The Living Levels Landscape Partnership (LLLP) has come together to deliver a programme of work which will promote and reconnect people to the heritage, wildlife and wild beauty of the historic landscape of the Gwent Levels.
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this three year project is designed to restore and enhance the natural heritage of the area, to develop a far greater appreciation of the value of the landscape through improving interpretation, promotion and access and, finally, to inspire people to learn about and participate in the heritage of the Levels.
The funding is enabling restoration of key heritage features across the Levels, including its ancient orchards and habitats for rare pollinating insects including the shrill carder bee, one of the UK’s rarest bees.
Partners are working alongside communities, engaging and training over 1,000 volunteers to work on projects with farmers and landowners, schools and colleges and a wide range of community groups from across the three local authority boundaries of Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire.
As a result of the past few years, the Gwent Levels are better understood, better managed, communities have learnt skills to protect wildlife and learnt about the landscape and its heritage.
Further information on this partnership project, including case studies, stories and volunteering opportunities can be found at www.livinglevels.org.uk
The partnership is lead by RSPB Cymru and includes Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Cardiff council, Cardiff Story Museum, Gwent Archives, Monmouthshire Council, National Trust, Newport City Council, Natural Resources Wales, RSPB, Sustrans and the Wildflife Trusts.
The project is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.
For more information about the project, please email email@example.com
Images courtesy of Chris Harris and Louise Bradley.