Up to 150 free online training places are available for community groups in Wales who’d like to protect and restore nature.
Nabod Natur – Nature Wise is a programme which teaches how the natural environment works, the threats it faces, and how we can all help nature thrive.
The organisers, Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, are especially keen to target people who aren’t currently doing environmental work, such as faith groups or those working in the arts or social projects. Participants will develop action plans for themselves or their groups, using their knowledge for the benefit of wildlife and habitats.
The courses will run online monthly from October 2021, with participants joining two online sessions with a total time commitment of 5-6 hours. Those successfully completing the course will be awarded a certificate, and follow-up contact will help them maintain progress and share ideas to inspire others.
Paol Stuart-Thomson from the mental health charity Springfield Mind took part in the pilot Nature Wise scheme earlier this year. He said:
“Since doing the course, I’ve started buying used products instead of new, begun topping up my garden bird bath and added an electric motor to my bike so I can use the car less. The course empowers people to change and in today’s world, that is a marvellous result.”
The free places are available thanks to £50,000 funding from the Co-op Foundation.
If you’re involved in a community group in Wales, you can sign up for Nature Wise at: