Community-based Conservation work
A lot of my previous work has centred around community-based conservation, sustainable communities, behaviour change and system change in nature conservation and nature-based solutions. Here you can read more about this work, please head to the 'Contact Me' page if you would like to discuss my work, or how I can help you.
I have vast experience in community-based conservation, working with behaviour-change models for community-led action, system-change campaigns, nature-based solutions and sustainable communities.
Community urban green spaces - for people and wildlife
Wrote and secured a large grant from National Heritage Lottery Local Places for Nature Grant (funded by the Welsh Government) to develop a strategy for a community-led habitat creation/restoration pilot project.
The Sustainable Mumbles Urban Green Spaces Project (SMUGS) is a community-led project that I worked to establish funds and a strategy for with my local authority, with the aim to implement nature-based solutions within a coastal community and enhance a green space for people and wildlife. My role was to develop the strategy and project by planning action e.g., remove INNS from a neglected green space with good links to woodlands and grasslands, establish refugee groups and others for a community growing section, establish connections to implement NbS e.g., green roofing on sheds, water butts, pond, bog gardens, SUDs and solar powered electricity to benefit wildlife and people. The aim for this project was to establish at a LNR and worked alongside local authorities, school groups, The Wildlife Trust and others.
Community-led orchard restoration with The Orchard Project
As part of an orchard restoration project with Mumbles Community Council, I established a core volunteer group, undertook and co-led traditional orchard management training courses with the volunteer group and practical management at the orchard e.g., planting new trees, coppicing, wildflower management, hedge cutting and pruning.