The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Cemaes Himalayan Balsam Eradication Project
Cymdeithas Llandudoch/St Dogmaels Community Association aim to eradicate the invasive plant 'Himalayan Balsam' from a 30 acre site on Cemaes head, and in so doing prevent any further spread. The cleared land may be returned to productive agricultural land or allowed to regenerate to a more natural wildlife habitat supporting native species and improving biodiversity. Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) money will help the group to build on the success and experience gained from clearing 18 acres of the invasive species in Cippyn and other areas last year. Some of the funding will go towards the employment of specialist contractors and machinery to tackle the initial clearance. This is necessary because the terrain on Cemaes Head is very difficult, with steep slopes and decades of bramble and blackthorn growth. Regular volunteer working parties will then follow on to pull the remaining plants by hand. Importantly the project will also raise awareness of problems caused by himalayan balsam and recommended actions for the public to take if they come across the plant. During the project, a short DVD, a prototype storybook & Utube material on management of himalayan balsam will also be produced. The output will be disseminated to ensure that best practice is shared with other communities and interested individuals and for the volunteers to enthuse and inspire others to take action.
Project Total Cost: £20,453.00
Grant Awarded: £9,719.00