Pentwyn – Funding Nature acquisition No. 2

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2023 @ 4:55 pm

Completely delighted to be able to share that the second acquisition catalysed by my Funding Nature project completed in October 2021.

Myself and 3 others (including Nick Marple and Andrew MacKay) provided patient loans to Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, enabling it to purchase 164 acre Pentwyn in Mid-Wales.  

There are now 4 other potential acquisitions in progress.

We are in a climate and biodiversity crisis and myself and the other lenders are investing in our families’ future by helping charities like Radnorshire Wildlife Trust buy land and restore its biodiversity and sequester carbon.   This is a truly inspirational site and we are so pleased to have been able to help restore it to nature and people.

Community involvement will be absolutely key to plans for the site.

RWT’s Chief Executive James Hitchcock explained: “As well as managing the land extensively for wildlife, we will be looking for opportunities to create jobs and involve the local community.  We have started to develop our vision for the land and raise funds to re-pay the loan.  

We hope the site will showcase what is possible as we move into the new payment system post Brexit for land, where public benefits such as clean air, soil, water, and increased wildlife will all be favoured.”

The Trust is currently advertising for a business development manager for the site, described by Mr Hitchcock as “A fantastic opportunity for someone to join us for 2 years and help make our vision a reality.” 

Jenny Chryss RWT Chair, said: “Radnorshire is the smallest Wildlife Trust on the UK mainland, yet thanks to the generosity of Julia and her fellow lenders we have been able to make this hugely exciting purchase.  We look forward to working with our neighbours, local farmers and landowners, and we hope that visitors to Pentwyn will leave with a lasting memory of what we made possible for wildlife, community, and people.”

Find out more about Pentwyn.

Rewilding the countryside, one farm at a time - Guardian Observer Article

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