Tredegar House to partner RSPB Cymru for Living Levels project

A view from the lake

The National Trust becomes one of 12 partners joining RSPB Cymru in a bid to restore and enhance the historic Gwent Levels.

This week the Living Levels partnership led by RSPB Cymru has been awarded a grant of £2.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It comes after years of planning between RSPB Cymru and partners including Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire councils, Natural Resources Wales, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Gwent Archives, Buglife Cymru, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Cardiff Story Museum, Sustrans and of course the National Trust at Tredegar House.

Jessica Courtney, Visitor Experience Officer at Tredegar House, said “Securing funding for this fantastic project is a huge step for the Living Levels partners.

“This project is hugely exciting for Newport and will bring together many special places across the city to celebrate the Gwent Levels and make the wonderful nature of this area and its surrounding heritage more accessible for the people of Newport to enjoy.

“We look forward to investment in new walking and cycling routes to improve this accessibility and the support they will bring in connecting Tredegar House and the Morgan family back to the Levels and its surrounding neighbourhoods.”

Improved cycling routes are on the agenda for the Living Levels project
A family catches their breath while out cycling
Improved cycling routes are on the agenda for the Living Levels project

The projects aim to develop a greater appreciation of the value of the landscape through improving interpretation, promotion and access and to inspire people to learn about and participate in the heritage of the Levels.

Funding will restore key heritage features across the Levels, including its ancient orchards and habitats for rare pollinating insects like the shrill carder bee, one of the UK’s rarest bees.

It will also develop an ambitious programme to enforce illegal incidents of fly-tipping and result in more community engagement with the landscape and a greater appreciation of the value of the area’s natural and historic heritage assets.

" "The Living Levels funding offers a fantastic opportunity to restore this fascinating, rural area as a ‘green lung’ for the people of the big cities of Cardiff, Newport and the South Wales valleys.”"
- Katie-Jo Luxton, Director of RSPB Cymru

15 March 2018