Afonydd Cymru was last week awarded a £180,000 grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
The funding is spread over three years and will support Afonydd Cymru’s core activities, which include projects encouraging local communities to become involved in protecting and enhancing their rivers. It will also enable delivery of more environmental improvements in rivers across Wales by allowing the charity to better support the network of six individual Welsh river trusts in their own efforts to resolve issues such as water pollution.
Gail Davies-Walsh, CEO of Afonydd Cymru said: “We are extremely grateful to Esmee Fairbairn for their generous and vital support. This funding will be to the benefit of the whole Welsh river trust movement and comes at a time when rivers in Wales are suffering considerable and numerous pressures.”
She added: “This funding will enable Afonydd Cymru to expand its own operations and to provide the support needed to Welsh rivers trusts. They are the ones on the frontline of river restoration in Wales, delivering the physical improvements required.”