A pilot project administered by the Vale of Usk Rural Development Programme – a partnership between Monmouthshire and Newport councils to promote rural communities and businesses and increase prosperity – aims to raise awareness and engage on the importance of all pollinator species. These include moths, butterflies, beetles, hoverflies and bees.
The project entitled Nature isn’t Neat will focus on one urban area in Monmouthshire, and the Vale of Usk Rural Development Programme (RDP) is inviting the local councils in Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk to submit applications to be the first town in which pollinators feature on centre stage.
The RDP intends that the scheme will have a wide reach and provide information on habitats, food and protection for pollinators. It will offer training for people who trim roadside verges and open spaces as well as review Monmouthshire’s existing pollinator policy. Among activities planned are bee walks, talks, visits to apiaries and events to enable people understand the necessary role of pollinators.
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for biodiversity, Councillor Bryan Jones said: “Pollinators are vital to our survival so we must take action to ensure they thrive. The RDP’s Nature isn’t Neat project is a step in the right direction towards educating the public about the importance of these species.”
For more information on the Nature isn’t Neat project contact Alison Howard, Monmouthshire’s Rural Projects Pollinator Coordinator: [email protected]