Natural Resources Wales has awarded £1.2m in grants to environment bodies as part of its commitment to deliver a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The money will be allocated to five organisations who care for the environment so that they are able to safely re-open and operate the land they manage as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Clare Pillman, NRW Chief Executive, says: “In response to COVID-19, we have developed a Strategic Allocated Funding Grant to support people’s connection with nature, through safe access to land owned and managed by various non-government organisations
“During the pandemic, nature has played a pivotal role in helping to boost the emotional, mental and physical health of the nation.
“The associated lockdown restrictions also meant that some of the work of these environment organisations had to be paused temporarily. We hope this cash injection will go some way to enabling them to continue their work.
“People have looked to nature to support their wellbeing in these most trying of times, and now it’s time for us to help nature.”
The announcement has been made as part of NRW’s ambition to put climate plans at the heart of Wales’ inclusive and sustainable economic recovery from the pandemic.
As part of that effort, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has asked NRW’s Chair, Sir David Henshaw to lead a coalition of experts to develop ideas that link climate action with job creation, inclusive and fair economic growth, and other development priorities.