Green Routes

Submitted by DanEdw on Fri, 03/12/2021 - 12:57


We have been awarded £100,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enhance
biodiversity along our network.

Well-being goals

A resilient Wales

Ways of working

Collaboration Long term

What is Green Routes?

Transport for Wales has been awarded £100,000 from the Welsh Government’s Local Places for Nature scheme and the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enhance local biodiversity at and near its railway stations.

With more than 250 stations across the network, TfW has an opportunity to maximise the potential of these locations to incorporate living nature into station environments and within local communities. By collaborating with community partners, we will
introduce measures to enhance biodiversity and reconnect our passengers and local communities with nature.

As part of the project, titled Green Routes, TfW will introduce green features for 22 of its stations. Enhancements will include green walls, green roofs, planters, hanging baskets, trees and water butts. Bee hotels, bird houses, bat boxes, bug hotels, hedgehog
houses and ladybird houses will also be introduced to boost local biodiversity.

The project

The project will involve Station Adopters, community groups and local stakeholders. TfW will support local biodiversity projects in collaboration with five community partners within one mile of its railway stations.

The funding will be used to support the Enbarr Foundation near Hawarden Bridge, the Taff’s Well Village Hall, the Cambrian Village Trust near Tonypandy, Twyn Community Hub in Merthyr, and Bron Fair Allotments near Maesteg.

The company will enhance biodiversity and promote a variety of plant and animal life at several stations in the local authorities of Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf and

The project began in June 2021 and be completed by the end of the summer.

We’re very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with Transport for Wales to help preserve and protect our biodiversity at CVT, Cwm Clydach Countryside Park and across Mid Rhondda. It’s always been in our long-term plan to create an area to grow plants, fruit and vegetables and to work with the community to help maintain and sustain this garden.

Gavin McAuley

Outdoor Activity Coordinator, Cambrian Village Trust