In pursuit of funding to deliver continued improvement and management of its upland areas, the Black Mountains Land Use Partnership (BMLUP) is delighted to announce that a recent funding application to Welsh Government has reached its second stage of submission. If successful, this funding will be instrumental in allowing the partnership to run a wide range of unique and integrated practical activities across the whole area of the Black Mountains, in a pioneering partnership that could influence land management elsewhere. The Black Mountains is a large iconic area of common land that spans Wales and England and lies within the counties of Breconshire, Monmouthshire, and Herefordshire.
This pioneering partnership brings together farmers and graziers who live, work, and manage livestock on the Black Mountains, working alongside land owners, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales, and Welsh Water, to discuss and collaborate on the current and future management, sustainability and conservation of the Black Mountains.
National Sheep Association Chief Executive and BMLUP Chairman Phil Stocker says: “We are as confident as we can be with stage two of the funding bid, having successfully proceeded through stage one of the funding application some months ago. The ideas and work we’ve been planning for nearly 12 months now could soon come to fruition and truly make a difference to the future of the Black Mountains, those who live and work here, and the thousands of visitors who enjoy this beautiful upland area.”
Mr Stocker stepped in as Chairman for the BMLUP after being invited by the partners to take on the role in 2015.
He continues: “Preparing for this funding application has already been helpful in providing a practical focus for the partners to come together and discuss some quite challenging topics. Its approval would allow the BMLUP to continue its remit managing and improving the upland environment in the Black Mountains, which includes work on bracken control, improvement of peat habitats with the potential to explore a system of carbon offsetting, as well as visitor management and education, training to encourage more responsible tourism, local engagement, and business development.
“The programme of work supported by the bid will help the BMLUP in its aims to improve the quality of farming and environmental habitats, the protection of natural capital such as water and soil, wildlife and biodiversity, and the wellbeing and economic health of those who live and work in this iconic area. The BMLUP can be followed on on Twitter @BMLUP