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Green Communities


The Green Communities Project is now closed. 

The Green Communities project aimed to bring people and nature together, for the benefit of the environment and communities; enabling communities to transform their local area into a more desirable place to live, work and play; increase opportunities to volunteer locally outdoors while also creating opportunities for wildlife to flourish.

The Green Communities project was supported by the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Wellbeing fund. This meant that projects and initiatives were required to integrate the principles of Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (SMNR) into activities and community infrastructure.

The Green Communities project offered up to £30,000 to 30 rural communities within Denbighshire, Conwy, Flintshire and Wrexham to participate in the project, which were selected through an open call process.

Some examples of eligible projects were:
  • Community gardens, allotments and orchards, woodlands, churchyards, rivers and ponds
  • Nature reserves and wildlife areas
  • Community miles to connect communities and green transport including cycling networks and charging points
  • Walking paths and circular walks around villages

A list of the projects supported by Green Communities can be seen here.


Here is a short video by Haf Roberts (project officer) introducing the Green Communities project:



05 July 2023

Village on ancient drovers’ route has a pond to be proud of once again

A dried-up pond which once provided an important watering hole for livestock travelling on an ancient drovers’ road has been restored to its former glory. The pond at Clawddnewydd stands alongside the village pub, the Glan Llyn, and once again has water lapping at its edges thanks to a £26,500 makeover paid for by rural regeneration… Read More…

21 June 2023

Land around Aberduna Hall repurposed to make way for eco-regeneration

A woodland wonderland created by a former social worker is transforming lives as well as the countryside on the borders of Denbighshire and Flintshire. Outside Lives is the brainchild of Lucy Powell whose team of almost 200 volunteers is repurposing the land around Aberduna Hall, near Maeshafn, into a four and a half acre eco-friendly… Read More…

27 September 2022

Village hall just now even greener with £29K from rural regeneration agency

A Vale of Clwyd village hall has moved closer to achieving a net zero target – making it one of the most carbon neutral public buildings in Wales. Llanbedr DC’s First World War village hall has just had its latest renewable energy refit thanks to almost £29,000 from rural regeneration agency Cadwyn Clwyd’s Green Communities… Read More…

22 October 2021

Rural communities to share in £1.3 million fund for green projects

TOWNS and villages across North East Wales are being challenged to come up with innovative green projects to earn a slice of a £1.3 million fund aimed at boosting the local environment. The Green Communities Fund aims to provide money to kick-start sustainable community-led projects and is being launched this month across the rural areas… Read More…

04 May 2022

North Wales community gardening projects benefit from funding

Community-led projects across the rural areas of Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy are benefitting from a new £1.3 million fund. The Fund provides money to kick-start sustainable across the region and is being administered by rural development agency Cadwyn Clwyd. It is funded by the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme paid for by the European… Read More…