The Wye Valley AONB Fund within the Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF) will be up and running shortly.

The HCF Wye Valley AONB Fund will prioritise support for projects which benefit communities and the environment of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the area adjoining the AONB boundary (where the majority of benefit is within the AONB) that is within Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

Grants will be awarded to support community and voluntary groups and the non-statutory activities of the Wye Valley AONB Partnership, including projects, programmes and project staff within the following criteria:-

Conservation and enhancement of the landscape

Activities could include landscape conservation grants to organisations, landowners, land managers and community groups for:

(a) Conserving and enhancing the special qualities of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (as identified in the Wye Valley AONB Management Plan)

(b) Maintenance and management of natural features including coppicing, tree and hedgerow planting, pond restoration, grassland and wetland management and heathland conservation

(c)  Maintenance and management of historic features including viewpoints, former industrial sites, drystone walls and historic settlements or buildings

(d) equipment to undertake conservation activities

Promote public understanding and enjoyment of the Wye Valley AONB

Activities could include grants for:

(a) Education visits and activities

(b) Information and interpretation projects, eg information boards, walking leaflets, websites, public transport promotion etc

(c)  Outreach projects, eg targeting disadvantaged groups

Support the social and economic well-being of the Wye Valley AONB

Activities could include grants to landowners, business and communities for:

(a) Enhancing community facilities, eg village halls

(b) Start-up enterprises, eg farm shops, local food initiatives

(c)  Community enterprises, eg village shops, village playschemes

(d) Community well-being initiatives, eg walking groups, ‘green gym’ health & exercise groups simultaneously using and conserving the natural environment

Details of how to apply for a grant from the HCF Wye Valley AONB Fund will be available shortly.

You can also make donations to the HCF Wye Valley AONB Fund. For more information please go to our Donate page.

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