


Mae coridor bywyd gwyllt newydd wedi cael ei greu gan yr RSPB a Chadwch Gymru’n Daclus ar 7 Mawrth diolch i brosiect partneriaeth cenedlaethol.

Bu staff o’r RSPB yn gweithio i osod gwrychoedd fel rhan o Brosiect Y Goedwig Hir dros ddau diwrnod yn eu gwarchodfa natur yng Nghors Ddyga ar Ynys Môn.

Mae gwrychoedd yn rhan hollbwysig o’n tirlun a chynefinoedd bywyd gwyllt, ond maent yn wynebu perygl gwirioneddol o gael eu hesgeuluso, eu difrodi a’u clirio ymaith.

Datblygwyd Prosiect Y Goedwig Hir gan Gadwch Gymru’n Daclus, mewn partneriaeth â Choed Cadw, gyda chymorth gan Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri a Sefydliad Esmee Fairbairn.

Gyda’i gilydd, maent yn cymryd camau ymarferol – yn recriwtio miloedd o wirfoddolwyr i blannu 100,000 o goed a gwella tua 120,000, o wrychoedd.

Cafodd staff a gwirfoddolwyr gyfle ar y diwrnod i gwrdd a phlannu’r gwrych newydd gyda’i gilydd i helpu’r bywyd gwyllt lleol.

Meddai Ian Hawkins, Rheolwr Safle RSPB Cors Ddyga:

“Ni ellir tanbrisio gwerth gwrychoedd i fywyd gwyllt yn syml. Maen nhw’n darparu bwyd a lloches i lawer o rywogaethau yn Cors Ddyga RSPB, fel y bwa coch anhygoel neu’r wyllwr helyg a’i gân wahanol. Bydd y gwrychoedd hyn hefyd yn helpu i gysylltu nifer o nodweddion y safle trwy greu coridorau bywyd gwyllt ar yr un pryd y gall ystlumod a gwiwerod coch deithio. Drwy weithio gyda Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus ar y prosiect hanfodol hwn, gyda diolch hefyd i’r Prosiect Coedwig Hir, mae bywyd gwyllt Cors Ddyga yn parhau i elwa.”

Dywedodd Gareth Evans, swyddog Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus Ynys Môn:

“Mae gwrychoedd yng Nghymru wedi bod yn elfen hollbwysig o gyfansoddiad ein tirlun ers canrifoedd lawer.  Fodd bynnag, nid ydynt yn adnodd sydd yn cael eu gwerthfawrogi’n ddigonol ac maent yn wynebu perygl gwirioneddol, ac mae’n hollbwysig ein bod yn gweithredu nawr.

“Mae’n wych gallu gweithio ar warchodfa natur yr RSPB yng Nghors Ddyga.  Trwy gydweithio’n agos gyda’r RSPB, gallwn wneud yn siŵr ei bod yn cael ei chynnal a’i chadw a’i gweld yn datblygu yn goridor hollbwysig i’r bywyd gwyllt lleol.”

Os ydych yn wirfoddolwr neu’n berchennog tir, ac yn awyddus i gymryd rhan ym Mhrosiect Y Goedwig Hir, ewch i i gael mwy o wybodaeth.

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