Wildlife Trust wins bid for precious marshland
Thursday 3rd May 2012
Meadow thistle by Rebecca Price
Gwent Wildlife Trust has succeeded in its bid to buy some of the best remaining marshland on the Gwent Levels. This saves it from the threat of being ploughed up or developed and protects it for future generations.
With less than a month’s notice to raise the funds, the Trust made an extraordinary effort to raise over £65,000. With additional funding and support from the Countryside Council for Wales, this enabled them to buy 28 acres of marshland adjoining their existing flagship nature reserve, Magor Marsh.
"This land is full of wildflowers, and represents one of the last examples of this type of marshy grassland habitat on the Gwent Levels," said Rebecca Price, Conservation Manager "So it was vital that we made every effort to keep it safe for future generations to enjoy."
It is the first land purchase for new Chief Executive, Tom Clarke. "I’m delighted," he said, "It just goes to show that even in these difficult times, people still care about our local countryside. I would like thank all our members and supporters for helping us to buy this land. Gwent Wildlife Trust celebrates its fiftieth birthday next year and this success is really the best present we could have."