Monmouthshire Natural Assets Grants

Laid hedgerow funded by Monmouthshire Natural Assets ProjectLaid hedgerow funded by a Monmouthshire Natural Assets Grant (R Price)

Fully funded capital grants (up to £2,000 per project) are available to help support the enhancement and restoration of Local Wildlife Sites in Monmouthshire.

What can the grant help with?

Surviving untouched in the landscape, Local Wildlife Sites are often small and located on steep or isloated ground. They can face special management challenges. The grant is available to owners of Local Wildlife Sites in Monmouthshire for projects that help secure the long term sensitive management and conservation of a Local Wildlife Site.

Just a few possibilities include stock-proof fencing or water trough provision to enable wildflower-rich grassland to be sensitively grazed, restoring traditional field boundaries (e.g. hedge-laying, dry-stone wall restoration), works to control invasive species, small specialised machinery/tools purchase or works to enable machinery to access sites to perform much needed management works.

How do I apply?

Applications to the grant scheme are open until September 2013. If you're a Local Wildlife Site owner or think you could be, and would like to discuss a grant application then contact Rebecca Price, Monmouthshire Natural Assets Project Officer on rprice@gwentwildlife.org

 

For a map showing all Natural Assets Grants Awarded to date see: www.monmouthshirerdp.org.uk/axis-3

 

Examples of Grants Awarded to Date


Kinson’s Farm Local Wildlife Site 


This consists of two fields supporting semi-improved grassland. The southern field has a steep north facing slope including species such as common spotted orchids, cuckoo flower, pignut and bird’s foot trefoil. Bracken and scrub had heavily crowded the field and reduced the grassland to a remnant patch, but due to the efforts of the current owners and the Monmouthshire Meadows Group, a lot of the scrub has been cleared in recent years.
A grant was granted for post and wire fencing to be installed along the southern edge of the grassland, plus electric fencing to enable contolled grazing of the grassland area by Monmouthshire Meadows Group ponies.

 

 

Fencing at Kinson's Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Parsons Grove Local Wildlife Site


The site includes a complex of species-rich grassland and woodland located on a steep east-facing slope, which leads down to the Castroggi Brook. Management has proved difficult, as the site's terrain makes it hard to hay cut and limited electric fencing meant the large site couldn’t be grazed at once.
A grant of £2,000 helped towards the costs of installing stock-proof fencing around the perimeter of the site, and the owners funded the rest of the project. The fields support a diverse flora including common spotted orchids, cowslips and ox-eye daisy, however they were becoming frequented by coarse grasses in places due to lack of management. The fencing will enable sensitive grazing by ponies in the autumn to help aid the diversification of the site’s flora.   

 

Stock-proof fencing at Parson's Grove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stevenstone Meadow Local Wildlife Site


This small triangular-shaped meadow supports many species of flora including twayblade orchid, common spotted orchid and the uncommon meadow saffron, and is managed with a late hay cut.
A grant enabled the hedgerow along the eastern side of the meadow to be laid. The hedge-laying will help preserve the life of the hedgerow and allow increased light to the meadow.

Laid hedgerow at Stevenstone Meadow

 

 

Other grants awarded include:

Craigo Farm Local Wildlife Site - contribution towards costs of stock-proof fencing to enable aftermath grazing.

The Hill Meadows Local Wildlife Site - grant for stock-proof fencing to allow aftermath grazing to continue.

Ty Mawr Convent Local Wildlife Site - grant for hedge-laying, accompanied by stock-proof fencing to enable wet meadow to be cattle grazed.

Poundland Meadow Local Wildlife Site - grant for short section of stock-proof fencing to restablish field boundary with neighbouring field and allow controlled grazing of the damp species-rich field, which has proven difficult to hay cut and was traditionally managed as pasture.