After over a year of fund raising we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have reached our main target of £96,000 to buy the two traditional flower-rich meadows at Kingcoed.
We had secured grants from various trusts including the Banister Trust, Waterloo Foundation, Alan Evans Memorial Trust, Foyle Foundation, New Grove Trust, Gwent Wildlife Trust, the Ricardo Crawley Trust and Waitrose Community Fund, then in December we received confirmation that Biffa Award are to give us £45,000 towards the purchase of the fields. Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK (more information on www.biffa-award.org).
We have also been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by so many MMG members, well-wishers and local and national organisations. We knew it was an ambitious target, but we had to give it a go to save these precious wild flower meadows.
The appeal is still open, as we have still to fund a leaflet about the fields, an information board for the site, and to cover the costs of running events (all of which we want to do, but are also conditions of the grant funding we have received).
We would like to sincerely thank Biffa Award for their substantial grant as well as all the other Trusts and individuals who have kindly donated to the cause and made the purchase possible. The Kingcoed meadows are part of Monmouthshire’s environmental heritage and we hope that people will come along on our open days to enjoy this beautiful, natural habitat.
The meadows will be open to the public on National Meadows Day on 2 July 2016.